Meet Our Ambassadors! Part 1

Taya and Makayla

1 August 2021

Maria Demel

Hi, I’m Taya and I’m a GreatLife Ambassador!
I’m 17, I come from a family of 5, where I’m the youngest, with two older brothers. My family supports me in all that I do, especially the activities in the pro-life movement. I’d say that I’ve always been pro-life, but slowly over time as I understood more about the movement, I became very passionate about being pro-life. About a year ago I watched the movie Unplanned, after which I realized that I couldn’t just believe in the pro-life stance, I had to be active in the movement to help make a difference. Then I got involved by starting a teen pro-life group at my church, and getting more involved recently by becoming a GreatLife Ambassador!
Outside of being involved in the pro-life movement, I enjoy photography, playing soccer, and helping with the youth programs at my church.

Hi! I’m Makayla. I’m a 15 yearr old Christian going into the 10th grade. I’ve been prolife for about three years, not only because I’m adopted or a Christian but because I recognize that it is morally wrong to intentionally kill a preborn life. Out of all the other prolife organizations, I chose to apply at GreatLife because they’ve showed their dedication to building a culture of life back to America. They’ve shown to be incredibly hands on in their communities in order to make a difference. And I love that. I truly believe abortion can be abolished in our lifetime.

If you want to become an ambassador alongside these awesome women, follow @greatlife_teens on Instagram, as that is where it will be announced if we are ever looking for new ambassadors!

Meet Our Ambassadors! Part 1

The Gift of Adoption

“I can fulfill any desire because my mom chose life.”

24 July 2021

Nikki Tankus

2003

In 2002, I could have been found dismembered, thrown away—unknown and forgotten. I could have been passed off as a heavy period or a miscarriage. But neither of those things happened. Instead, I am blessed and loved by my friends and adopted family. I can fulfill any desire because my mother chose life.

I was adopted from ZhuZhou in the province of Hunan, China. I personally do not recall anything from my orphanage or the period where I was first bonding with my adopted family. I was about 18 months old at the time. My story is pretty much a mystery as I was left with nothing from my biological mom/family. There was no little note saying goodbye, no baby toy that I might have played with, no one to see who left me behind. I believe I was left at a police station or at some corner where the police found and rescued me.

God blessed me in more ways than one. Not only did He save me from an abortion—as many others would undergo due to China’s one-child/two-child policies—but He also provided me with a wonderful orphanage to provide for my needs. There are so many memoirs and books about how adopted children grow up with attachment struggles due to the harshness or unloving environments which is how my sister grew up. Rather, I had a place that loved and wanted to take care of me. I remember my adopted mom feeling jealous that my caretaker had such a special bond with me.

I was proud (and still am) of being adopted. It made me feel special—I had an aura of mystery around me. I never really thought too much about my biological family. I was never upset that I was adopted as I had read about some children who were. It was simply a part of me. But recently, I have begun to reflect on my adoption more. Sometimes, when I tell people, they feel sorry for me telling me how they find it awful that moms could just abandon their kids. That made me really stop and think. Sure, I sometimes felt sad as I theorized why my mom could have left me. Maybe she had me out of wedlock and simply did not want me. Maybe she wanted me, but the government or family did not. Maybe she lost me by accident. But I rarely dwelt on those thoughts.

Adoption should not be considered or equivalent to abandonment. Instead, adoption should be considered a gift-giving or a blessing from God. All mothers care for their children in some way or another. Even if they did not, adoption simply shows that God rescued that child and mother from the pains of abortion. I never thought of my adoption having a purpose. Now, however, I have been growing in the Pro-Life movement. I realized that my story could help persuade women to choose life and offer their children up for adoption. I know that I and others (who have been adopted) are a beacon to those considering putting their child up for adoption as well as others who are considering adoption. We are a beacon to those who were left in foster care or orphanages. I believe that is my purpose.

2021

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***original article from nosuchthingasunplanned.org used for GreatLife with permission of author

The Gift of Adoption

What is the Day of Tears?

And why should we lower our flags January 22nd?


10 July 2021

Maria D. 

Day of Tears Incorporated is a pro-life organization with two goals that, if accomplished, will alter how our country views abortion. 

The first of these goals is to make January 22nd, the anniversary of Roe Versus Wade, a day of remembrance titled the Day of Tears. This is in memory of the millions of children whose lives were taken by “doctors” in a “women’s health clinic,” or the ones who were killed through an at-home pill. Day of Tears wishes to make a national day of mourning, similar to how the country has Memorial Day. 

