In a recent Facebook post, Jennifer Christie of Love Louder, Inc. offered a spoken word poem of her own to counter poet Amanda Gorman’s viral performance of “8 Reasons to Stand Up Today Against Abortion Bans in the United States.” Christie told Live Action News she was motivated to respond because of Gorman’s very first point about rape, which affects Christie personally.
“I love spoken word poetry,” said Christie. “A spoken word poem getting so much attention could be great for the medium, but how disheartening that it was one that was pro-abortion. And wrong! [Gorman’s] first point was that the penalty for rape was less than the penalty for abortion after rape.”
Christie clarified that in reality, “There is no penalty for aborting after rape. Abortion is still legal.”
Christie was disappointed that the poem turned out to be “all just pro-choice talking points. I watched it through once and immediately started to write a response in my head.” She acknowledged, “I imagine this will upset some people, but it isn’t at all a criticism of Amanda or her work, but strictly of the content of that one poem. I hope this might… plant some seeds, or unearth the dangerous seeds planted in impressionable minds that absorbed Ms. Gorman’s work.”
In her poem, “8 Reasons to Stand Up Today for Every Human Life on the Planet,” Christie’s first reason comes straight from her heart as a survivor of rape and as an overcomer who found healing through the birth of the child she conceived from that rape.
There is no penalty for rape harsh enough that it will ever erase the scars,, retrace the stars that shone on her shame that night that morning, that afternoon, the moment
Not a penalty harsh enough exists for a woman once her soul has been stole
But saying it’s about control
Aren’t we collectively appalled when someone bigger and stronger forces their will onto the body of someone else
Or is that only when we don’t call that action “choice”?
Christie addresses other common pro-abortion talking points in the reasons that follow. Later in her spoken word poem, she states in part:
… this battle can’t be won
Not by tongue nor by fist
It’s courage and heart, It’s walking the walk
In parcel and part, It’s the grace in your talk
It’s reaching a hand to a mother in need
To her child, her children
It’s sowing a seed
And let’s not “What if” over how one was conceived
The simple truth is: When it comes to determining the matter of life,
It is not up to us to determine when another’s life matters.
Many who claim to be pro-life hold the “rape exception” as an unsettling caveat to their otherwise staunch beliefs. Others feel unsure how to respond when faced with the “what about rape?” question. Christie’s thoughtful rejoinder to Amanda Gorman’s pro-abortion poem speaks truth about the value of every human life, regardless of the circumstances of conception. Women who are survivors of rape, as well as their preborn children, are well served by her courage in confronting the lie that abortion can ever be a societal good or a necessary evil.
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