A young woman named Jen experienced a conversion during our first 40 Days for Life campaign. This is an abridged version of her story: Years ago, perhaps five, I saw something and it enraged me. People standing at the street corner of a hospital with protest signs; I knew such a thing happened but I never witnessed it at any hospital. I was driving straight through many lanes away, and could barely make out the signs at all. They were stark though I could hardly read them as I passed by with a bare glance. I did not need to read them, or see more than a distant picture of a child to know exactly what was going on: they were protesting abortion. I thought myself offended, angered, upset–simply, who did they think they were? It was the typical rhetoric of offence and I believe I do know who they think they are. Likely, now years later, they were people I have met, protested with, held signs with, prayed with and laughed with…How did, and can, such a change occur. It starts by seeding an idea, and having the logical conclusion run its course over time. Once someone begins to think even to their own ends, if facts are against them, it will only be a matter of time before one of two things happen: abject denial of reality or discovering truth at the end of a sometimes long rabbit trail.
Who are we to tell others what to do with their lives and bodies? Many people face the prospect of an unwanted pregnancy. This argument purports that people are helpless with the affliction of pregnancy, as though it occurs randomly and without cause. The actual issue is not whether the pregnancy is wanted or not…we live in a society where accountability is nearly incidental. Our immediate wants are the only concern on the table and if they are not fulfilled, we are “deprived” and “our rights are being violated.” Pregnancy is often a symptom of problems, not the cause.
The social consequences can be extreme and perhaps abstract for some. Unfortunately most women are not informed of even the most basic personal effects of abortion. It is touted as safe and rare: nearly one third of Canadians does not a “rare procedure” make. If one third of our population was wiped out in a year by disease or by natural disaster, it would be horrifying, tragic and in history books for centuries. Effects of abortion are:breast or ovarian cancer, sepsis resulting from body parts remaining in the mother, and hemorrhaging. In addition, post-abortive women can also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
Abortion is not just socially damaging, or logically inconsistent or a medical nightmare. It is wrong scientifically. The 23 chromosomes of the mother and the 23 chromosomes of the father have joined to form a new individual with his or her own unique, one-of-a-kind human DNA.
I did not come to an anti-abortion, pro-life mindset by accident, or by any one immediate act. It started when an idea that I vehemently disagreed with was passingly seeded in my mind. I set out to justify my views and to face some sobering facts and truths. Being responsible starts with an action, with even consideration; not as a panicked drastic “clean up” of a self-made “problem.” Our actions have severe consequences we sometimes cannot see for decades. It took time and research to find out what medicine was showing but most outlets including doctors themselves were slow, or loathe, to present. The science though: it has always been there, if people will only look. For knowing the entire breadth of letters and forms in our DNA. We would shriek giddily at finding cells in space or on another planet as life in the universe; yet the singular human DNA in a human fetus, and the growing human child in a mother’s womb ( who can only ever turn out to be one thing: a baby) is still questionably living? The logical outcome, based simply on facts: society, humanity, medicine, science; all state one thing: abortion is killing an unique person and profoundly impacts the lives of the already born.