While the pro-abortion side would like everyone to believe they are really pro-choice and not pro-abortion, it’s truly a deception. Making abortion “safe, legal and rare” is just smoke and mirrors. Abortion is a money-maker for places like Planned Parenthood, who rake in cash for committing one of every four abortions nationally.
Articles have popped up occasionally touting the fact that yes, pro-abortion people are just that: in favor of, and happy about, abortion. To that end, Salon.com published a piece entitled “I am pro-abortion, not just pro-choice: 10 reasons why we must support the procedure and the choice.” While it is a disturbing read, it clearly shines the light on those in opposition to the pro-life position.
Lauren Galvan, founder and president of Brown Students for Life, responded with a list of her own on why she’s pro-LIFE:
- 1) I’m pro-life because being able to abort our offspring is not a fundamental right and in fact is the complete antithesis of female empowerment and equality.
- 2) I’m pro-life because well-timed pregnancies give children a healthier start in life, but taking the lives the babies who aren’t well-timed and not providing mothers experiencing an unplanned pregnancy with the support she needs to carry the baby to term is wrong and needs to change.
- I’m pro-life because I take motherhood seriously, and abortion and the lack of support society gives to women robs a mother of her chance to be one.
- I’m pro-life because intentional childbearing helps couples, families and communities to get out of poverty, but that doesn’t justify aborting an unwanted human being. Each baby should be wanted and they are. Sometimes it just takes time for a family to find an unwanted baby, adopt her, and make her part of the family.
- I’m pro-life because reproduction is a highly imperfect process, and even babies whose genes decide to go against them deserve to see the world — even if it is just for a short period of time.
- I’m pro-life because I think morality is about the well-being of sentient [human] beings, including the pre-born, who are human and can feel and perceive things as well.
- I’m pro-life because though contraceptives are imperfect, and people are too, babies should not have to suffer the death penalty because of faulty man-made creations or mistakes.
- I’m pro-life because I believe in mercy, grace, compassion, and the power of fresh starts. Just because abortion is legal now doesn’t mean we can’t create a new culture of life — one in which all pre-born children and all mothers are protected and honored by the law.
- I’m pro-life because the future is always in motion, and we have the power and responsibility to shape it well. Abortion, the greatest human rights violation of my generation, will end in my lifetime.
- I’m pro-life because I love my future daughters and would never deny them the right to live, no matter how they were conceived or when they were conceived. As a mother, I would do everything in my power to ensure that my daughter first lives, and then lives well.
How she became pro-life on a liberal campus
Lauren Galvan decided to keep an open mind about the abortion issue when she started her freshman year at Brown University in 2012.
It was during a biology class at Brown when Galvan came to the conclusion that unborn babies are human beings who deserve the same right to life that other humans do.
“Ironically, coming to Brown, arguably the most liberal school in the Ivy League, was the first step in my conversion to the pro-life cause. After taking “Vertebrate Embryology” the spring semester of my freshman year, I profoundly changed my disposition on human personhood, and I became firmly pro-life.”
“The scientific reality of fetal development first catalyzed this resolution. In every embryology textbook, I found — as you will find — irrefutable evidence that an individual human life begins at conception. At that point, a living organism with unique human DNA is created. This is simply a scientific fact, and no amount of arguing from pro-choicers can make it untrue. What they mean to say is that this fertilized embryo, though human and alive, is not yet a person and therefore not protected under the category of human rights.”
Galvan then articulately explained the pro-life position in her column and pointed out the danger of allowing society to decide who is a “person” with rights and who isn’t. She brought up the human rights abuses of slavery and genocide, which supporters justified with claims that the targeted groups of people were not really people.
“Our right to life would not depend on others’ opinions of us, but rather on the simple and indisputable fact that we are all human and that each human life deserves protection under the law,” Galvan wrote. “This is the pro-life position in a nutshell.”
Motivated by her conclusions, Galvan went on to found the Students for Life at Brown club. She said she can’t even imagine identifying with the “pro-choice” label that she once did during her high school days.
“… for to say ‘I am pro-choice’ to other people is to tell them that I would have or could have supported their parents’ decisions to terminate their lives. To me, that is the absolute equivalent of telling someone that his or her life has neither meaning nor purpose,” Galvan continued. “All human life has value, and it’s time we start protecting it.”