The pro-choice side loves to say they support choice, but in truth, that choice is death.
29 May 2021
Annick Tankus I saw a post that said, “Pro-Choice doesn’t mean Pro-Abortion.” It went on to say that Pro-Choice simply wants to give the woman the ability to have a right over her body. To which I say—No! What the post fails to see (or purposefully chooses to ignore) is that Pro-Choice and Pro-Abortion works hand-in-hand which is why the Christian must say no to such statement.
What does Pro-Choice mean? If we go by how the post explained it—the simple act of allowing women to have right over her body—it seems pretty good and makes sense. Women should have their right to their bodies. However, like most things, there is a limit. Just as someone cannot go into a filled stadium and yell “fire” because they have free speech, a woman does not have the right to every single action directed to her body. This post is focusing too heavily on the never-ending divide between men and women. It implies that men can do anything they want with their bodies because they are masculine, and we live in such a “patriarchal society.”
This is true to some extent that the male figure appears to be allowed to do things that a woman could not do. However, it fails to realize that the past is the past and that it is the job of this generation and future ones to change these stereotypes and conformities within our society. It also ignores the very fact that just because the “man” does it, does not make it right for him either. Both male and female do not have rights over their bodies. It is hard to understand this concept without a moral and Christian background. The moment when one realizes that God owns the body because He was the creator, it makes sense why Pro-Choice cannot work.
Pro-Choice may seem to give the woman the right to take responsibility for her action(s), but really it is allowing her to ignore the fact that actions have consequences. It is hard to separate Pro-Choice from Pro-Abortion as the only reason the term “Pro-Choice” exists is to advocate for a woman to have the right to an abortion. This begs the question: should woman be allowed to be Pro-Choice? The answer is yes. God gave each being free will—the right to chose to be righteous or unrighteous. Nevertheless, this free-will/choice becomes an issue the moment one infringes on the right of another.
And that is exactly what Pro-Choice does. It allows for the infringement on another’s life through Pro-Abortion. It offers an option (the option to abort) and because it does so, it must be condemned. One already has the right to do “whatever” with their bodies. People can choose if they want tattoos, piercings, nose jobs, etc… but they do not have the right to choose when it comes to a life inside of the mother. Anything that allows even the possibility to murder an innocent human being is wrong—even in the smallest form. Thus, Pro-Choice is Pro-Abortion.
While abortion is wrong because it is murder, it is also wrong on another level. When the mothers actually abort the child, they are critically failing in one singular way- their responsibility. It is in their duty to their child, the child they carried and nourished, that they fail. They assume the duty, the responsibility, at the moment of conception, and that responsibility is carried until the moment that the child is aborted, and then, at that exact point, that duty is willfully broken and scattered. What makes abortion crucially terrible is the fact that a responsibility that is the duty owed to an innocent is intentionally ignored. In fact, ignoring our own responsibilities is one of the most wicked things we can do, because our duties are given in trust, and by failing in our duties, we are intentionally or unintentionally breaking trust. Trust, when broken, is irreparable.
But what is responsibility? Responsibility is the duties given to us by trust, and by trust, we are held by our honor, and an innate sense of justice, to fulfill these obligations. Responsibility is an account. We are morally held to be accountable. As Christians we are responsible to live well; for this we will give an account. During times of war, warriors must give an account to their commanders. During judicial trials witnesses must, by oath, give an account of their responsibilities and of how they failed or how they didn’t fail.
We are not forced, however, to act with honor towards these ties we’ve made. We’re compelled by our inner senses of justice, honesty, and virtue. That is why we shun those who dishonor their responsibilities, because by doing so, they’re proving that they have no sense of honor, justice, or honesty. People without such things are truly to be pitied.
