Life 101: Learning Early in Life What Life Is

What about those who don’t know anything about either side?

Marianne Petersen

24 April 2021

Pro-life and pro-choice discussions are common today compared to when I was a teenager. The internet didn’t exist back in the 80s. Plus I was one who, while growing up, only knew the basic facts that those two cells met and began to grow.  I know that was because I was the youngest of seven, thus never witnessed my mom going through a pregnancy. When I was 19 years old, I only knew a few young adults who had unplanned pregnancies, and since they kept the babies, I did not need to learn what took place in abortion.

Having gone through my own unplanned pregnancy is when my eyes opened up to the truth: Life begins at conception.

As we are all aware, there are many people already on one side or the other, pro-life or pro-choice. But what about those who don’t know much about either side? What about those not able to discuss that issue because they are unaware of what goes on inside the womb? 

Allow me to give an example. Let’s say there is a 13 year old named Beth hanging out with a few friends after school. For the first time, the abortion topic comes up as they begin talking about so-and-so’s older sister’s friend.

“I just know that if that was me, I’d sure have an abortion,” one of Beth’s friends said.  “I don’t want to be a mom until way after I’m out of high school.”  

“I agree,” said another. “And of course I’d never want my mom to know if I was. No way would I want that simple blob inside to get bigger. I’d have an abortion, too. After all, it’s not really a person until it’s almost born.”

Beth, who only knew that an abortion kept the baby from coming out alive, was not comfortable saying anything. She just listened, gluing down everything she was hearing. Sad to say, the root of thinking abortion is fine was planted.

But what if Beth had already heard it’s not just a ‘blob inside’. Suppose she was well aware of how complex and beautiful a real person is right after conception. Suppose she already felt strongly about it all because she knew it’s a scientific fact that there are thought processes at work in unborn babies.

Perhaps she wasn’t that comfortable to speak up, but she was at least not letting that type of conversation get her going on that wrong path. Wouldn’t it be perfect if she was then daring to speak up right then and there? Perhaps there was one more friend there who was the ignorant one who later asks Beth about what she said. AMEN!

Can you see the difference? Can you agree that having younger kids know some of these amazing facts could benefit others? It might even save a life.

In my next writing, I’ll share who, what, and how these important facts might be shared to younger kids who are young enough to listen yet old enough to learn.

Life 101: Learning Early in Life What Life Is

Planned Parenthood and the Abortion Industry Oppress Women

Places that claim to empower women do exactly the opposite.

Avery Hines

17 April 2021

Throughout its history, Planned Parenthood has been proven over and over again to oppress and take advantage of minorities. Planned Parenthood doesn’t only oppress immigrants and people of color, however. They are also one of the largest oppressors of women currently in America. Though Planned Parenthood relies on new-age feminism and the “Pro-Choice” slogan to carry their message through the masses, it actually leaves women with little choice at all, turns a blind eye to abuse, and is actively killing the next generation of women.

     One hot-button way that Planned Parenthood has been known to harm and oppress women is their multiple failures to report rape and statutory rape. One case against Planned Parenthood in regard to negligence was from sixteen-year-old Denise Fairbanks in Ohio. Denise arrived at Planned Parenthood on November 15, 2004 with her father, who was forcing the teen to receive an abortion. Denise took this opportunity to confide to a Planned Parenthood employee that she had been raped and abused by her father since the age of thirteen and that he had been the one to impregnate her. Planned Parenthood, however, didn’t report the abuse and sent Denise home after the procedure with her abuser. Denise was able to escape her father nearly a year and a half later. Years after gaining her freedom, Fairbanks filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood, which they settled in a civil court. This is far from the only time rape or abuse has been overlooked within the walls of Planned Parenthood. Other cases have included a young girl being taken into the counseling room with the man she arrived with, who was also her abuser (it is illegal in every state to bring anyone besides the woman in question into the counseling room). Another case reports Planned Parenthood performing three abortions on a minor without asking questions, which allowed her abuser to continue raping her for seven years. In a study of sex trafficking survivors done in 2014, Loyola University found that Planned Parenthood is one of the most frequented locations for sex workers and their pimps, second only to the ER. I find it strange that an organization so involved with movements such as the “Me Too” movement would exhibit such blatant negligence for sexual abuse and human trafficking. 

