Youth Protecting Youth is a pro-life club. What does that mean? In the media we are often referred to as an “anti-abortion” club. This is true, but incomplete.
Yes, we are opposed to abortion. The important question is “why?” As a group of pro-life individuals, we believe in the intrinsic value and dignity of all human beings. We believe this dignity needs to be recognized and upheld in all human beings – regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, age, or perceived quality of life. For this reason, we are opposed to abortion, euthanasia, and any other action that denies the dignity of human beings.
Those who oppose our club often refer to us as “anti-choice”. Frankly, I find this term ridiculous. If I were against choice in general, I would not be in university. I would have failed every multiple-choice test with which I was presented throughout my life. In fact, if I were against choices, I don’t know how I’d function at all.
So let’s finish the sentence. There are specific matters in which I am “anti-choice”. For example, I am against the choice to drink and drive, I am against the choice to assault someone, and I am against the choice to rape someone. I think most people in our society are comfortable saying they are “anti” those choices. Something those choices have in common is that they hurt or kill other human beings. And that is why I have a problem with abortion: unborn human beings are human beings.
So, dear reader, I want to say that I love you. I might not know you, but I know that you’re a human being reading this, and I want you to know that you have value and dignity as a member of the human family. I love you regardless of the choices you’ve made in your life, regardless of how much or little value you may feel you have, regardless of what you think of me. Sometimes I make mistakes. Sometimes I don’t show this love as I should. But I will work to uphold the dignity of all human beings, including you. I hope you will do the same.