Organizers of an upcoming online “1 in 3 Abortion Speakout” event claim that they want to create a place where where no woman who has had an abortion feels left out or pressured. But it’s clear by the group’s line-up of speakers that pro-life women will not be welcome.
Think Progress reports that organizers have about 100 speakers lined up for the six-hour-long, live-streamed event on Jan. 19. Among the most notable names are Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood abortion business, and Wendy Davis, the former Texas state senator who filibustered a series of pro-life bills.
“This isn’t about evaluating if abortion is right or wrong,” said Brianna Suslovic, a Harvard University senior who is organizing the event. “It’s rather fleshing out the issue as an independent experience that comes with complicated emotions.”
The event is connected to the pro-abortion 1 in 3 Campaign, which encourages women to share how aborting their unborn babies helped them. The campaign attempts to normalize abortion by claiming that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime, a statistic that pro-lifers say is not accurate. It also ignores the devastation that many women experience after aborting their unborn babies.
“It’s pretty simple. Abortion is medical procedure that a lot of Americans have for a variety of different reasons,” Suslovic said. “It’s not a black and white issue.”
The report continues:
Part of the purpose of the speakout is to inform viewers about current state and national legislation linked to abortion access — but the main focus is using storytelling to build bipartisan common ground.
This event comes shortly after 45 different groups submitted legal briefs to Supreme Court last week, explaining why a looming case on abortion clinic regulations could greatly harm women’s health and basic rights. From a group of more than 100 female attorneys who have had abortions to an organization of physicians who have performed the procedure, the briefs also rely on the stories of real women to best defend and humanize their argument.
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Julia Reticker-Flynn, director of the 1 in 3 Campaign, said that she sees the upcoming speakout as an informal “a people’s brief” to the country.
“We want to provide context to lawmakers and to the general public,” she said. “It’s important when discussing abortion to focus on the actual people, not the policy. See the real-life implications of these current or potential laws.”
Unfortunately, the event organizers appears to be ignoring many of the real-life implications of abortion on women and their unborn babies. There is no mention of the thousands of women whose abortions left them with physical and emotional scars.
By welcoming only pro-abortion speakers, the organizers are excluding thousands of women who speak openly about how abortion hurt them and killed their unborn babies.
University of Michigan student Connie Gao, who is helping to organize the event, said they want people to tune in from the privacy of their own homes to hear women tell their abortion stories.
“No one is pressured and no one is excluded,” said Gao – as long as they fit the event’s pro-abortion agenda.