By Kate Lodjic, Northwest Regional Coordinator.
“Hey Katie!! Guess what happened in class today?!”
I got this Snapchat message from the leader of the Northwest’s first middle school group.
Not only is Cascade Middle School Students for Life the first public middle school group in the Northwest, it is the first and only club at the school, which is located in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.
The students in this club are some of the most passionate pro-life warriors in the state. The leader went on to tell me that their health class teacher wrote Planned Parenthood on the board for them to use as a resource, and one of the club members promptly raised her hand and told the teacher to take it off the board (I love our students).
When the teacher asked why, she told her that Planned Parenthood is a bad place and does abortions.
A couple days later, the same teacher began a unit on fetal development and pregnancy. When she began talking about the development of the pre-born child, the leader raised her hand and asked a simple question. She asked, “At what stage of development do most abortions take place at Planned Parenthood?”
The teacher responded with “three months.” To which the student replied, “can you show us a picture of that stage of development?”
The teacher quickly Googled a picture of a fetus at three months, and put it on the projector for the students to see.
At three months, the baby can suck her thumb, yawn, can have complex facial expressions, and you can tell if it’s a boy or a girl. It looks like a baby.
The class was in a silent shock when they saw the photo. The leader had everyone’s attention, even the pro-choice students.
The pro-life leader wasn’t done. She then asked the teacher, “Well what’s not human about that baby?”
The teacher didn’t respond for a while, but said, “That’s a controversial issue, Emily, but pro-lifers believe that life begins at conception, while pro-choicers believe life doesn’t begin until later.”
Side note: science proves life begins at conception.
Needless to say, I think she changed the minds of most students in that class that day.
This is the same group of girls that had a baby save last year, after giving a fellow student pregnancy resource information.
This is why it is so important for pro-life groups to be present in middle schools and high schools. Planned Parenthood is in our middle school classrooms, in some areas of the Northwest, they are in the kindergarten classrooms – these children are five and six-years-old wearing princess t-shirts and superman shorts.
If we want to abolish abortion, we need to start the race at the beginning, when students are first forming their ideas about the abortion issue. There is no doubt in my mind that the students who were in that classroom will always remember what a baby at three months looks like, and that it is legal to kill that innocent little child. And hopefully, if they are ever faced with an abortion decision, they will think back to that day in 8th grade health class when they saw the picture of the little baby on the projector screen.