Our actions distinguish us. By walking with grace, judging with honesty, being firm with justice, by proving that we are trustworthy do we show that we will treasure such responsibilities, such duties. By allowing people to ‘fact-check’ our words, works, and actions, we give them the opportunity to safely bestow their trust. Trust is a valuable thing, and not something to be taken lightly. It’s fragile and it must be treasured. Trust is the inner heart of a relationship, and responsibility is the duty to protect that. Our hearts are the center of our bodies; without them we cannot survive. Just so, relationships cannot survive without trust; that is the mark of someone truly responsible; they prove that trust is something worth protecting. We earn trust; it isn’t lightly given. And those who earn trust, treasure it.
Yet some are forced to give trust without being given the opportunity to know who they trust; those who do this are the most innocent, the most defenseless, the most vulnerable. It is the common duty of all to protect these. ‘To promote the general welfare’ is to protect the innocent. To ‘provide for the common defense’ is to defend the vulnerable. To ‘insure domestic tranquility’ is to insure the safety of all. The calling to defend the helpless is a calling of the highest order, and its weight carries great responsibility, and those who carry it are duty-bound to honor it. And the duty of a mother and a father is no less.
A family is filled with duties and obligations: a father to love his wife and care for his children; a mother to love and raise her children; a child’s duty to respect their parents; these duties exist from the moment a family is formed. When a mother gives birth she alone does not carry the responsibility of the child. Although legally she may, it is the father who is entrusted with the support and livelihood of the child. So just as we shame mothers for abandoning their child and breaking its trust, a father is equally to blame for when they abandon the mother to fend for herself. A family is a battleship; each sailor, not the captain alone, is responsible to fulfill their chosen duties (their responsibilities) in order to ensure that their ship doesn’t sink. The crime of betraying the trust of a babe is horrific. They are totally dependent upon their trust being upheld and honored; they cannot survive by themselves, they depend upon others, so by breaking their trust, they are being broken themselves.
In addition to being the Patroness of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadelupe is one looked to in the pro-life moment.
15 May 2021
Though our fight for the most innocent has spanned since and before the decision of 1970s Roe v. Wade, the slaughter of the defenseless dates back hundreds of years earlier. In 1521, when Hernán Cortés, a Spanish Conquistador, landed in the ripe terrain of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlán, he and his men witnessed a macabre, inhuman ritual. Native priests slicing open the chests of victims with obsidian blades-sharper than modern surgical steel, offering their beating heart to pagan gods, then throwing the lifeless bodies of victims down the steps of the Templo Mayor, the main temple of Tenochtitlán. Based on the Aztecs’ own account, these practices costed over 250,000 lives each year.
But the question is why did they do this? What made them perform such barbaric acts of violence against innocent human beings? The answer is fear. Fear of their gods. It is comparable to women having to face the monstrosity of abortion. Human sacrifice kept the Aztecs in such physical and spiritual terror. Very much like today, destruction, and immorality were embedded in their culture and way of life. Still, Spaniard Missionaries prohibited practices such as human sacrifice, tore down temples, and attempted to convert the Aztec people. While conversion worked for some, it was far from enough. Human sacrifice continued throughout the region. The fear of their idols kept the majority of Aztecs from turning to the one true God.
It was not until 1531, ten years later, when the real change began. Juan Diego was a fifty-five-year-old Native Catholic convert. It was his daily route to walk nine miles to his church and catechism lessons in Tlatelolco. So on Saturday, December 9th, 1531, at daybreak, he was off. As he passed a hill known as Tepeyac, what appeared to be a beautiful native woman, lit up by the golden beams of the sun, called him by name in his native language from the hill. She told him she was the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe (she who crushes the serpent’s head), and requested a church be built in her honor, in order for the entire region to turn to her Son, Jesus Christ, the One True God. When Juan Diego told the Bishop of such things he was skeptical and asked him to bring back evidence of Our Lady’s appearance. On December 12th, 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe filled Juan Diego’s tilma (cloak) with roses to present to the Bishop. As Juan Diego finally stepped into the place of the Bishop, he dropped his cloak and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe miraculously appeared.
And with that, the church was indeed built.
Through the image of Our Lady, over nine million people converted to the Catholic Faith in the following years.
