Cambria Stame- ProLife Youth Blogger
As the twelve days of Christmas tick onward and our journey to the manger winds down to a close, I cannot help but remember that our “Reason for the Season” is pro-life at its core. That is something the world does not want to tell you, and they prefer to keep it that way.
By Evan Ward — ProLife Youth Blogger and President
Last August, CBS reported that Iceland "is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion." Some were puzzled and concerned with their choice of words. Others, like myself, were outright baffled and angry. CBS' tweet made it sound like eradicating a disease and eradicating people with a disease are the same thing.
In comes Patricia Heaton, our new favorite pro-life celebrity.
On August 14th, she responded to CBS with a tweet that perfectly encapsulated how nuts their choice of words was.
Four months later she is still defying the norms of Hollywood by speaking out against abortion and the disproportionate rate at which babies with Down Syndrome fall victim to it.
By Natalie Bauman — ProLife Youth Blogger
In contemporary society, a question that seems to constantly permeate is this: what does the future hold? We are left to ponder the coming advancements in technology, agriculture, media, and politics. However, there is a stark difference between pondering the future and questioning futurism, which encompasses the study of anticipated trends in the future. Futurism has arisen and formed into many sects. Afrofuturism focuses on the future prominence of African Americans in scientific fields and cultures. Reproductive futurism examines the political value that will be placed on future children in relation to queer theory (which is the study of challenges to gender and sexual orientation). When considered in relation to the pro-life movement, futurism takes a new shape.
By Erica Lizza — Guest Writer and Student at Georgetown University
“We are the pro-life generation!”
This optimistic chant is a mainstay at the March for Life hosted in Washington, D.C. every year. For young members of the pro-life movement, it is empowering to see and join thousands of like-minded individuals in protesting abortion and the status quo of oppression it foists on women and the most vulnerable in our society. To hear “we are the pro-life generation” is an uplifting reminder that there is hope for our cause to make significant progress throughout our lifetimes.
But outside of the March for Life, it can be much more difficult to maintain the same optimism about the pro-life movement, especially as a college student.
By Alexandra Warmoth—ProLife Youth Blogger
When you hear the word ‘feminist’, what do you think of? I think of "abortion on demand". “Keep your Rosaries off my ovaries,” and Planned Parenthood. Mainstream feminism has become a movement hostile towards women who do not believe in so-called “reproductive rights” as we saw last year when pro-life New Wave Feminists was included, then excluded, from the 2016 Women’s March on Washington (1).
By Evan Ward — President, ProLife Youth
It seems like no topic or news item is safe from polarization. From health care laws to hurricanes, there is someone, somewhere making it a die-hard partisan issue.
Fortunately, Georgetown University Right to Life, the Washington, D.C. university's pro-life club, made an honest effort to cut through the division and tried to find common ground with the other side. GURTL sent an email to H*yas for Choice (the club isn't recognized by the Catholic university and as such can't use the word "Hoyas" in their name) seeking to hold an event to raise awareness of issues the two groups can agree on, such as sex trafficking and the death penalty.
Their noble and friendly gesture was met with a nonsensical and accusatory response from HFC.
Natalie Bauman - ProLife Youth Blogger
In today's society, being pro-life can seem daunting and fruitless. However, making a difference and spreading a culture of life isn't as difficult as you think! Here are five easy ways to be an effective pro-life advocate:
By Austin Coulter - ProLifeYouth Blogger
Late in April, it was revealed that scientists from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have successfully managed to keep several lamb fetuses alive in an artificial womb. This device, a plastic sac connected to machines that provide oxygen and nutrients, was designed to help premature babies finish their development as current methods of aiding severely premature babies often end in failure. In addition to this noble intention, the scientific development could help lead to the end of abortion.
Andy Cavadino - ProLife Youth Blogger and Editor
I was on my way to work when I read an article about one of the best footballers of modern times. This guy has lifted the Champion’s League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup trophies (he’s only missing the Premier League from his club resume). He played his whole career at Liverpool, one of the most famous clubs in the world. I’ve seen him playing live against Leeds United and hated him because he was so good, both in defence and midfield!
Jamie Carragher, take a bow. However, doctors advised his parents to terminate him as he wasn’t going to live. Wow.
By Cambria Stame - ProLife Youth Blogger
Nobody will disagree that the greatest hardship a parent could ever face is the death of their child. Every time a young life is taken from this Earth is a cause for great sadness and lamentation. Recently, this sadness has been multiplied in the case of Charlie Gard, a British infant born with a rare disease, mitochondrial depletion syndrome. His parents have raised enough money to send their baby to the United States for experimental treatment. All they need is for the hospital to release him, but their request has been denied. Charlie's parents have appealed to every UK court and, ultimately, the European Court of Human Rights for the right to potentially save their son. Yet, those with judicial power have turned their backs on the desperate couple ruling that baby Charlie must “die with dignity”. Not only must this baby die a premature death - his very life must be extinguished by removal of life support at the hands of unjust laws.
