Abortion is life-saving?
Does that sound incredibly contradictory to you? Because it does to me. That is one of the slogans of Preterm Cleveland, an abortion facility. Currently, PreTerm Cleveland has 16 new pro-abortion billboards up across Cleveland. The list of the billboard locations can be found here.
PreTerm Cleveland is targeting the Cleveland, Ohio area to, “reflect on the powerful role abortion plays in people’s lives.” To do so, they are hosting a series of 16 billboards around Cleveland. Each billboard presents a fill-in-the-blank sentence: “Abortion is ____.” And each billboard fills in the blank with a different word or phrase, to, “highlight the variety of ways abortion is important to our lives.” For instance: “Abortion is a blessing,” “abortion is right for me,” “abortion is liberty,” and “abortion is life-saving.”
While studies show abortion has many negative side effects on women, it also terminates the life of the child growing inside of her. PreTerm states that, “Abortion is a normal and necessary part of people’s lives. People from all walks of life have abortions for many different reasons. And each person’s experience is valid. To a physician, abortion may be a medical procedure that takes less than 10 minutes to perform. To a parent struggling to make ends meet, abortion may be the best way to love and care for your family. To a young person, abortion may be the chance to graduate. To all of us, abortion is foundational to a just society where we can live life on our own terms.”
The problem with this statement is that PreTerm assumes abortion is the solution to all of the things they listed. Abortion is not the solution, it is only a band-aid for a much larger problem. At Students for Life of America, our goal is to make abortion unthinkable. By unthinkable, we mean that if a parent must make the decision to end the life of their preborn child, or support their family… we, as a society are doing something wrong. What is the real problem in this situation? The preborn child? Or the fact that the family does not have the means to support their growing family? It is the latter. So, instead of focusing on “destroying the abortion stigma,” as PreTerm describes on their website. Let’s focus on providing love and support to the individuals who need it.
Bryan Istenes, the President of BW Right to Life, the Students for Life group at Baldwin Wallace University, had this to say about PreTerm’s 16 new “My Abortion, My Life” billboards in Cleveland, Ohio; “The new pro-abortion billboards, by the abortion clinic PreTerm Cleveland are a direct attack on women, and the pro-life movement. Their messages, such as “Abortion is Normal,” “Abortion is a Blessing,” and “Abortion is a Parenting Decision,” are wrong and inaccurate! PreTerm Cleveland is clearly trying to push their pro-abortion agenda on people, who feel there isn’t a hope besides abortion.”
Even worse, “The billboards are also placed in locations, where women are more vulnerable to abortions. Many of them are within walking distance from Cleveland State University. While there aren’t any of these billboards in Berea (20 minutes west of Cleveland), where Baldwin Wallace is located, these billboards, are still going to have a direct impact on my campus. Many students are from Cleveland, and many students go to Cleveland on the weekends for fun.”
“The billboards signal that the abortion industry is desperate for new ways to try and push their agenda on women.”
Additionally, Bryan says, “I plan to take my Students for Life group to a billboard and say a rosary and/or do sidewalk counseling. I also started a petition to get rid of these billboards, and it has gotten over 200 signatures in under 24 hours.”
Please join Bryan, and sign the petition to show PreTerm, we want them to remove these billboards, because abortion is not any of the things they claim it to be. We want women to know there is hope, and that there are organizations ready to help pregnant and parenting women. Let’s show them that we are the pro-life generation, and we will not stay silent!
Sign the petition here.