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Jacquitta Martin | Tuesday, November 10, 2009

 Yesterday I noticed that the yearly pro-life signs had been posted. This year the slogan is “We support women.” My question is: how do you support women? I can’t help but wonder if those who are pro-life consider that some young women don’t choose to have abortions, but are forced to by family. Some conceive children after being raped or molested. Others realize that they would be bringing a child into an unhealthy and possibly unsafe environment. I find it offensive that every year we are forced to endure the posters and crosses. What about the students who may have had abortions and are haunted by the experience.

You say that you support women, but how? Are you going to provide them with the money they need to buy food, diapers, and clothes? Will you ensure that both child and mother have health insurance? Can you guarantee housing if her parents choose to turn their backs on her? If the answer is no, then I must disagree and say that you don’t support women. It’s insensitive to force students to see these posters. If the answer is yes, then I will gladly concede the validity of your statement that you “support women.”
 
Jacquitta Martin
sophomore
McCandless 
Nov. 9

  • Rivka

    I’m not a Notre Dame student, and can’t speak for things on campus, but many in the pro life movement do exactly what you are asking. I used to volunteer at a pro life pregnancy clinic that provided diapers, clothes, and money. I know someone who has dedicated his life to spreading awareness in regards to the women who were coerced into abortions.

    That being said, we should work hard to ensure that such true support is the norm, not the rarity.

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True support

Jacquitta Martin | Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Yesterday I noticed that the yearly pro-life signs had been posted. This year the slogan is “We support women.” My question is: how do you support women? I can’t help but wonder if those who are pro-life consider that some young women don’t choose to have abortions, but are forced to by family. Some conceive children after being raped or molested. Others realize that they would be bringing a child into an unhealthy and possibly unsafe environment. I find it offensive that every year we are forced to endure the posters and crosses. What about the students who may have had abortions and are haunted by the experience.

You say that you support women, but how? Are you going to provide them with the money they need to buy food, diapers, and clothes? Will you ensure that both child and mother have health insurance? Can you guarantee housing if her parents choose to turn their backs on her? If the answer is no, then I must disagree and say that you don’t support women. It’s insensitive to force students to see these posters. If the answer is yes, then I will gladly concede the validity of your statement that you “support women.” 

Jacquitta Martin

sophomore

McCandless

Nov. 9