Abortion advocates like to offer assurances that “no one is pro-abortion.” Lately, however, it seems like some in the “pro-choice” movement are less interested in choice and more interested in promoting the unfettered practice of killing the unborn.
Take for example the #ShoutYourAbortion campaign on Twitter. The hashtag is designed to let women who have had an abortion share their experiences and show how they believe abortion helps women. This latest installment in the reoccurring campaign was even endorsed by iconic TV personality Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah’s website published the story of how the “Shout Your Abortion” campaign got started by a young woman named Amelia Bonow in 2015. Bonow says sharing about her abortion on social media is important because “the anti-choice movement wants it to be terrifying to speak the truth.”
But if the #ShoutYourAbortion campaign was really about truth, it would share the stories of the thousands of women who deeply regret their abortion.
“What irks me the most,” writes Janet Morana in the Washington Examiner “is that thousands of courageous women who speak publicly about their abortions, and the lifetime of regret that has followed, are, as usual, being left out of the conversation.”
Janet Morana is the co-founder of Silent No More, an organization of women who also want to share their experience with abortion—but not in support. These women want to share their personal stories because they are intimately familiar with the painful reality of abortion, and they want to help women to choose life.
Morana mentions the story of Julia Holcomb, another member of Silent No More, who wrote that her abortion “was a horrible nightmare I will never forget.” After a painful childhood, Julia lived a reckless lifestyle while dating famous Aerosmith front-man Steven Tyler. When she became pregnant at 17, Tyler convinced her to have an abortion. “I wish I could go back and be given that chance again, to say no to abortion one last time,” Holcomb wrote in an article for Life Site news.
Yet, pro-abortion activists never mention this type of trauma and regret—probably because it is inconvenient to their narrative. To them, anything less than giving a full-throated defense of abortion is anti-woman, even if you’re a woman with a story like Holcomb’s.
These activists are always telling us that women need abortion. They tell us that girls who get pregnant at a young age will never get an education or be successful if they choose life for their unborn children. They often present us with dire cases of women facing unplanned pregnancies, ironically saying that their circumstances give them no choice but to abort their children.
But this just isn’t true. There is a story of a 14-year-old girl who was raped by a family member. Because this girl was herself a victim of an unconscionable violence, many pro-abortion activists would argue that her horrific circumstances made it permissible for her to have an abortion. Indeed, most of us can only imagine the heartbreak and uncertainty she faced. Still, this girl gave birth to her son and named him Canaan “because Canaan means new land, new life.” But, sadly, he was born prematurely and a few weeks later, he died.
Would an abortion have helped this young girl? Or would she have ended up with regret and even more heartache on top of the trauma she had already experienced?
Of course, we cannot hypothesize about someone else’s experience. But what we don’t need to ask is whether or not an abortion would have helped this girl become more successful. Her name was Oprah Winfrey.
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