     Planned Parenthood is supposedly a non-profit organization. According to Webster’s dictionary, non-profit means “not making or conducted primarily to make a profit.” With this definition, you would assume that Planned Parenthood makes little to no revenue off of their services, right? Wrong. In fact, Planned Parenthood is generating more and more profit every year. Between the fiscal years of 2017 and 2018, their profit went up 802 million dollars, setting their total revenue for 2018 at 2.2 billion dollars. Planned Parenthood claims that only 3 percent of the government funding they receive goes towards abortions. That statistic, however, doesn’t answer the question of how much revenue Planned Parenthood receives from abortions, a question they have continually refused to answer. Many critics point out that you don’t usually receive money from giving out free birth control, so it is suspected that much of their revenue comes from the abortion procedure, though it has not been confirmed. One thing we do know is that whether for financial reasons or otherwise, Planned Parenthood encourages abortion over other alternatives, such as adoption. Pro-Life advocate and former Planned Parenthood worker Abby Johnson exposed the organizations faults in an article for The Hill published in 2017.

Johnson makes it clear that major benefits advertised by Planned Parenthood are a farce, including mammograms, which Johnson says are not offered at a single Planned Parenthood organization. Johnson goes on to accuse Planned Parenthood of wasting the time and resources of low-income women, who could get more adequate care at a different center. Johnson also brings to light lesser known “abortion-only” clinics, who provide no “health care”. One of the most shocking revelations, however, may be what Johnson writes about another former Planned Parenthood employee, known as Rhyan. Rhyan claims to have been urged by Planned Parenthood multiple times to “increase their revenue” and that she “needed to push abortion services as that generated the most income.” Sue Thayer, a former Director at Planned Parenthood, also testified in front of Congress in 2015, saying that Planned Parenthood “is more concerned about its bottom line than it is about the health and safety of women.” If this is all true, it proves that Planned Parenthood doesn’t truly care about women in the way they say they do. According to a study done in 2011, of 334,000 women who received abortions, only 2,300 were even offered adoption services by Planned Parenthood. The truth is that Planned Parenthood doesn’t give women a choice. As a corporation, it’s their goal to generate as much revenue as possible, which means that abortion is the only viable choice for confused or afraid women who find themselves walking through those blue glass doors.

     Lastly, how can an organization so “intent on helping women” kill approximately 304,410 women—that’s half of the number of all aborted children—every year? Gianna Jessen, a woman who actually survived a saline abortion when her mother was seven months pregnant, has spoken on this particular issue on many occasions, proclaiming “If women’s rights were so important, then where were mine?” This is an increasingly important question to ask yourself when constructing your views and opinions of the abortion industry. What made Gianna Jessen a person outside of the womb, yet not within? Where were her rights? Where are women’s rights for the thousands killed every year without a chance at life? I believe that as moral individuals it is our job to speak for those with no voice. That encompasses a vast group of people, all of whom are targeted by Planned Parenthood. The harsh reality is that Planned Parenthood as an organization puts not only women in danger but also unborn men, women, minorities, and handicapped. It’s well past time to give the voiceless a voice, and I believe that, as the pro-life generation, we are more than capable.

Citations:

Abby Johnson, opinion contributor. “Women Deserve Better than Planned Parenthood. I Know, I Worked There.” TheHill, 26 Jan. 2017, thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/316162-women-deserve-better-than-planned-parenthood-i-know-i-worked?rl=1.

“Child Sex Trafficking Cover Up.” Live Action, http://www.liveaction.org/what-we-do/investigations/child-sex-trafficking-cover-up/.

“Investigations.” Live Action, http://www.liveaction.org/what-we-do/investigations/.

Kurtzleben, Danielle. “Fact Check: How Does Planned Parenthood Spend That Government Money?” NPR, NPR, 5 Aug. 2015, http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/08/05/429641062/fact-check-how-does-planned-parenthood-spend-that-government-money.

Larimore, Rachael. “The Most Meaningless Abortion Statistic Ever.” Slate Magazine, Slate, 7 May 2013, slate.com/human-interest/2013/05/3-percent-of-planned-parenthood-s-services-are-abortion-but-what-about-their-revenues.html.

“What You Can Do.” Live Action, http://www.liveaction.org/what-we-do/investigations/aidingabusers/.

Perkins, Tony. “FRC Responds to Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report.” FRC, http://www.frc.org/pressrelease/frc-responds-to-planned-parenthoods-annual-report.

Planned Parenthood and the Abortion Industry Oppress Women

My First Pro Life Rally

Read about my experience and what I would do differently!

Maria D.

10 April 2021

I have always been pro life, but only recently I realized I needed to be involved. This year, I thought going to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. would be perfect. I could do school online that week when I was not participating. The March for Life ended up being largely cancelled, with only a few people permitted to go. 