The entirety of the continent. No longer did the native people live in constant fear against the “bloodthirsty gods who demanded the death of their children.”(hli.org) The violent act of human sacrifice ended. Though, not once and for all. It has been over half a millennia since the miraculous image of Our Virgin Mary, still, human sacrifice has not yet ended in our land, to our people. Each and every day a life is taken by the act of abortion on the altar of fear, through the culture of selfishness and destruction.
As the years have gone by, the image of Our Lady has traveled far and wide across countries, including the United States. And with that, it has become a symbol of the pro-life movement. It continues to change minds and hearts and even persuade people from the act of abortion. Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, has witnessed this first hand:
“In one instance in Florida, a Catholic girl who was already in the clinic’s waiting room looked outside and saw us praying, and decided to cancel her abortion. She came out to talk to us. We arranged for all the assistance she needed, and later that year I had the joy of baptizing her baby, whom she named ‘Guadalupe.’ The image speaks to these girls a message of hope. It also speaks to the pro-life people a message about the task before us. We who fight abortion do not see abortion walking down the street. Instead, we see a girl, frightened and in the grip of despair. We, the Church, are to reach out to her in what is the most critical pastoral mission of our day.” (PriestsforLife.org)
Still, it seems that the sanctity of human life is gone. It seems that all odds are against us to stop this. Quite frankly, the odds of us abolishing abortion seem downright impossible. As I look around at the events in our country, it gets more and more evident that the lawmakers and people who bring change to this country want the utmost pro-abortion laws you can possibly obtain. But who really are the ones who bring change to this country? Through the power, mercy, and strength of God, our nation has the potential to bring change beyond our belief. It is a matter of if we know it or not. It’s a matter of, no matter how dim things get, no matter how hopeless things seem, we will keep on fighting. Fighting for the most important right, life.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is pregnant in her apparitions and image. It is important to remember the struggle that our Virgin Mary went through while carrying the Christ in her womb. Still, she trusted in God. She was young and her pregnancy was humanly unplanned. Our salvation began with an unplanned pregnancy! She and her son, Our God, Jesus Christ can relate and provide us refuge in our struggle to end abortion. Jesus sacrificed his life for all of humanity, while our culture selfishly continues to destroy and pervert life. This story of how God, through his mother, again, saved lives that could have been lost through human sacrifice, holds as a reminder for me of what can be done. Change seemed as impossible in 1531 as it does today. Despite the odds, Aztec human sacrifice ended. Despite the odds, Juan Diego’s faith, though it could’ve been as small as a mustard seed–saved him. Matthew 19:26, “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ ”
With this article, I encourage not only those at GreatLife, not only Christians, but we as American pro-lifers to never give up the fight for life. As we face this goliath, may we ask for Our Lady’s protection, direction, and intercession. That she will continue to crush the serpent’s head (abortion) and tread on evil, in order to save the lives of the innocent. “Under her motherly care, I place … the innocent lives of children, especially those who are in danger of not being born,” St. Pope John Paul II- 1999. At this point, it is extremely conspicuous that the act and glorification of abortion absolutely disgusts me. I too am tired of the demoralization, glorification, and killing of innocent human life. But Our Lady of Guadalupe’s famous words remind me, “Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear any sickness or anguish. Am I not here, am I not your mother? Are you not under my protection?” Let us never forget them! May they continue to be in our hearts. As we fight to criminalize abortion. And even when abortion is abolished. Now and at the hour of our death.
“Oh Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of Life, We honor you as Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn and pro-life movement. Thank you for pointing us to Jesus your Son, The only Savior and hope of the world.Renew our hope in him, That we all may have the courage to say Yes to life, And to defend those children in danger of abortion. Give us your compassion To reach out to those tempted to abort, And to those suffering from a past abortion. Lead us to the day when abortion. Will be a sad, past chapter in our history. Keep us close to Jesus, the Life of the World, Who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.”
