By Ohio & Indiana Regional Coordinator, Lily Hutkowski
This past week, I’ve been able to bring our “Life After Roe” display to six campuses across Indiana and Ohio! We’ve had incredibly meaningful conversations about why women deserve better than what the abortion industry and our culture preaches. My students have been rock stars, humanizing the preborn and educating their peers about nonviolent options like adoption as well as resources to help support pregnant and parenting students.
When working in a field that involves so much death, some days are a little darker and you feel the significance of our culture of death.
Today was one of those days. I learned even more about the abortionist in South Bend, Indiana (Ulrich “George” Klopfer) and even heard some argue that what he did was not wrong. Even those who call what he did disturbing (like South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg), fail to recognize that abortion is happening every day and that it in itself is disturbing and wrong… certainly not healthcare. Over two thousand children were not only killed, but treated callously like lab specimens by a doctor who took an oath to heal.
Then I arrived at the University of Toledo and met a young woman who believed that life has no value – not even her own. She celebrated abortion, so I sought common ground with her about respecting born people. But she told me it would be acceptable to let a newborn baby die and that we can “just kill people”. We talked about a post-Roe America where mother and child are given dignity and love, to which she called us idealistic. Watch/listen to the video below:
In the video, the woman was referencing an earlier part of the conversation where I asked if it was okay to kill toddlers, and she said she judges people on their productiveness for society. Earlier, she’d said it would be okay to kill an infant. She said she’s an anarchist and knows she’s radical. She said lots of things have happened to her and she doesn’t think her own life or anyone’s life has any natural value.
We were able to stay in a civil conversation with one another, but every part of the conversation hurt and shocked us. This woman was hurting and lacked hope, which was quite apparent in how flippantly she spoke of human worth and the apparently easy decision to kill unproductive people. The president of Toledo Students for Life, Francis, and I told her that she had value and that no matter her suffering, all human life matters.
This is why what we do is important. Especially in a culture that has started to point to abortion as a climate change solution and doesn’t turn their noses at “baby eating,” we need leaders like Francis and his group. They bring hope to their campus, supporting a community where people value other human beings, both born and preborn. I’m thankful that even in the days where I see the darkness of our culture of death a little more, that students in Indiana and Ohio are not giving up. It’s not idealistic to fight for a day where the injustice of abortion is unthinkable. It’s the power of a Pro-Life and Post-Roe generation, trained and empowered by Students for Life of America and motivated by love.