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KB writes: “I found SPL over a decade ago. I was going through a pretty dark time in my life. I had just experienced the loss of my first child in the first trimester, and in conversations stemming from that pain, I learned about some friends’ distinctly awful experiences with abortion. Seeing two of them facing really grotesque levels of coercion from the people who were supposed to be their partners and family. Only one of those two actually had an abortion, but the emotional trauma and financial and familial fallout after shattered trust and manipulation was life-altering for both for years.
I had spent a number of years going from quietly pro-life to ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ I am a liberal, generally have liberal friends and live in liberal areas, and it seemed nothing was going to change no matter what I said. Why torture myself with the implications of legal abortion? But my experiences at that time demanded intellectual honesty so I dusted off the topic.
As a very comfortable atheist, I get pretty turned off by religious messaging, probably even moreso back then. So it was a breath of fresh air to see someone on the internet who was not me, speaking dispassionately about why all humans matter, no matter their temporary circumstances. The dispassionate part was also important. I didn’t want this to be an exercise in wailing and gnashing of teeth but a logical exploration of the topic.
I can’t recall that first blog post I came across. I am pretty sure I binge read the posts from there on out.
To date, I think SPL’s work on the realities of later abortions has been some of the most instructive for me on the nature of the debate. I have mostly thought of thoughtful and flawed people on both sides of the debate. But when faced with real numbers provided by SPL, the level at which pro-choice activists seem to happily move their standards into the intentional killing of viable, pain-capable prenatal humans, was shocking. My previous conception had been that most pro-choice people valued both fetus and mother, but valued mothers so much more highly as to warrant death for the former in the name of bodily autonomy; their shift in standards demonstrated to me that I was wrong.
The zeitgeist in the pro-choice world seems to be that prenatal humans matter not at all. Past viability, nobody has to die to protect bodily autonomy, but I don’t see anyone protesting for a right to preterm birth on demand. Only preterm death.
I wouldn’t say any of what I do outs me as pro-life to my community. Anonymity is kind of the point. As a science communicator by day, I really cannot express political opinions on any topic. My work has nothing to do with human biology and even still, I recognize that my audience’s trust in me could be artificially increased or decreased based on their political sympathies if they were able to compare them with mine.
Working with SPL allows me to add my voice and talents to the fight for life in ways I cannot do in the day to day, while also staying true to my dedication to scientifically back arguments and logic”
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