Abortion is a False Choice
Emily Jones |
Last month I was one of more than half a million people who participated in March for Life in Washington D.C. March for Life is a pro-life rally at the National Mall, followed by a march around Capitol Hill that ends at the Supreme Court. It has long been known as the largest organized protest in the world, and this year’s march saw record-breaking numbers of people. Yet put into perspective, this large crowd was equal to only one percent of the 55 million people who have been aborted since the Roe v. Wade court decision in 1973.
One-third of my generation is missing because of Roe v. Wade. These are people who could have been my best friends, cousins, boyfriends, and mentors. Inside every womb is potential, and for 40 years now we have been ruthlessly murdering these future athletes, scientists and inventors. We will never know who among them might have found a cure for cancer, invented a flying chair, or been the next leader of the free world.
“Our pain deserves to be acknowledged,” said a girl at the rally who had aborted her baby. Pro-life is pro-woman, and abortion is a real War on Women that is ignored. Abortion has killed over 25 million women before they had a chance to take their first breath. Then there’s the impact on an abortion’s decision maker. No one ever talks about how much abortion hurts the women who have them: 43% percent of these women suffer negative physical effects, including death in some cases. The psychological effects are much broader: Women who have had an abortion are six times more likely to commit suicide that those who have not. To reference one of the signs at the protest, abortion means that “One Heart Stops, Another Heart Breaks.”
The groups of people from all over the United States who came together last month to support the pro-life cause were heterogeneous, from pro-life Catholics to “Seculars for Life.” One particular sector of the protest that drew interest was the huge number of young people. Large busloads of college students came representing athletes to computer whizzes, and band members to sorority girls. Facebook and Twitter pages were abuzz with #MarchforLife trending, and the youth really seemed to pick up on the social media push. The drive to educate and inform youth on the real meaning of abortion is working, and recent Gallup polling shows that a majority of college students are pro-life.
This year’s rally honored Nelly Gray, the founder of March for Life, and highlighted the vision of the event: to be the world’s largest human rights demonstration, to overturn Roe v. Wade, and to build a pro-life image in our country. Many members of Congress came out to show their support, including Bob Lana (OH), Keith Rothfus (PA), Diane Black (TN), Brad Winstrop (OH), Tom Rooney (FL) and Anne Wagner (MO), to name a few.
Representative Chris Smith (NJ), Chairman of the Pro-Life Caucus, gave a compelling speech on the “staggering loss of precious lives.” He said that “abortion is a serious, lethal violation of fundamental human rights” and highlighted the fact that the passage of time has made us “more determined than ever to protect the weakest and most vulnerable.”
Representative Smith made the point that President Obama himself should, in theory, be a proponent of life. In his inaugural speech on Monday, President Obama said “together, we resolve that a great nation must care for the vulnerable … that all are created equal … and our journey is not complete until all of our children … are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.”
Smith concluded, “We indeed, Mr. President, must care for the vulnerable, but that also includes unborn children and their mothers. No one gets left out or left behind. All people are created equal. And our journey is not complete until all our children—including the child in the womb—are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.”
Having an abortion is a choice, but it is a false choice. Taking the life of another person is not our choice to make.
Emily Jones is an Institute intern and a sophomore at Georgia Tech University.