His parents weep and we weep with them. No one can "die with dignity". Death is inherently undignified. It comes at inconvenient times, it reduces grown men to sobbing and tracks tears on those whom we consider to be the strongest among us. Death rips holes in our hearts that can never be filled again. Death stings bitterly. Death takes those whom we love when we'd rather not part with them and, to us, that feels unnatural. To call something dignified means that it is worthy of honor and respect so why would Death ever be such a thing? Death lays claim to all. It is our most mortal enemy.
"Death with dignity" is a philosophy devoid of human comfort in times of suffering. It is an offense to the estate of medicine whose chief goal is to delay death whenever it is humanly possible. Not only that, but a philosophy is “a set of ideas about how to live." Euthanasia is a set of ideas about how to die. It claims that an "easy death" is more valuable than a "frail life," that financial matters take precedence over the desire to save a human being, and it insults the innate will to live that is present in every physically suffering soul. It denies our pro-life philosophy of vocation, or in other words, our calling to suffer with each other even when the world deems it inconvenient.
If everyone decided to die when life turned sour, would we still have Stephen Hawking? His brilliant mind and groundbreaking work in the field of science benefits mankind despite his crippling ALS! Would we have ever heard Beethoven’s musical masterpieces despite his inability to hear? What if Vincent Van Gogh decided to cut off his head and not just his ear when depression assaulted his conscience? These brave souls show us that brilliance and compassion are heightened when life seems to be at its lowest. They teach us that life is just as valuable when it is near death as it is at its peak. After all, a dimly burning wick, although it is no blaze, is still fire. Life fragmented with disease is still life worth fighting for.
Andy Cavadino - ProLife Youth blogger and editor
“I woke up this morning, I could hardly breathe”. Bruce Springsteen’s words after 9/11. That’s how I felt this morning.
The editors of PLY have given me permission to write this. I will not be political in the slightest. That’s a promise.
Manchester. Famous for football, music, academia, God knows what else. The first time that the WWE filmed RAW outside of the USA was in that very Arena. I was there.
By Austin Coulter - ProLife Youth Blogger
Like many others, religion has been a key influence for my involvement in the pro-life movement. I, raised in a passionately Catholic household, have been taught the infinite value of human life and God's love for each of His creations. I see abortion, therefore, is the murder of a completely innocent soul made in the image and likeness of God. These beliefs led me to abhor the senseless slaughter of the unborn and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. However, my religious beliefs alone cannot end abortion. Abortion is not just a religious issue. It's more important than that.
As Western culture has grown more and more secularized, people more and more easily disregard any religious arguments with no regards to their truth or validity. Secular pro-choice proponents often attempt to write off the entire pro-life movement as a bunch of old women, crazy church goers, or primitive and superstitious dolts. Although these stereotypes are untrue, it is often easier to judge someone as a zealot rather than listen to their arguments. This is why it is important to separate the pro-life movement from a particular religious sect. We cannot let them so easily disregard the truth in this way because abortion isn't a religious violation, it is a human's rights violation.
In order to protect every human's right to life, we should emphasize the atheists, agnostics and members of all religions that have joined together in the fight for the unborn. Many organizations like Secular Pro-Life, Pro-Life Humanists, and ourselves (ProLifeYouth) have been created to fight against abortion without a religious affiliation. I am not saying anything bad against the countless religious groups and organizations that have fought and continue to fight so hard for the rights of the unborn. I am stressing the importance of diversity within our movement because diversity gives us credibility, which should force people to listen.
In order to abolish the murder of millions, we need representatives from every part of society to work together. The surprising thing is that there are people from every background willing to fight against this great evil. Abortion is not just a religious issue. It's more important than that. It is a race issue. It is a gender issue. It is a poverty issue. It is a world issue.
By Andy Cavadino - ProLifeYouth blogger and editor
OK, this really annoyed me. Apparently tax payers’ money is allowed to fund pro-choice organisations but as soon the government gives some money, said to be raised from a tax on women’s sanitary product, the so called “tampon tax”, to a pro-life charity’s operation that has nothing to do with abortion, apparently it’s abhorrent.
This grant has been given to fund a project to support homeless pregnant women in London. The tax was introduced with the purpose of improving women’s health. Really? How can this project be detrimental to women’s health?
By Nathan Grime - ProLife Youth Blogger
I don't remember anything about my life before I was adopted. I don't remember the moment my parents told me I was adopted. I don't "feel" like I'm adopted, whatever that means. I don't feel any disconnection with my parents because I'm adopted. They don't love me any more or less because they adopted me. And that's the greatest blessing in the world...
Natalie Bauman - Prolife Youth Blogger
If you listen closely, you can hear the cry of fifty-nine million citizens. Some of them are older, some are small enough to hold in one hand. Some have dark skin, some have light. Some like to sing and dance, others like to watch and play each one of America’s favorite pastimes. Some of them prefer the cool breeze of Northern Minnesota, others prefer the heavy heat of Southern Florida. But yet, they are all citizens.
And all of them are dead.
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