A new pro-abortion group is borrowing Christian evangelistic language to encourage more women to brag about their abortions.
Created by the National Network of Abortion Funds, the group We Testify is one of abortion activists’ new efforts to try to convince society that the killing of an innocent unborn baby is normal.
“Every day someone chooses to have an abortion,” the We Testify website says. “We are not alone in this decision, however, due to stigma, we’re often made to feel isolated and shamed. Our stories remind us and those around us that we’re not alone. We testify as experts to our experiences. We testify that our spirituality and abortion are one.”
The group says privileged middle and upper class heterosexual white women often are the ones whose abortion stories get attention. We Testify wants to give a voice to women who don’t get an opportunity to justify their abortions through storytelling – such as racial minorities, low-income women and transgender individuals.
“When we fail to raise women of color up along with their stories, we fail to liberate the abortion narrative that has been slowly and effectively co-opted by the anti-choice right since the announcement of Roe v. Wade in 1973,” blogger Lucy Flores recently wrote about the new pro-abortion group.
Denise C. McAllister explained some of the troubling aspects of the new group in a new column at The Federalist:
They do this [promote abortions], as their name represents, by “testifying” to their experiences. If the term strikes you as particularly religious, it is—and that’s on purpose. In the Christian community, people often testify of their conversion and faith. We Testify says this is just what they’re doing—it’s their truth, their form of evangelism as women share their testimonies everywhere, including in their churches, where they “testify before their congregation and spiritual leaders.”
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“We hold the moral high ground in trusting people to make their own decision about abortion,” they say. “We are redefining who the experts are on abortion. We Testify because we are the experts in our own lives, our abortion experiences, and our truths.”
To promote their gospel of abortion, they also have a store where they sell clothing and paraphernalia that proudly declares “I had an abortion!” If that’s not disturbing enough, read what they wrote in the Swag Store blurb: “We Testify is a project dedicated to increasing the spectrum of abortion storytellers in the public sphere, and ensuring we look fly as we do it! SLAY in our custom We Testify swag.”
You read that right. “SLAY” is urban slang for “Kill it.” One has to wonder if they get the chilling irony. Given the pride they have in their abortions, maybe they do.
The group’s mission fits in with the pro-abortion movement’s on-going crusade to convert society to accept abortion on demand up until birth. They no longer couch abortion in terms like “rare” or “a difficult decision,” claiming that the terms stigmatize and judge women who decide to abort their unborn babies.
The push is almost religious, crusade-like in nature with abortion activists demanding that society accept their pro-abortion ideology without question. But while claiming that every individual person is an “expert” in “our own lives” and “truths,” these abortion activists try to silence the women who have very different stories and experiences with abortion.
Lindsey is one of them. The Missouri mom shared with the Silent No More Awareness Campaign that she had an abortion when she was 19 years old and the “regret is something I still deal with today.” She described her abortion experience as “humiliating ” and “horrifying.” She said the staff were rude, and the ultrasound technician refused to let her see the sonogram of her unborn child.
Though she felt relieved at first, Lindsey said her life quickly began to deteriorate after her abortion. She struggled with relationships, depression and alcohol abuse, almost to the point of killing herself. Finally, Lindsey said she accepted God’s forgiveness for killing her unborn child and learned to forgive herself, too.
Lindsey’s story and thousands of others’ are the stories that abortion activists don’t want the public to hear. They work to silence them just as they work to silence the voices of millions of unborn babies every year in abortions.