As presented to a somewhat pro-choice English class
Maria D. 8 May 2021
A miscarriage is a tragic thing- it is the loss of a child. To have a miscarriage must be a terrible feeling. We can all agree on that, right? Do you know what else is the loss of an unborn child’s life? Abortion is the intentional end of life. Five months into this year, there have been over fourteen million abortions worldwide. Abortion is wrong for a myriad of reasons, one being that life begins at conception.
96% of scientists agree with this. The fetus or embryo, depending on how long since conception, is not the woman’s body.
It may be in it, but it is not part of it. Lastly, the effects of abortion on women are terrible. Women have died from complications of their abortions. Abortion is always wrong, which is why we should be pro-life.
An embryo’s heart starts beating sixteen days after it is conceived, long before most women know they are pregnant. When your heart has stopped beating, you are dead. When your heart is beating, surely you are alive. At conception, your sex is decided. You get XX chromosomes if you are female, XY chromosomes if you are male, and there is the rare occasion of getting XX-XY chromosomes and being some of both. The actual female and male parts will develop between six and eighteen weeks. Brain activity starts in the womb, as does movement, like kicking. Kicking can be felt by the mother in the thirteenth week. In Bruce Carlson’s book, he says, “Almost all higher animals start their lives from a single cell, the fertilized zygote.” A zygote is a fertilized egg. He continues, “The time of fertilization represents the starting point in the life history… of the individual.” Carlson, along with the majority of scientists, conclude that life begins at conception.
The Irish word for unborn is “gan breith,” which translates to “alive but not born yet.” Adding to this, a child can be born prematurely at around 20 weeks old and survive. What makes that born developing human different from a 24 week old in the womb?
You will be called a misogynist for saying this- but the child in its mother’s womb is not her body.
Is it her body being aborted? The child has its own set of DNA, different from the mother’s. It also has a different gender half the time. If it was her body, she would have four legs, twenty fingers and toes, and two heads. There are two separate heartbeats. There is a difference between being in a body and being that body. Yes, the developing baby relies on her, but it is not her. Is it her heart being stopped? Depending on what type of abortion, is it her being given a heart attack?
Is it her body being pulled apart? Is it her being suffocated? No, it is not. The one suffering (not that the mother does not suffer at all, but she is not being murdered like the child) is the one who did not ask for this in any way or have actions that lead to it. Speaking of things that lead to abortion, the rape cases are always brought up by the opposing side. Rape makes up less than one percent of abortions. To be precise, it is the cause of .003% of abortions. A child conceived through rape is not any less of a person because of their father’s crime, nor should they die because of it. Two wrongs do not make a right.
Speaking of the mother’s body, the affects of an abortion on it and her mental health are very bad.
Twenty percent of women have immediate complications after their abortion. A post-abortive woman compared to a woman who gave birth to a child is 81% more likely to have mental health issues, 27% more likely to use marijuana, 21% more likely to have suicidal tendencies, and 35% more likely to commit suicide. In 2012, there was a study, done by an abortion activist named Dr. David Grimes, which concluded getting an abortion was safer than giving birth. However, this study is packed with problems. The information he relied on came from the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s “research branch. For a study involving abortion, maybe he should not have relied on information from the nation’s biggest abortion provider. Dr. David Grimes had also been previously affiliated with Planned Parenthood. Another issue is that he estimated. The number of maternal deaths was very precise, because hospitals are required to report those. The number of deaths due to an abortion is unknown. Lastly, studies in Denmark and Finland showed opposite results: maternal death is higher in abortions. Post-abortive women are also two times more likely to become alcoholics, more likely to abuse future children, and six times more likely to use drugs. 19% suffer from all the symptoms of Post Abortive Syndrome, and half suffer from some: anxiety attacks, irritability, outbursts of rage, nightmares, sleep difficulties, flashbacks, alcohol abuse, and intense grief on the baby’s due date or the anniversary of its death. Getting an abortion also increases the risk of breast cancer, ectopic pregnancies- which are when the embryo grows outside of the womb and needs to be removed, as neither it nor the mother could survive-,
future miscarriages, and stillbirths, which are when the child is born dead. An Argentinian abortion activist died from complications in April after receiving one of the first legal abortions there. Abortions harm both the mother and the child.
