GUEST POST: The pro-life position is clear: we exist to make abortion unavailable and unthinkable, providing life-sustaining pregnancy and parenting support and resources to families. As part of this mission, Students for Life Action (SFLAction) and Students for Life of America (SFLA) recently organized more than 40 protests nationwide to let CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid know that selling Mifepristone and Misoprostol (the first trimester Chemical Abortion Pill regimen) is unacceptable and is putting women’s lives at risk (not to mention the preborn).
Standing in front of a CVS in Richmond, Virginia, exercising our First Amendment right of free speech, my pro-life group and I were approached by a woman who was irately upset that we were protesting the pharmacy. She ran inside and bought supplies to make a sign that read, “My Body, My Choice, God Bless.”
When a young woman in my group asked if she could talk with the pro-abortion woman, she responded with “No b*tch” and proceeded to use other horrific expletives. When I told her there was no need to use that language — we just wanted to talk — she eventually decided to somewhat converse with me.
Right off the bat, I asked her if she thought allowing access to the Chemical Abortion Pills would harm women.
She responded by deflecting and bringing up adoption and foster care. She asked us how many kids we all had adopted, and as we were all college students between the ages of 17 to 23, we all stated we would be adopting when legally able. Nevertheless, she said that our response wasn’t good enough.
As an adoptee from Russia myself, I find it vile that the pro-abortion side will use anything from adoption/foster care to rape and incest as a political pawn to push a pro-death agenda. That’s why I used an analogy that I first heard from SFLAction/SFLA President Kristan Hawkins.
I asked the abortion supporter since she was upset that young pro-lifers hadn’t adopted if she is also upset that the American Cancer Association (ACA) does not fight diabetes. This threw her off, and when she finally answered, she said, “No, because the ACA is targeted to fighting cancer, not diabetes.” I concluded, “Exactly, we are pro-life. Our first and foremost goal is to make abortion illegal and unthinkable and provide resources for mothers and fathers.”
I followed up by asking her if unwantedness is a determining factor in deciding if someone is granted human rights. She responded yes, and after further clarification, she also said she thought that kids in adoption and foster care should be aborted, as well.
I asked her if she thought I should have been aborted since I was “unwanted” and put up for adoption, to which she responded after a pause, “Honestly, maybe” (in a tone that meant yes after looking me up and down). We exchanged more words, and she left, with me saying Shabbat Shalom (Sabbath Peace) to show I had no ill intent as we were both Jewish.
I have talked to an overwhelming number of abortion supporters that share the same sentiment that unwantedness is a determining factor of rights. We are all endowed with certain unalienable rights, the greatest of these being the right to life because without life, we have no other rights.
We need to work to transform this culture of death into a culture of life, standing up for those who don’t have a voice and reminding this country that America is pro-life.
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