The second goal is to have everyone lower their flags to half-staff on January 22. This is so important because it would honor the lives lost to abortion, similar to how we honor lives lost to shootings or the recent coronavirus. Secondly, a visibly lowered flag will spark conversation. 

Conversation is essential to keep the pro-life movement moving forward. There are videos done by Live Action (https://www.instagram.com/tv/CRHFTkzr2KE/?utm_medium=copy_link) and Charlie Kirk (https://youtu.be/tEDgpJ8GExM) that show how just talking to someone or showing them what an abortion is can change minds. If someone sees a flag lowered, they will wonder why. Be someone who spreads awareness of this day and encourages people to lower their flags. 

Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Louisiana have passed the Day of Tears Resolution. If you want to help the pro-life movement in a simple way, write to your state’s congressmen/congresswomen and senators, asking them to work towards a national day of remembrance. 

Day of Tears website: 

https://dayoftears.com

Sources:

https://dayoftears.com

Images from:

https://prolifelouisiana.org/memorial-for-the-unborn/ (image brightness and saturation edited for better visibility) 

https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/dayoftears/posts/

What is the Day of Tears?

Pro-Life Bible Verses

You can’t be Christian and pro-choice. Here are some Bible verses to support that.

3 July 2021

Makayla Obasun

•Genesis 1:27

So God created mankind in his own image,

    in the image of God  he created them;

    male and female he created them.

•Job 31:15

Did not he who made me in the womb make them?

    Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

•Psalm 127:3-5

Children are a heritage from the Lord,

    offspring a reward from him.

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior

    are children born in one’s youth.

Blessed is the man

    whose quiver is full of them.

They will not be put to shame

    when they contend with their opponents in court. 

•Psalm 139:13-16

For you created my inmost being;

    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

    your works are wonderful,

    I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you

    when I was made in the secret place,

    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;

    all the days ordained for me were written in your book

    before one of them came to be.

•Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

    before you were born I set you apart;

    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

•Exodus 20:13

You shall not murder.

All from the New International Version of the Bible. 

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Pro-Life Bible Verses

Debunking Paxton Smith’s Valedictorian Speech

A response and examination of a spontaneous pro-choice speech.

12 June 2021

Maria D.

Debunking Paxton Smith’s Valedictorian Speech

Paxton Smith, a teenager and valedictorian, just graduated from Lake Highlands High in Dallas Texas. She finished at the top of her class. At graduation she was to speak about media, however, she decided to speak about something she deems an injustice. She finds Texas’ new laws in regards to abortion wrong. In summary, these rules make it difficult to murder your child. Once the heartbeat can be detected, the abortion is illegal (a great win for the pro-life movement and for the unborn). 

She and her speech have received great congratulations, with most of the comments on her Instagram posts calling her a queen and saying she is an inspiration. I do agree that she is an inspiration in one way: she spoke out against what she believes is wrong. It takes a lot of courage to do, and I respect her for it. However, I disagree with her speech and view on abortion. 

Let’s take a look at her speech:

“Starting in September, there will be a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, regardless of whether the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest.”

If a child is conceived through these morally wrong ways, it does not change the value of its life. A human with a criminal father is just as good as a human with a non criminal father. Adding to this, as we pro-lifers know, abortion is not good for women. It causes a lot of trouble for them- emotionally and physically. The trauma of rape combined with the trauma of being responsible for your child’s death would be a huge stress on the mother. 

 “Six weeks. That’s all women get. And so before they realize, most of them don’t realize that they’re pregnant by six weeks, so before they have a chance to decide if they are emotionally, physically, and financially stable enough to carry out a full term pregnancy, before they have the chance to decide if they can take on the responsibility of bringing another human being into the world, that decision is made for them by a stranger. A decision that will affect the rest of their lives is made by a stranger.”

First of all, she brings up being financially unstable to carry a baby. There are so many organizations that would help with this. Knights of Columbus, for example, raises money to fund sonograms for women. There are also a lot of groups that will advertise “help mom ‘k’ choose life” and collect money to help pay the mother’s bills. There are pregnancy resource centers that will also happily help. If you plan to put the child up for adoption, you can make arrangements with whoever wants to adopt it and have them pay for your medical bills. 

Second, how emotionally or physically ready you are is probably not something you’ll know during your pregnancy. It’s expected that you have a lot of emotional ups and downs. Your emotional stability, however, does not change the fact that there is a living human inside of you. Once you are pregnant, to put it frankly like Ben Shapiro, “Facts don’t care about your feelings.” The fact is that you are with child. You may feel stressed out, and rightfully so, but that does not justify killing a human. 

