Students for Life of America organized a rally in protest of a study currently being conducted at the University of Hawaii on abortions committed on babies in the second trimester.
Several pro-life students and leaders in Hawaii gathered together yesterday afternoon for a rally against research being done at the University of Hawaii which tests whether or not oxytocin can reduce bleeding in mothers during and after abortion. The researchers are recruiting girls as young as 14-years-old to participate in second trimester abortions, where the unborn baby is 18-24 weeks gestation and has a fetal anomaly. No information has been given on who is funding this study, and pro-lifers in Hawaii want answers.
“We know that the University of Hawaii is doing research on preborn babies and their mothers. We know that these babies feel pain in the womb. We know that they are targeting minors. We know that they are targeting those with genetic disabilities like my son Gunner, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. But we don’t know who is funding the study,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “We don’t know if taxpayer dollars are paying for the study. We want an investigation into this research project, and we want it defunded now.”
More than a half dozen pro-life leaders and students spoke at the rally on the campus of the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Hawaii has some of the most lenient abortion laws in the entire country, and a majority of legislators are pro-abortion.
“Babies who have fetal abnormalities – Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, and other so called ‘imperfect’ babies, are being specifically targeted for abortion by Hawaii researchers,” said Lisa Atkins, Northwest Regional Coordinator for SFLA and a speaker at the rally. “They are deeming these preborn babies not only unworthy of life but only good for ‘research.’ It’s a complete disrespect of life. Abortion is not a research project; it’s a tragedy.”
One speaker at the rally shared her own experience of having an abortion at 14-years-old:
“We all thought abortion would erase the situation I had gotten myself in and we would go on living life the way it was,” said Kelly Stauffer of Silent No More. “This was sadly not the case.”
Other speakers included Jason Jones, Movie to Movement, producer of Bella, and Little Boy, currently in theaters, Eunice MacDonald, Silent No More, and Gloria Haynes, A Place for Women.
Rally participants, pro-life leaders and Students for Life groups are calling on Hawaii to investigate this research study led by researchers at the University of Hawaii.