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|Posted by Katie Young on March 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM||comments (1)|
Many of you may have seen or heard about our display in front of the CU Center today. The Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust joined us from 10:00am to 2:00pm, set up a table with literature, and set up signs with images of victims of abortion.
Many people expressed concern over the abrasiveness of the approach, which also invovled volunteers engaging students, faculty, and staff in conversations about abortion. I want to let everyone know that our only goal is to start a discussion on Concordia's campus about abortion and life in the womb. We never intended to hurt anyone, but we did intend to get people out of their comfort zones.
While we were out there, a friend handed me this flier that she found in the Breezeway. Since the author of the flier was not comfortable talking to me in person about his or her concerns and I don't know who he or she is, I would like to address those concerns here.
This is the flyer I was handed:
To the creater of this flier,
First, I would like to express my apologies that you felt it necessary to walk through mud to avoid us. We did our best to ensure that we were not blocking any walkways. I hope that in the future you'll feel more comfortable with us and be able to walk by us instead of avoiding us by walking through the grass.
Our only goal was to start a discussion. However, we've found that these displays are the best conversation starters, especially with people who have never given a lot of thought to abortion.
In your second point, I believe you are referring to the second page of the magazine we handed out today. The line refers to feeding mushrooms "a lot of crap." That was never meant to refer to a peron's opinions, but to lies and misinformation spread by the abortion industry. I am sorry if you felt that was directed at you or anyone else.
As to your third point, the magazine isn't calling Pro-Choice people mushrooms. The assertion is that the abortion industry treats young people like mushrooms -- keeping them in the dark and feeding them crap. I am so sorry you misunderstood the magazine's intent.
We know the images are disturbing. We don't like them either. But the actual killing of unborn human beings is happening every day on the scale of 115,068 per day worldwide. There are approximately 512 abortion providers in California alone who do what you saw on the sign on a daily basis. This isn't an issue that can be relegated to debates on ethics and philosophy. It's a daily genocide. Our goal is to prevent further loss of life and further harm coming to men and women threatened by abortion. We offer resources for those who do have abortion in their past to help them seek counseling and healing.
In fact, we did get to talk to several people who were post-abortive or who had post-abortive friends, and we were able to give them those resources. Those conversations never would have happened without our display today.
The Survivors and I will be out again tomorrow, from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the same place. I sincerely hope that you'll take time to come talk to us and let us explain why we're there and what we're trying to do.
Thank you for expressing your concerns!