Not Just Adults. New Campaign Has Teens Celebrating Their Abortions

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 12, 2018   |   9:54AM   |   Washington, DC

A new pro-abortion campaign aims to convince teens that aborting an unborn baby is no big deal.

Organized by Advocates for Youth and the National Network of Abortion Funds, Youth Testify is a national campaign that encourages young people who have had abortions to share their stories, according to Teen Vogue.

The campaign claims it wants to change the narrative and combat misinformation about abortions among teens and young adults, but it really only wants abortion-positive stories from teens. Young adults who regret aborting their unborn babies or had terrible experiences are not welcome to participate.

The campaign currently has 13 people ages 17 to 24 who are sharing their abortion stories in Teen Vogue and other venues targeted at young adults. Some already have had as many as three abortions.

One, Jessy, told the magazine about the struggles she went through to be able to abort her unborn child: “Because of all the hurdles I had to go through with insurance, I had to play the waiting game for so long, and because there’s so much stigma surrounding abortion, I was ashamed and didn’t try to reach out for more help.”

One of the key goals of Youth Testify appears to be to attack parental consent laws. Most states have these common-sense laws to require that parents be involved before their minor daughter makes a life-changing, life-destroying decision.

Calling these protective laws a “barrier” for teens, the campaign referred to two of its storytellers, Veronika and Co, who bypassed the laws by asking a judge for an abortion rather than their parents.

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According to the report:

Through judicial bypass, a judge is ultimately held responsible for deciding whether a young person is mature enough to choose an abortion for themselves. According to Advocates for Youth, the procedures are based on “unclear legal criteria” and create a double standard for young people, by forcing them to prove they’re “mature” enough before they may choose an abortion but not have a child.

And although Veronika, a 19-year-old Latina woman, was ultimately granted the right to an abortion without approval from a parent or guardian, it didn’t make the process any less nerve-wracking. “It was stressful emotionally because I was really scared they would say no,” Veronika told Teen Vogue. But she also wants the world to know how much relief and joy her ability to get an abortion has brought her, and that she has no regrets. “It was the best, most mature decision I made in my life, because I got to determine my future. I made a decision for myself and for a child, that I wasn’t ready emotionally, mentally, or financially.”

The pro-abortion campaign also is pushing a California bill that would force colleges to provide dangerous abortion drugs to students on campus. Abortion activists hope the bill will become “a model across the country, for every state.”

“Young people are leading the way on every fight worth having,” said Deb Hauser, president of Advocates for Youth. “Whether they are marching for gun control, police reform, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ health and rights, racial justice or reproductive justice, young people are mobilizing for a more just and equitable world. Our job is to provide them with the tools and support they need to make their vision a reality.”

What really appears to be happening is the abortion industry is putting a huge amount of money and effort into convincing young people to join their movement. For years, the pro-abortion movement has worried about the apathy among its young supporters and the passion of young pro-life advocates.

Hopefully, this deceptive campaign will fail, like many others, to convince young adults that killing an unborn baby is somehow normal and good.