I just saw this and I think it is really warped.
The bell rang and the eighth graders jumped up, eager to compare notes.
“I named my baby Kyle Patrick,” one shouted.
“Mine is Antonio!”
At the urging of an antiabortion activist, they had each pledged to “spiritually adopt” a fetus developing in an unknown woman — to name it, love it from afar and above all, pray daily that the mother-to-be would not choose abortion.
“Maybe one day you’ll get to heaven and these people will come running to you . . . and say, ‘We’re all the little children you saved,’ ” activist Cristina Barba said. She smiled at the students in their Catholic school uniforms. “Maybe you really can make a difference.”
Thirty-five years after Roe vs. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, opponents are pouring resources into building new generations of activists. Young people are responding with passion.
Today’s students and young adults have grown up in a time when abortion was widely accessible and acceptable, and a striking number are determined to end that era.
Pew Research Center polls dating back a decade show that 18- to 29-year-olds are consistently more likely than the general adult population to favor strict limits on abortion. A Pew survey over the summer found 22% of young adults support a total ban on abortion, compared with 15% of their parents’ generation.
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Here are some suggestions for those kids that might actually be more helpful than what they are doing:
- Learn more about how to NOT become pregnant. This is called sex education. The real stuff that includes contraceptives and how to use them. Prayer might be less effective than condoms. Just sayin’.
- Help change this country so that women who want to have babies can get daycare and healthcare and jobs that pay them enough to raise the babies.
- Spend your time opposing war, capital punishment, drunk driving, cancer, heart disease, child abuse and all of the other things that kill people.
- Help get national health care for the United States so that women who know their fetus will be a baby with health problems will be more likely to choose to have the baby.
- Focus on the choices you want to make for yourselves, but let the rest of us make OUR own choices.