The House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood, and so abortion advocates responded in a particularly gruesome way: by celebrating the murder of countless preborn babies through the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion on Twitter. Supporters wrote callous messages about how they didn’t regret their abortions, or how murdering their preborn child made them feel happier and more fulfilled, that they were thriving and had no guilt and no shame.
But then, pro-lifers came up with a new hashtag: #ShoutYourAdoption.
#ShoutYourADOPTION because ALL lives matter
— Meagan Kriger (@MeaganKriger) September 21, 2015
The pro-abortion activists on Twitter often repeated the same argument in their stories of why they had abortions: they weren’t ready for a baby. They weren’t the parent type. Their boyfriend threatened to leave them. What else were they supposed to do?
Adoption is the answer that’s never really discussed, and especially not by Planned Parenthood. After all, there aren’t big bucks to be made by facilitating an adoption. But that doesn’t mean that pro-lifers aren’t willing to speak out and share their inspirational adoption stories.
— Michael A. Coughlin (@ABereanOne) September 22, 2015
— Kimberly Schimmel (@KimberlySchimme) September 22, 2015
— Stephanie Billman (@fancy_stephanie) September 21, 2015
I chose life and 31 years later he thanked me. #ShoutYourAdoption
— MAMADOXIE (@Mamadoxie) September 21, 2015
— Lisa Twigg (@JustFineTwiggy) September 22, 2015
— Daughter of the King (@HeMadeAchange) September 22, 2015
— MistyJoe (@mistyjbabe) September 22, 2015
— Jeremy Donovan (@jeremy_donovan) September 22, 2015
Unsurprisingly, abortion advocates responded to these tweets by repeating tired arguments about bodily autonomy and choice. What they continually fail to realize is that abortion isn’t about bodily autonomy; a woman does, indeed, have the right to do what she wants with her own body. But the preborn baby’s body is not hers. A preborn baby is an independent human being, a fact supported by science, yet the abortion lobby is completely unwilling to respect the baby’s bodily autonomy.
And what about the baby’s choice?
The baby did not choose to be conceived. The baby did not participate in any irresponsible behavior. Yet the baby is the one to bear the punishment for something she didn’t choose to do. How does that make any sense?
On top of all of this, there’s another common refrain in #ShoutYourAbortion: that a woman’s life would be ruined by having a baby. Many of the #ShoutYourAbortion tweeters gave examples about wanting to protect their future.
Because I’m an AP honors student and I wanted a better future for my future children. #ShoutYourAbortion
— «mother venus» (@adriannadelrey) September 20, 2015
The implication is that women are not strong enough to have a baby and go to school, or have a baby and build a career… or that women are not strong enough to make the difficult decision to put their baby up for adoption. Yet it’s pro-lifers who are anti-woman?
Pro-lifers are the ones who believe that women are strong enough, that women are capable. We are willing to be there to help women through a crisis pregnancy. Pro-abortion activists can’t say that. Their answer to a woman in crisis is to ‘fix it’ through violence and pain; pro-lifers, meanwhile, used #ShoutYourAdoption to prove that there’s a better way, one that can provide inspiration and hope instead.