There are two sides to every story: abortion uproar

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Riya Shrestha, Journalism Staff Reporter

Pro-choice or pro-life? It is a question that has sparked fierce debates all over America. Even here at Woodcreek it is something that has caused somewhat of an uproar.

Tuesday, May fifth, there were people standing at every entrance to the school, handing out booklets. At first glance they seemed like nothing more than the usual people handing out booklets about God, but at a closer glance that was not what they were. The book was labeled “Unlock the TRUTH about the 57 million missing” which was a little misleading. Upon opening up the booklet, you realize what it’s about.

Abortion.

The first page of the booklet opens up to picture of embryos at different stages and quotes from apparently reliable sources. The page right next to it is a whole other story. There are glaringly horrifying pictures of different periods of time throughout history when there were genocides and the oppression of entire races. Pictures of the holocaust, as well as black slaves are featured on the page along with some horrible quotes by some of the most despicable people in history. The rest of the book is just as bad showing pictures of aborted babies and quotes from people who have regretted their abortions, people who have kept babies that were born through rape, and trying to prove that somehow abortion ties in with racism.

This booklet is so biased, it is unreal. It does not even mention the fact that sometimes abortions are necessary to save the mother’s life because there is no way the mother or the baby would have survived the pregnancy. It does not mention when teens or even children as young as ten get raped and become pregnant. The entire pregnancy would become a huge risk to their health as well as the baby’s due to the fact that they themselves are not fully developed, which means you are essentially letting a child have a child. It does not mention when mothers have the choice, after finding out there are problems with the fetus, to let the pregnancy continue and miscarry, or just have an abortion and save themselves the grief of feeling their child die slowly.

Stories like these happen everyday and yet people choose to ignore it, in favor of keeping their ideals. Where are the stories of those who do not regret their choices? Does “speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves” (as mentioned many times in the booklet) mean that you drown out the voices who can speak, and are crying out to be heard?

There is also the matter of the sheer amount of outdated and unreliable quotes that they use throughout the booklet. One of those being a quote from Michael Weiner, who now is apparently on a one-man mission to save America from liberals, gays, academics, the homeless, the Clintons, immigrants, feminists, CNN, the American Civil Liberties Union, Muslims and other minorities. Sound like a reliable source to you? There is also quotes used from people who were in the pro-life movement in the 60’s such as Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who are already dead.

Another part of this booklet that bothers me is the fact that they call it the “American Holocaust.” This is not anywhere bad enough to be called a holocaust. By calling it one we are erasing the real meaning of the word. The word holocaust itself stands as a grim reminder of a time in human history where millions of humans were killed and oppressed due to reasons out of their control. Actual living breathing humans.

Calling abortion a holocaust is not just ignorance, it is frankly offensive, relating something like a mass genocide of a race to something as small as abortion. Not to even mention when they talk about other points in history when people were enslaved or even slaughtered in masses and attempted to act as though that was what abortion was like.

This booklet was not very well thought out, nor was it researched to the full extent it could have been in favor of shoving a single set of ideals onto the reader and should not have been published, much less given out to high-schoolers who are at an impressionable age.