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OWENS: The Five Reasons Why I Went From Pro-Choice To Pro-Life

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I am supposed to be on maternity leave this month as I await the birth of my second child, but the issue of Roe v. Wade being overturned is so important that I feel compelled to add my voice to the discussion.

As many of you know, for the majority of my life, I was pro-choice, but I’m now pro-life. These are the five reasons why.

Women Under Duress

Over the course of my life, I’ve seen firsthand that most women get abortions not because it’s “their choice,” but because they are under duress or because they are fearful. This is one reason I’m no longer pro-choice. 

My introduction to the topic of abortion came when I was about ten years old and a cousin of mine became pregnant. Despite how young she was — about fifteen or sixteen — she wanted to keep her child. But her family said no. In fact, her family was so determined to convince her to abort her child that they arrived to meet face to face with her and hammer into her mind that having the baby would ruin her life. There were a lot of tears — because she wanted her child. Ultimately, though, she gave in to the pressure.

My second introduction to the topic of abortion came when I was just entering high school. Another cousin of mine became pregnant. She wasn’t a teenager and she knew she wanted to keep her son, but a boyfriend didn’t want her to keep him. That boyfriend put a lot of pressure on her to have an abortion, and it escalated to the point that he broke into her home, threatening her, and trying to physically harm her to compel her to get the procedure. 

I’ve known six more women since who have gotten an abortion, and it’s always the same scenario. Moms are upset. Parents are upset. Your friends tell you that your whole life is going to be ruined. Your boyfriend tells you that you’re going to ruin his life. Women aren’t “exercising their rights,” they are operating under duress. It’s a game of peer pressure. 

The tragic reality is far from all those media depictions pretending that women are skipping into the clinic by their own free will, empowered, flowery, and leaving feeling great about ending the life of their child. No, that’s not what’s happening. You know that. I know that. 

The media is lying to you, celebrities are lying to you. They’re treating the issue of abortion like the cigarette campaign back in the ’60s. “Oh how cool, getting an abortion!” “My body, my choice!” These are forms of propaganda. They are lies. The truth is that abortions harm people. They harm women, physically and spiritually. 

Call Abortion What It Is

Another reason I’ve rejected my former pro-choice stance is that, at this point, we’re no longer debating abortion anymore. I was speaking to my husband earlier — as many of you know, he’s from the United Kingdom — and it shocks him to see how far women are going: threatening to kill Supreme Court justices, standing outside screaming like they’ve been possessed by a demon.

Take a look at this picture from outside the Supreme Court.

You have a woman who’s easily seven, eight, maybe nine months pregnant. And she’s written on her body “not yet a human.” What is that, if not a demonic possession? What sort of a woman would do that?

That’s what we’re talking about in America now. You have people who are saying that women should be allowed to get an abortion up to nine months in the womb.

I’m nine months pregnant. I’m due to give birth in a week and a half. There are people who believe that I should be able to just stroll into a clinic and have this child removed from me — this child I feel kicking in my belly every second of the day.

We’re talking about child sacrifice. In fact, it reminds me of a book that I read about Native Americans, specifically Aztecs and the horrific child and human sacrifices that took place on a mass scale. 

Now, we look back at that and we think, “That sounds so barbaric. That could never happen in society today, it’s 2022.” But in America, there are approximately 890,000 abortions per a year. Now, we’re not building some big temple and sacrificing these children to gods. Instead, we’re doing it for convenience. We’re doing it because “I’m not ready to be a mom,” or “I don’t want to be a father, so get an abortion.” “This baby will get in the way of my career.” 

That seems even worse than what the Aztecs were doing. America is unlike any other country in the world in this regard. In fact, the only country that we are similar to when it comes to our strategy of abortion is North Korea.

There is no other country in the world where you could find women who were willing to stand outside of a Supreme Court nine months pregnant and say, “No, this is not a human. You can take this out of me if you want to.” Again, we’re talking about a demonic possession – we’re not talking about abortion anymore.

The Dark History

Reason number three as to why I’m no longer pro-choice is because we were never debating abortion in the first place – we’ve always been debating eugenics. The fact that they have tried to bury the history of abortion and have tried to bury the history of Planned Parenthood makes me sick. 

Who was Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood? She was a woman who wrote about “the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks, those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.”

She was the woman behind the Negro Project, which was eventually taken on by what is today known as Planned Parenthood. She was a racist and a eugenicist. She was fearful, like many progressives of her time, that if people of a lower stock began breeding, then the human race would become dysfunctional over time. She spoke in front of the Ku Klux Klan. All you have to do is look up her history.

When you study abortion’s history, look it straight in the face, you find it has alway been about eugenics. And of course, who has consistently had the highest rates of abortion? Black Americans. Black women are at the forefront and have the highest rates of abortion in the United States. And yet they try to bury that fact.

The Constitution Still Matters

A fourth reason I’ve rejected the pro-choice view is particularly relevant to what took place Friday: Roe v Wade was always unconstitutional. Maybe if our American education system could take a break from teaching foolishness like CRT and radical gender theory and confusing children, they might actually pause to teach basic civics. We have a lot of people who are running around operating under a false assumption that the Supreme Court took away their constitutional right to an abortion.

No, you’ve never had a constitutional right to an abortion. The Supreme Court does not have within its power the right to make laws. Their job is to interpret the Constitution, to take a look at state laws and determine whether or not these states are in line with the Constitution.

If you would like a constitutional amendment for abortion then you’re going to have to understand that there are only two ways constitutional amendments are made. The first is that two-thirds of both chambers of Congress vote for a constitutional amendment. The second is that you can call for a convention of the states. This requires two-thirds of state legislatures to call for a convention, propose an amendment, and then have an amendment ratified by three-fourths of the states. 

Those are the only ways that constitutional amendments can come about. The Supreme Court has no authority to do what it did in 1973 with the unconstitutional Roe ruling. That egregious overstep has finally been corrected. 

Motherhood Changes Everything

My fifth reason that I am adamantly pro-life now is because I am a woman, and, even more profoundly, because I am now a mother. Throughout my life, the government has spent so much time in initiatives via the public school system trying to erase from me my divine nature, my maternal instincts, my femininity.

But all of that arrived suddenly the moment that I became a mother. And I believe that our role as mothers and as women in this society is to fight for children and to protect children at all costs. We should never be the people screaming outside of a Supreme Court demanding the right to have 890,000 babies murdered every year. We should stand up to protect those children.

So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to continue to stand up for children and for families and for women who are being destroyed by this abortion industry.

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