Third, she says “that decision is made for them by a stranger.” Did you know strangers also decided to make murdering a born person a crime? I don’t know who it was exactly that made the rule saying I can’t kill someone purposely on my way home from school and go unpunished, but I’m not upset about that. Sometimes strangers use logic and make good laws with it. 

“I have dreams and hopes and ambitions. Every girl graduating today does, and we have spent our entire lives working towards our future, and without our input and without our consent our control over that future has been stripped away from us. I am terrified that if my contraceptives fail, I am terrified that if I am raped, then my hopes and aspirations and dreams and efforts for my future will no longer matter.” 

A child does not ruin your dreams, hopes, or ambitions. It may alter them a little, but it won’t make all of your hard work worthless. Even if your goal in life is to be a single, successful businesswoman, you can still be that. You can keep your child and achieve all of your goals, or you can put it up for adoption and make a family very happy. 

Your control over the future should not require ending someone’s life. Imagine if you killed the person that gets on your nerves, just to make your life easier. That wouldn’t be right, morally or lawfully. 

It is so anti-woman to believe a child ruins ambitions. Women are amazing, right? Everyone should agree with this. So, because a woman has children, she can’t be successful? That doesn’t make sense. Aren’t working moms one of feminism’s highly honored positions?

Paxton (far right) is pictured with two of her band mates

“I hope you can feel how dehumanizing it is to have the autonomy over your own body taken away from you.”

I hope one day Paxton’s eyes are opened to how dehumanizing abortion is. After all, abortion (along with other massive injustices in history) dehumanizes living people. A fetus is a developing human like you and I, just much smaller, yet pro-choicers love to call them “clumps of cells.” 

Your control over your body should be just that- not control over the life inside of it. The other body is the one without control. While it is so small, it can be murdered. That isn’t letting it govern its own body, which is the whole concept of autonomy. 

Let’s talk about bodily autonomy. There are rights you should have in regards to your body. Some of these include getting piercings, tattoos, and deciding what you eat. It is all about having control over yourself. What pro-choicers miss is that there is another person in the picture. The law generally agrees that your rights end where another person’s rights begin. 

If it was her body, it would be her being aborted. She would have 20 digits (not 20 fingers as someone recently pointed out to me, saying thumbs are digits but not fingers), 20 toes, four arms, two brains, two hearts, and so on. Half of the time, she would have to be two separate genders at the same time. She would also have two different sets of DNA. There is so much proof the fetus/embryo is not its mother’s body. 

Lastly, abortion betrays women and women deserve better. 

Source of speech transcript: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/valedictorian-paxton-smith-abortion-rights-speech-transcript/amp

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Debunking Paxton Smith’s Valedictorian Speech

“Personally Pro-Life”

You may have heard the phrase, “I’m personally pro-life, but I don’t want to make that decision for somebody else.” Let’s talk about that stance.

5 June 2021

Grace Hartsock

As we all know, abortion is one of the most controversial human rights issues of our time. We meet many people who are strictly pro-life or pro-choice.  But what about the people on the fence? Have you ever talked to someone who is ‘personally pro-life’? You may have heard the phrase, “I’m personally pro-life, but I don’t want to make that decision for somebody else”.  

According to a 2015 poll, 39% of the American public don’t pick a side when it comes to abortion.  This position is extremely dangerous.  Either the pre-born are human people deserving of life, or they’re just a blob of tissue that can be simply removed at the mother’s whim.  Science shows that human life begins at conception, and there is no other scientific data that supports the idea that life begins at any other time.  In fact, 96% of liberal, pro-choice, and non-religious scientists agree that human life begins at conception.  

Even if you are ‘personally against abortion’, to be pro-choice about abortion is to be pro abortion. The only good reason for being ‘personally’ against abortion is that you know that the preborn is a human person, which gives you a moral obligation to preserve his life.  This is the only good reason for being against abortion, and it demands that we stand against those who choose to have an abortion for themselves.

There is no ‘even ground’ for this debate.  How can we say that someone is free to believe abortion is murder, but should not act as if that is true and stand up to save lives?  It’s simple – you are either pro-abortion or anti-abortion.  Speak for yourself, but I am against killing innocent people, no matter their age. 

A post by Live Action speaks on the personally prolife stance perfectly: 

In summary, it is impossible to be ‘personally pro-life’ and not take a stand against abortion.  

Citations:

https://www.vox.com/2018/2/2/16965240/abortion-decision-statistics-opinions

Image Sources:

“Personally Pro-Life”