The radical Shout Your Abortion campaign recently used a young pro-life woman’s photo under a headline claiming she had three abortions and was proud of them.
Molly Schaap, whose photo the pro-abortion website used, told the Canadian pro-life group Choice42 that she was “horrified” when she saw her photo attached to the pro-abortion campaign.
Her smiling photo appeared under the headline “Shout Your Abortion – I am 23 and I have had 3 abortions. YES I HAVE!” The pro-abortion campaign urges women to share their abortion stories to push the message that aborting unborn babies is good for women.
“I was horrified to wake up yesterday and learn that a photo of me was stolen and used without my permission or knowledge on a post for ‘Shout Your Abortion’,” Schaap told the pro-life organization last week.
“Heather,” who wrote the post “said she is proud of who she is and her actions, yet she used a picture of a random stranger instead of herself. I am appalled that my photo has been used in this manner,” she continued.
The pro-abortion group did remove the post and Schaap’s photo from its website, but people now are questioning whether Heather’s story also is true.
“While the story on the website has been removed, links and screenshots of the title falsely tied to my picture are continually being shared. Even though the story is not mine, the comments being made about the girl in the photo feel very personal,” Schaap said.
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She said she is very pro-life and donates to support pregnant and parenting moms and babies.
“All of my life, I have been pro-life and believe that life begins at conception,” the young woman said. “As a Christian, I believe that God is the author of life, and life is not ours to take away.”
However, Schaap also criticized some of the nasty comments that people posted on social media about “Heather” and urged people to respond with forgiveness and compassion.
“Yes, the story, if it is true, is quite sad, but there is no excuse for making some of the crude and judgmental comments I have seen,” she said. “While I strongly believe that abortion is taking a valued life, I would like to ask people to think about the effect that their words have and to choose their words carefully. If Heather really exists, I want her to know that she has value and is loved despite the unfortunate life choices she has made.
“The Bible clearly teaches that God is a forgiving God. As a Christian, I strive to embody the love of Christ. Passing judgment helps no one. I hope that my story challenges you to think twice before making a comment on the Internet and instead think of other ways to promote choosing life,” Schaap said.