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By James Arnold Posted on: | March 16, 2016
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International Women's Day: The Importance of Supporting Women

Last week was International Women's Day, and in many parts of the world, organizations are fighting just to allow women to live. ADF International's partner organization, ADF India, is fighting for just that right:

"In our country, 50,000 babies are aborted every month for one reason: they are girls instead of boys," said Tehmina Arora, a representative of ADF India. "India’s skewed sex ratio shows that, as a nation, we have failed girls. They are either aborted or, once born, subject to various forms of violence. It’s time to address this issue, especially on International Women’s Day, March 8. Whoever believes that women share the same rights as men cannot turn a blind eye to what is happening in India today."
In conjunction with the above statement, ADF India launched a campaign called #VanishingGirls, with the objective "to raise awareness against the practice of sex selection" in birth.

Over at Public Discourse, Marie Smith took a look at the global pro-life movement, particularly in contrast with the tweet fest which claims that "access to safe and legal abortion is a human right." Smith connects sex-selective abortions with gender-based violence later in life:

"There is no disputing the link between sex-selection abortion and the rise of violence against women and girls. Organizations that work to stop gender-based violence (GBV) need look no further than the tragedy of prenatal sex selection for the beginnings of GBV. But present-day pro-abortion politics stand in the way and prevent most from opposing this first act of violence based on gender."

The reality of abortion, even when it isn't sex-selective, is difficult to square with the "safe and legal" rhetoric from above. Just read this story, of a woman who had an abortion at 15 years old, only to learn later that the abortion "had damaged [her] so much that [she] was not able to have children." Nona Ellington told her story to The Daily Signal:

"As a result of that [abortion], I was never able to have children. I had five miscarriages, two were pregnancies that required emergency surgery, and [during] the last one in 2004, the only tube I had left ruptured, so I was bleeding internally, and they almost lost me."

In Virginia, the state Senate passed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, redirecting the money to other healthcare centers. The bill now will head to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has said that he would veto the bill.

In the rest of the Americas, folks are still debating abortion when it comes to microcephaly. Down in Brazil, a majority is opposed to abortion, even in this case.


The Importance of Compassion when Arguing for Life

Let's look at a fantastic post from the folks over at Equal Rights Institute. In this article, Josh Brahm walks through one of the trickiest discussion points he and other pro-life advocates are likely to face. The question he is facing is this: While we are pro-life, how do we respond in the instance of pregnancy by rape?

Brahm focuses on two types of responses, the relational and the intellectual. He begins with the relational response by quoting from his friend Steve Wagner, who had this to say:

"When a pro-choice person brings up the issue of rape, they’re not terribly concerned at that point if the unborn is human. They want to find out whether you’re human."

Brahm argues that we often need to start with the tragedy: Rape is a horrible, tragic event that ought never been condoned or otherwise taken lightly:

"We should surround this woman with love and the kinds of resources she needs…. Basically, we should be willing to do just about anything for this woman except kill someone."
Don't miss the intellectual bit of Brahm's post, either, where he makes a compelling argument from a hypothetical involving a child conceived by rape.


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International Women's Day: The Importance of Supporting Women

James Arnold

News and Research Manager

James Arnold manages and edits the Alliance Alert, a daily repository of news in all forms—written, spoken, or in video format.

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