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Pro-life, or Pro-choice?

Abortion is a topic with very strong opinions on both sides. Many people believe that abortion should not be allowed because you're taking away human life, while others believe it should be a choice.

Mike Pence Tells March for Life Crowd: 'Life Is Winning'
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Mike Pence Tells March for Life Crowd: 'Life Is Winning'

According to the article, "Mike Pence Tells March for Life Crowd: 'Life is Winning'", we learn that for the first time in 43 years White House officials went to the March for Life. Vice President Mike Pence said to the crowd, "life is winning again in America", and that there is a "pro-life majority in Congress." He told the marchers that there would be action from President Donald Trump soon and, "the outlook for the anti-abortion movement is better than it has been since Roe V. Wade,". According to the article, President Trump plans to nominate someone who is against abortion to replace Antonin Scalia in the Supreme Court. The article also says that Kellyanne Conway, Presidential Advisor, came and said to the marchers, "this is a new day, a new dawn for life,". "right to life. It is a right. It is not a privilege. It is not a choice. It is God-given." says Conway. Lastly, according to the article, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram states that no other president or vice president has gone to the march, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Senator Jodi Ernst spoke to the crowd.

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No One Asked Me What I Wanted - Our Bodies Ourselves
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No One Asked Me What I Wanted - Our Bodies Ourselves

This article was written by an anonymous woman who became pregnant. When she became pregnant, she did not want to have this baby but was "overwhelmed" by images saying that aborting a baby is wrong. She was "bombarded" by religious websites saying that it was wrong and when she asked her friends for help they all wanted her to keep the baby and were "so excited" for the fetus to be born. Her boyfriend also wanted her to keep the baby which made her feel "robbed of choice". "My dreams of going to college and moving out were over because of one mistake," says Anonymous. However, she decided to go with her heart and abort the baby. To this day, she knows "in her heart" that she made the right decision and graduated from college months after her abortion.

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Why I support women's access to safe, legal abortion | Rob Delaney
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Why I support women's access to safe, legal abortion | Rob Delaney

Rob Delaney is a father of two who loves his kids and wanted them to be born from the start. Delaney and his wife both love kids and can even stand the annoying noises they make. However, he believes that women should have access to "safe, legal abortion if she wants one." He notes that our history shows how women will get abortions whether it is safe or allowed, which could damage the woman "irreparably" or even kill her. He would rather have contraception available and have more people to educate others about unplanned pregnancies. Delaney tells us that he has complex feelings about abortion, but so do many others out there. His research shows that people love to have intercourse, but the price is way more magnified for men than women. He also tells us how he is very present in his kids' lives, but his contribution barely compares to his wife's. She has to breastfeed as her uterus repairs itself, and as her mind and body take on tasks while she's sleep deprived and has little energy. Delaney notes that "Misogyny is the hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women". He believes that misogyny is the "warm and welcoming home" for the thought that women who are pregnant can't end the pregnancy in a safe or legal way. In his analogy of a man being pregnant, he shows to us how pregnancy can be dangerous and hurt your body to the point of death. He shows us exactly what we see when we put ourselves in a pregnant woman's shoes. He also explains how many orphanages are filled with kids "who, it is mathematically certain, will never be adopted." Although he strongly believes that abortion should be safe and legal, at the same time he gets feelings of sadness and undesirableness. However, he will protect and defend any woman's rights to have a safe and legal abortion.

