The other day, I was having breakfast with a priest from Boston, who told me about a bad experience he had while preaching about abortion. In the middle of his homily, one of the altar servers, a seventh grade girl, took off her robe, walked straight down the middle aisle, and left the church — for good.
Her mom, who was naturally concerned, brought her to speak with the priest afterwards. He tried to explain the Church’s position on abortion, without any success. Her only response was that she could not belong to a church that imposed intolerant moral views on other people.
Young people like it when adults recognize that they can think for themselves, and they certainly can think for themselves — that’s not the issue. The issue has to do with thinking things through. Here’s an example of another 12 year old girl who shows she can think for herself, and think things through clearly, when it comes to talking about abortion.
When you compare the mindset of these two girls, you should also ask, how will their dispositions, now, influence their decisions in the future?
I’ve heard many young people say that they are personally opposed to abortion but they respect other people’s right to have an abortion. They say this when they themselves are not confronted with the reality of making the choice to have a child or to abort it, without considering the possibility that one day they might have to make that choice. Every year millions of young girls, make the choice they will regret for the rest of their lives.
This young girl’s story illustrates the regret that follows making the wrong choice.
I was 16 years old when I got pregnant. I never thought that it would happen to me, and when it did I was in complete shock. I took multiple pregnancy tests, went to about 3 different clinics, and they all told me the same thing that in fact I was 3 months pregnant. My mother knew something was up, and she would always say to me, “If anything is wrong you know you can talk to me.” I finally gave in and sent her a text while she was at work telling her that i was pregnant, and she told me to make an appointment for the abortion.
I was terrified sitting in the room crying my heart out knowing that I was about to kill my innocent child. Well, I got it , and now I’m not myself. Every time I hear about giving birth i get weak and teary eyed. I’m depressed, and I often think, “What if I can’t have a child now?” I don’t know what to think about myself any more.
You can read more moving stories like this one at teenabortionissues.com, where teens tell other teens why having an abortion is one of the most regrettable decisions they ever made.
Sad stories like these can be avoided. Sites like “Teen Abortions Issues” are places where young people warn other young people of the irrevocable consequences of being Pro-Choice, because they illustrate what the wrong choice ultimately entails. Fortunately, there are also more positive ways young people are making it clear that they are not in favor of abortion, and the examples of this are ever evident.
The good news is that today, more young people than ever are Pro-Life and they are energetically getting the word out. The youth will be the factor that turns the abortion debate around in this country, because they are, in fact, the ones who are turning it around (see for yourself).
That means if you want to talk sense on abortion, you really should talk to a teen.
From this perspective lower abortion rate nothin’ to do with a Christian conscience. More kids = subsidized section 8 housing, free lunch and breakfast at school for kids, free subsidized day care, bus pass, more food stamps, free medicaid health cards, free food bank and $2,500 income tax refund for each kid.
Yet anti abortion known refuse to fund early pre school, extend medicaid children and mothers, want reduced food stamps and cut unemployment. Seems expect to save with the Cross of Christ and bury with the cross of cyclical poverty for permanent underclass.
Of course, those are different issues than I covered here, and so it kind of misses the point I was addressing. It is still important and worth considering.
I honestly believe that we can address these social and economic problems with Christian Charity — exactly what the Pope is asking us to focus more on — and that means we don’t need to resort to population reduction through abortion to achieve those ends.
I do agree that cynicism is the wrong approach. There’s a better way.
My own cynicism coming through but I do get the point of modeling Christian behavior and in preaching this liberating alternative in all areas of daily living and that the Light of the Holy Spirit is our guide if we choose to align ourselves so. Regards.
This girl gets it. I love the way she referred to Horton the Elephant. It makes perfect sense.
It’s simple, clear, and it does make perfect sense. For that matter, anyone can get it. But I’ve got to hand it to her — she’s pretty smart!
I think that her speech is a good example that a person’s ability to think and feel is irrelevant to their age. Children are much more relevant than adults give them credit for.