MarchForLife

March for Life

The pro-life movement was my introduction to the conservative movement before I even knew a conservative movement existed. I don’t remember ever being told that abortion was wrong, but eight-year old logic rationalized that abortion = killing a baby, and killing babies = wrong. Abortion stops a beating heart. Any other act that stops a beating heart is considered murder or manslaughter. Abortion should not be an exception.

Both my father and aunt were adopted as newborns, and it is chilling to think that the choice of my father’s birthmother could have eventually prevented my birth. Abortion destroys generations; how many other potential Christine Rousselles were never given the chance to live because their fathers were aborted?

Every year, there are about 1.2 million abortions in the United States, which means that 1.2 million babies are killed before they are born. In comparison, the “leading” cause of death in the United States, heart disease, kills about half that amount each year. About one out of every four pregnancies ends in abortion. At least a quarter of my generation died before they were even born. This is incredibly upsetting, and I think it’s a dangerous sign of how the American culture is throwing personal responsibility out the window. A full 97% of abortions are done for matters of convenience: less than three percent of all abortions are the result of rape, incest, fetal deformity, or danger to the mother’s health, the oft-cited “legitimate” reasons for abortion.

My generation is the first generation to be born to parents who grew up with Roe v. Wade. My mother was nine years old when Roe was decided. Abortion has been a legal end to pregnancies for nearly 39 years. It’s acceptable. It’s not shameful anymore. It’s something they grew up with.

To peacefully protest the deaths of a quarter of our generation, 55 of my classmates joined the approximately 300,000-400,000 people at the March for Life on January 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. The March for Life is a peaceful show of solidarity among those who believe that life begins at conception and that no human has the right to take that away. The March itself is short (from the National Mall to the Supreme Court), but the sheer amount of people there makes the message clear: we support life, and we’re tired of seeing innocent babies be killed. It’s a powerful message to those watching the March, and the feeling of being with hundreds of thousands of people who agree with you is indescribable.

NewChristineRousselleIconFor me, being pro-life had nothing to do with religion. I didn’t even realize the pro-life movement was directly connected to the Catholic Church until I was a junior in high school. Instead, being pro-life to me meant that I wanted to speak for those who were literally without a voice: the unborn.

The tide is turning. Our generation realizes the horror that a quarter of our potential friends were never born. For the first time ever, more Americans identify as pro-life rather than pro-choice. Advances in ultrasounds completely dispel the lie that abortion destroys a “clump of cells” or “tissue.” A drop through the birth canal isn’t a magical transformation from non-human to person. That makes no sense. A baby before it’s born looks like a baby and acts like a baby (sucks thumb, kicks, etc.). To call it anything else is a denial of science and a denial of fact.

You will not silence my message. You will stop killing my generation.

Christine Rousselle | Providence College | @CRousselle

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  1. Ceecee
    Jan 27, 2013 - 05:15 PM

    Abortion existed before Rowe V Wade, and abortion will exist after Rowe V Wade. Rich women will leave the state or the country for a destination where abortion is legal. Poor women will suffer and die at the hands of back alley illegal butcher abortionists or by self-induced abortions. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with coat hanger abortions that perforate the uterus, or the drain cleaner abortions, or septicemia. Desperate, frightened women will do desperate things. Personally, I would rather see a woman have access to a safe legal abortion and then live to see a day when she is ready to conceive a child and carry the pregnancy to term.

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  2. Jim Prokop
    Jan 27, 2013 - 01:23 AM

    Trilby, has it spot on! If you want to get rid of most abortions we HAVE to HAVE birth control of ALL forms available and free at every turn. The Catholic Church and MANY other Religions are so out-to-lunch on this it is beyond belief. The Catholic Church is run by nothing short of Neanderthal idiots. ANYONE who would govern their life based on the edicts of an old man in Rome is a fool.Most Catholics in the Big-boy nations don’t.

    Anyone who thinks the masses are going to STOP having sex because of an unmarried old man in Rome (Or any other old Church elders) is out of touch and naive. What about your friends? Or, do they just do it on the sly and responsibly?

    Let’s reduce abortion to a rear last resort only and promote responsible sex.

    Repealing Rowe V Wade isn’t going to do that. It might reduce the number of abortions but it won’t increase the WANTED children or reduce child abuse and neglect or a need for the welfare state to SUPPORT all the unwanted in poverty. We have a huge underclass NOW for this very reason.

    And, the idea that somehow God will just bless us more if we just stop all of this …is well..stupid and unprovable as well. So,lets get off it!

    This is all pretty basic stuff that your so-called Conservative friends want to continue to wallow in.

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  3. Liberty Dog
    Jan 26, 2013 - 08:08 PM

    While I think the march helped spread the message that this is an issue, no law or march will fix this issue. We need to educate people on the importance of safe sex and making positive choices. We also need to help get 100% effective contraception on the market. Donate to organizations like the Parsemus Foundation’s Vasalgel project and spread the word!

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  4. Trilby
    Jan 25, 2013 - 09:28 PM

    Do you feel the Catholic church’s message often conflicts with the goal of reducing abortion? Studies (and other developed countries) show that access to contraception and comprehensive sex education are effective in reducing the number of abortion, yet the Catholic church vehemently opposes both of these things.

    So do you think we should embrace a non-Catholic public policy to ensure those things and lower our number of abortions and teenage pregnancies, or should our non-religious government follow the demands of the Catholic church?

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