15 LOVE IN AC TION www.faithtoday.ca/LIA
I was at the March for Life in Ottawa on May 14, 2015. It was an
incredible, eye-opening experience. There were mostly teenag-
ers there, all passionate for human rights (and yes, that actually
does focus on the rights of women). Many MPs spoke, as well
as incredibly courageous women who shared why they regret
getting an abortion.
The girls ripping off their clothing didn’t really make the point
that I think they wanted to, and I think that’s because there is
a lot of misunderstanding with what it means to be pro-life, or
pro-choice. It’s not women vs. men, or women vs. their children.
If anything, it’s women vs. abortion.
We live in a society that tells us that abortion is for the benefit
of women, but I think that’s a huge misunderstanding. Regard-
less of whatever group you put yourself into, in regards to this
issue, compassion is needed. We need to be thinking of the mil-
lions of women and children having their lives forever changed
by abortion. As Mary Wagner put it, “It’s not about getting ar-
rested or not getting arrested, it is not about us but about that
poor mother and her utterly helpless child about to be killed,
who are owed all the love and protection their neighbors can
It needs to be understood that people who are pro-life are not
ignorant of the awful circumstances that women facing abortion are
sometimes in. Our hearts still break for them, and there are many
pregnancy centers and organizations designed to help those women
out, without taking away their independence. In most cases, it’s
actually giving them their independence back. Abortions are rarely
independent decisions – how could they be in a society that makes it
so difficult for women to be single mothers, and has tricky adoption
systems? These decisions aren’t independent, but a result of being
formed by the society in which we live in.
Abortion hurts women, often leaving life-long traumas. There are
physical risks like: sterility, infections, scarring, and increases risk of
breast cancer. There are also usually long term mental and emotional
effects. Women who have received abortions usually become depressed and anxious, develop eating and sleeping disorders, smoking, and in many cases, even suicide.
Being against abortion, is not being against women. It is being for
women. The only people against the rights of women are the girls
ripping off their shirts, adding to a culture of hyper-sexuality, which
is actually degrading of women.
I am growing up in a generation that condemns disagreements.
There is a set of unspoken rules, saying that you can never tell somebody that they are wrong, because that would offend their lifestyle.
I want to challenge that. Because as Dietrich Bonhoeffer famously
once said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil”, and as somebody
who is prolife, I care deeply about the women in these circumstances. But also, as a human being, and a Christian it is my duty to stand
up and defend those with no defense. Nobody has the right to take
a life away from somebody else, regardless of their situation. Being a
woman doesn’t give you the right to kill anybody, nothing does.