Timothy Bella writing for Aljazeera America has written a piece on Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust’s ProLife Training Camp. It’s making the rounds, and most of the blogs that I follow are of the liberal bend, so they’re pretty sure that this is on par with Hitler’s Nazi Youth brainwashing program. And they’re correct, as long as they concede that a summer camp for pro-choice teens and young adults would be as well.
I don’t agree with that, but the camp is definitely an echo chamber.
I grew up in a social environment that was conservative and Christian. One of the churches my family went to was definitely just a mouth piece for the Republican party. Whatever the GOP said, it came from the pulpit and whatever George W. Bush was doing was infallible. I helped out with a pregnancy distress center that my mom ran, which gave as much support as possible to women with unexpected pregnancies to avoid an abortion. I even went to the Right to Life Rally in D.C. three or four times.
However, today- I can’t simply count myself as pro-life. That title “pro-life” (or anti-abortion, however we’re putting it these days), strongly implies that I’d be for the criminalization of abortion, which is a short sighted solution that causes more problems than it’d fix.
Where I am on things is actually where Hillary Clinton seems to be. Quoting from a Slate article:
Abortion is “a sad, even tragic choice to many, many women,” said Clinton. Then she went further: “There is no reason why government cannot do more to educate and inform and provide assistance so that the choice guaranteed under our constitution either does not ever have to be exercised or only in very rare circumstances.”
The pro-life people very frequently shoot themselves in the foot by spending time protesting, going to marches, and campaigning for the overturning of Roe v Wade blind to the problems that would create all the while being blind to the women who are growing the babies that they’re trying to protect. To add injury to that insult, so many of the pro-life people that I’ve met are against teaching or using birth control, or rational sex education in schools.
Pro-life people should not be focused on making abortion illegal, but instead making it obsolete. Here are a few thoughts that I’d have to help along that path.
- Providing scientifically based, realistic sex education to young people of both genders.
- Providing easy access to birth control products
- Providing support to women with unexpected pregnancies economically and medically
- Explaining biological consequences and legal responsibilities to young men for their choices
- Teaching young men as to what constitutes consent and to not rape (something I’m surprised that I had to actually type on this list, but anyone else who’s following the news should see the necessity of this education)