Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Are We Shaming Women? By Lisa Atkins, SFLA Northwest Regional Coordinator
November 5, 2014
Are We Shaming Women?
By Lisa Atkins, SFLA Northwest Regional Coordinator
Students for Life of America’s Planned Parenthood Project has been touring campuses all across the country since the beginning of the semester. The visual display is made up of 915 pink crosses to represent the number of unborn children that die each day inside of Planned Parenthood. In addition, the display has billboards that cite Planned Parenthood’s own annual report numbers and testimony from former employees to call into question their “caring” image.
I have participated in a handful of these on campuses in my own region, as well as counseled students at other universities who have done similar displays, like the Cemetery of the Innocents, which also consists of putting small crosses in the ground to represent the children lost through abortion. There is an overwhelming concern among the pro-life students during these displays that they are shaming women who have had abortions or causing a bad emotional response for these women. One of my pro-life students emailed me about this:
“Another concern is that we did hurt people yesterday. Many people were offended by our display and said mean and hateful things about it. There were people who were hurt by what we were doing. Though none of us meant to hurt anybody, we still did anyway. How do we handle the hurt and damage we unintentionally spread yesterday? I just feel guilty for offending people who felt offended.”
We are looking for a Regional Coordinator for Northeast (ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT).
Are you considering full-time work in the pro-life movement? Are you a passionate pro-lifer, outgoing, and excited about training other pro-lifers to abolish abortion? Students for Life of America is looking for a Regional Coordinator for the Northeast part of the country. Do you think you may be right for the job? Read the job description below and send us your resume if you think you would be a good fit!
Sensationalism always sells and gets clicks but it doesn’t mean it’s helpful to a particular cause or to the credibility of the claim itself. When talking about an issue as serious as the taking of a life of another human being in abortion, it’s important to be accurate and present478611913 well-formed arguments that can be backed up with data.
Because of the passion of those on both sides of the abortion debate, sometimes sensational claims are made that don’t have sufficient data behind them. Some pro-life advocates claim that the heart of a preborn baby starts beating at 18 days when in reality, it starts around 22 days after fertilization. Or slogans like “adoption, not abortion” implies that adoption is an alternative to pregnancy when it’s really not. For abortion numbers, many pro-lifers will say there are 4,000 abortions a day, other say 3,300. The latest data reports 1.06 million abortions in 2011 which equals 2,904 per day.
The importance of intellectual honesty in the abortion debate cannot be understated.