We should be pro-life because abortion is always wrong. Life begins at conception. Sex is decided right away, along with other traits that determine how you will look, which is relevant bcause so many of the humans’s features are decided even when it is as small as your finger. The child is not the mother’s body. A child has a different heartbeat and DNA from the mother. The affects of an abortion on a woman are very bad. Some of these affects include suicidal behaviors, abusing future children, life-threatening ectopic pregnancies, and alcoholism. Although some people believe being pro-choice is compassionate towards the mother and do not believe it is murdering humans, my points have shown you abortion is harmful. It is the fifth leading cause of maternal death. Now that you are completely aware of how horrible abortion is, will you stand up for life?
“Almost all higher animals start their lives from a single cell, the fertilized ovum (zygote)… The time of fertilization represents the starting point in the life history, or ontogeny, of the individual.”[Carlson, Bruce M. Patten’s Foundations of Embryology. 6th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996, p. 3]
Rosa Parks, a personal hero of mine, lived a hard life, and on the day when she sat down and was demanded to move, her life got harder. But rather than resignedly sighing and giving in, she turned her stubborn eyes to her assailant. There was a glint of steeled determination in her eyes. She was determined to fight. Her resolve earned her prison. Her resolve earned her hardship. It earned her the additional resolve of her fellow countrymen. It earned her a campaign.
We, like Rosa, battle for our cause, and yet our causes, while separated by the span of time, are crucially similar. She battled for freedom. We battle for life. Both of us battle for that which is right. But as we battle, as we rally round our standard, we must determine two things; these things will shape our futures. All who battle fight for someone. Who are we fighting for? And perhaps more importantly, how are we fighting?
We fight for justice. We fight for understanding. We fight for life. We fight for the unknown, those who were exterminated before they were given a chance to be known. But truly, I think we fight for the mothers. For intrinsically, I believe that the one harmed more, rather than the innocent, is the guilty. For the guilty are not unmarked, they are forever identified by ‘Cain’s Curse’. (See Genesis 4). Their crimes are imprinted upon their personalities. They have to go through life with a wounded and marred conscience. This takes its toll. Cain’s Curse has marked them, and by its aftereffect, they’re torn apart. I believe that by directing our duty towards the mothers, we will truly be fighting abortion, because in the end, it is the mothers who make the decisions. It is the mothers who make the choice. It is the mothers who need compassion.
Our goal is change, and change is what we’re going to get, yet change cannot be something we rush. Rushed change is something resisted, something abhorred. Our change will be slow, and it will be hard. But with faithful effort steeled with truth, we will prevail.
We fight a revolution; a cultural one. And we must fight with revolutionary techniques. Historically, fighting has been used as a final solution, or, perhaps more aptly, the solution. Google defines the verb fight as, “to take part in a violent struggle involving the exchange of physical blows or the use of weapons” (google.com). And yet, Christ fought and not once did he even glance at a weapon as a means to the final solution; He fought, and ultimately won, with compassion. Gandhi fought but, rather than using guns, weapons were used against him! He went days without eating to show his devotion to his cause. I encourage us at GreatLife to fight in the same manner; with our words. And not with snide quips, or proclamations of rebellion, but rather with the spoken truth and the truth lived out. I would encourage us as Americans to fight for not just the freedom of self, but freedom for all; a freedom that can be enjoyed by all, by giving all the privilege to enjoy doing what’s right. That freedom won’t be a particular freedom that can only be enjoyed by a certain party or a certain person, but by everyone. These freedoms will not be exhibited by division, but by unity. Not by hatred but by compassion.
At the end, I must say this; whether we fight for the murderers or the murdered, the wounders or the wounded, the innocent or the guilty, intrinsically it comes down to how we fight and why we fight. At home, at Greatlife, in America, I believe that we must choose to fight, but we must choose to fight as Christ fought the devil, with genuine love and with campaigns of compassion, not judging, but understanding.