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Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill
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Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill

According to the article, "Paul Ryan Cosponsors New Fetal Personhood Bill" by Laura Bassett, Paul Ryan made the decision to cosponsor the Sanctity of Human Life Act. This bill "gives full legal rights to human zygotes from the moment of fertilization." Bassett states that Ryan minimized his pro-life opinion during the 2012 election, but is now an important speaker for the "anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List's sixth annual Campaign for Life Gala." Ryan is also showing support for the "the most extreme anti-abortion legislation in the country." Bassett notes that the personhood bill was first introduced by Rep. Paul Broun in 2011 and was introduced by him again in early 2013. The bill states that a "'one-celled human embryo 'even before it implants in the uterus to create a pregnancy, should be granted all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.'" Similar laws have been rejected by other states overall because it could "criminalize abortion at all stages." Broun said that the right of life for a zygote should be "defended vigorously and at all costs," Bassett states. In a quote, Broun says that from a physicians point of view, he believes that human life begins at fertilization. "I will continue to fight this atrocity on behalf of the unborn, and I hope my colleagues will support me in doing so," says Broun. Lastly, the bill died in 2011 and was seen as "clearly unconstitutional" in 2012.

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Looking back: Jill Stanek exposed live birth abortions at Illinois hospital - Live Action
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Looking back: Jill Stanek exposed live birth abortions at Illinois hospital - Live Action

Jill Stanek is my chosen activist because she is a Pro-life blogger and activist who is very well known. She first became involved in the movement when she testified that the hospital she worked in was performing live abortions. She saw these occur while she was a Labor and Delivery nurse in a hospital located in Oak Lawn Illinois. One seemingly normal day, she was shocked because she found out they were going to abort a baby with Down's Syndrome that was in the second trimester. She chose to work at this hospital because it was named after Christ, so she thought they weren't involved in abortions. The hospital used "induced labor abortion" which is now known as "live birth abortion." The doctors "prematurely deliver a baby who died during the birth process or soon afterward," Stanek testifies. She explains how the baby would either be left to die, unattended, or given to the mother/nurse to hold in its last breaths. According to Stanek, the procedure goes like this; a doctor or resident puts a medication into the birth canal of the mother, close to the cervix, which makes it open early. Then, the baby falls out of the uterus, sometimes alive. If an aborted baby is born alive, by law, they get a birth and death certificate. The death certificate will say "extreme prematurity", "an acknowledgment that the doctors killed the baby." Sometimes the babies do not die right away and can live for hours. The Doe V. Bolton decision where late-term abortion is allowed for "health" reasons but was defined so "broadly" it became a loophole for late-term abortions women wanted. These live aborted babies only receive "comfort care", a warm blanket and someone to hold them. Parents can get "pictures of their aborted baby, baptismal supplies, gowns, and certificates, footprinting equipment and baby bracelets for mementos, and a rocking chair." Before all this came about, these babies were taken to the "Soiled Utility Room to die." Some babies who were "old enough to survive if given proper medical care" did not receive any medical care at all just "comfort care". Most of these abortions were to babies who were disabled or would grow up to be disabled. Stanek had an experience where she had to hold an aborted alive baby boy with Down's Syndrome because no one else could/would, not even the parents. One of the workers went into the Soiled Utility Room on 2 occasions and found alive aborted babies that were "left naked on a scale and the metal counter." One worker even accidentally threw one of the live aborted babies in the garbage, Stanek explains. However, this kind of abortion is now illegal due to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. The bill said that children born alive during an abortion get the same medical care a "premature wanted baby" would get. Sadly, there is some is uncertainty about whether or not this law is being followed or not.

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About the March for Life - March For Life
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About the March for Life - March For Life

According to the article, the March for Life is an organization that has a mission to create "a world where every human life is valued and protected." They want to give all Americans a place to testify to the "beauty of life" and "the dignity of each human person." The organization meets in January, on the anniversary of when abortion was legalized (the Roe V. Wade decision), and throughout the year to bring groups and leaders that are pro-life to bring their common messages to the government, media, and the nation powerfully. On January 22, 1973 the Supreme Court got rid of 50 state laws, but made abortion available and legal through the U.S. The March For Life started small and became one of the largest pro-life events in the world. It is a peaceful march that has been on the anniversary of the legalization of abortion (Roe V. Wade decision) since 1973. Sadly, they lost their founder, Nellie Gray, in 2012. Lastly, the plans for the March For Life began months after the Roe V. Wade decision to ensure that January 22 would not just be any ordinary day.

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