A post-Roe America is a BETTER America. The Fall 2019 Campus Tour “Life after Roe,” debunks common myths and fears about reversing Roe v. Wade. Women have been lied to for years. We DON’T need abortion to pit us against our children, we need support and resources, and so much support is already out there. This tour is about exposing Roe’s extremism and paving a way to the Pro-Life Movement’s finish line.
As such, it can touch a few nerves.
This tour gets to the root of what people think about abortion. When you ask someone what they think about Roe and explain what it is (many college students have never heard of the case!), they often say that women need a choice. Students for Life groups in Indiana and Ohio have been able to not only talk about the case, but discuss why abortion solves no problems and hurts and disrespects both women and the preborn.
We still have some work to do, though. Like I said, many have never even heard of the Roe v. Wade case (let alone Doe v. Bolton, which is Roe’s equally important companion case). I’m thankful for the opportunity to educate and talk about the value of life. I’ve also heard some pretty crazy things from people which shows why these active Students for Life group’s work is SO important!
The Crazy Stuff
I. We asked one staff member at Butler University what he thought about Roe v. Wade and the first thing he told us is that abortion decreased crime and is therefore good. The implications of what he is saying clearly come from a place of prejudice, given crime statistics. He’s suggesting that we just disproportionately kill babies who are statistically likely to be criminals. Yikes.
II. I received one threat. One man was stuck on the euphemism of “choice,” we talked about supporting women and their children, as well as fetal pain which starts around 20 weeks. He did not think it mattered if children feel pain because he truly thought women need abortion. I continued to challenge him on what he was saying and he told me, “I am going to leave before I do something.” I asked him what he was thinking about doing and received no answer… so I thanked him for the conversation and he went on his way.
III. One student told me that if I believe in God, I should accept abortion because all babies go to heaven. I thought, presumably, that if all fetuses go to heaven, all newborns probably go to heaven, too (by virtue of innocence). So I asked her if it is also acceptable in her eyes to kill newborns – to which she had no answer. She also compared us to Hitler pushing his ideas on others, so I responded on that theme about the danger of dehumanizing an entire population.
IV. And lastly, there was a student told me to ‘stop using so much science’ in our conversation. Sure. Why not just leave facts out of it.
The Bright Side
There are always a few wild comments when we take the Students for Life tour out for a spin. But there’s a lot more light than darkness that results from these displays. For instance, one student started out completely supportive of “choice.” After learning about what first wave feminists about abortion, that it is “the ultimate exploitation of women” and that women should never have to choose between themselves and their children, she changed her stance on Roe V. Wade.
Not to mention, countless students who had never even considered the humanity of the preborn did so for the first time! This is the mastery of the abortion industry. Their carefully chosen rhetoric does a great job of making people forget the people in question. After all, how can we discuss abortion without identifying the subject? We can’t not talk about the preborn. I’m honored and blessed to get to share these facts with people, often for the first time.