One day I was asking my family for article ideas. My mom suggested interviewing someone who protested outside of an abortion clinic. 

About a week  later, she showed me something in our church bulletin. It was an advertisement for a 40 Days for Life protest outside of a local clinic. She shared this with me to contact the person whose email was in the information to interview, as she had suggested earlier. I asked if I could go to the event. She originally said no, but thankfully changed her mind over my spring break. 

I decided to make a sign, because I was inspired by Amanda Catey’s reel on GreatLifes’s Instagram, and also because I did not know some places provided signs for you.

Making My Sign 

  1. I bought a poster-board from Target. I definitely do not recommend using a simple poster board as your sign, especially if it is windy outside. Instead, I suggest using a piece of cardboard.   
  2. The words I chose to use for my sign were “glad you were born.” These words fit on a sign very well because they were all short. My brother measured the poster to make precise, equal-sized letters. 

  1. I penciled in the words. 
  1. I painted over the words in black, doing multiple layers (after putting magazine pages under to not get paint on the floor).
  2.  I filled in the white space with pink paint. 

At the event, it got uncomfortable holding my sign for an hour. One intelligent person used clips and string to make their poster be able to hang around themself. 

The Actual Event

When my mother and I arrived, we saw a single person outside the clinic. It was funny. I expected a small crowd of maybe 20 people, but it was just my mom, a nice woman, and myself. We got to know the woman. She told us the history of the place we were protesting outside of. 

The woman also told us some about the doctors. The main one was adopted, her father also working there. She was given life through adoption, and now prevents other unwanted children from being put up for adoption. 

The doctors there both did abortions and births. A lot of people giving them business were not aware that murder was commited in the same place they went for actual health care. 

They had also refused to allow health inspectors in. I would expect something like that from Planned Parenthood, but maybe all abortion places are that supsicious. 

People drove by, sometimes giving happy honks of support, while others had the audacity to flip us off.

As the time passed, a few more people trickled to the sidewalk with us. Everyone protesting was very kind. It seemed like everyone had something to recommend, like watching “Unplanned” or looking into the Radiance Foundation. 

Conclusion

When it was time to leave, I was grateful to leave the cold, but had had so much fun. I definitely think you should try going to some sort of rally for life. Make sure you are prepared- with a sturdy sign, any informative packets you want to give out if you plan on interacting with women planning abortions, and dressed for the weather. I am looking forward to my next pro life rally!

My First Pro Life Rally

What is the Big Sister Program?

We recently launched our big/little sibling program! Read about it here! 

Ava and Amanda

3 April 2021

On April 1st, GreatLife launched two mentorship programs; the big sister and big brother programs. These mentorships will be a place for experienced pro-lifers to connect with people who are newer to the pro-life movement. GreatLife will help foster friendships by creating activities and conversation starters with both an educational aim and the goal of forming friendships. 

As teens in the pro-life movement, we understand how hard it is to navigate what is going on. We want to provide you with a community of teens who are figuring out how to be pro-life in a world that seems pro-abortion. If you already have some experience in the pro-life movement, then signing up as a big sister would be perfect for you. As a Big Sister, you will have the opportunity to mentor someone who is newer to the pro-life movement. If you are relatively new to the pro-life movement or want extra support, you can sign up to be a little sister. As a Little Sister, you will have the opportunity to learn from an experienced pro-lifer and form an amazing friendship!

Whether you became pro-life yesterday, have been active for 10 years, or are somewhere in-between, this program will be beneficial to you! It is created by teens who understand the challenges within the pro-life movement. This program will provide the resources we wish we had when we first got started.

Our goal is to connect pro-lifers in order to inspire growth, empowerment, and encouragement. We hope you and your big/little will be advocates for each other through encouragement and reassurance when times get tough. It’s not always easy to be confidently pro-life, so it’s important to have a system of support. 

Does this sound like an opportunity you are interested in? Take our sign-up survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZoXiWpJphGUc18mG7SJdNRoVLSvCC-QSF0LcCYNRzGt7LQg/viewform

This survey helps us match you with your mentor/mentee based on similar interests. After you are paired, GreatLife will provide activities, challenges, and special opportunities within this program to ensure it will be enjoyable. Our activities will be released weekly but you are welcome to communicate however often works best for you. 

Sign up for the Big Sister Program: https://greatlifeteens.org/join-our-online-events-2/

Sign up for the Big Brother Program: https://greatlifeteens.org/big-brother-program/

Image from @greatlife_teens on Instagram 

What is the Big Sister Program?