Archive for the ‘Pro-Life’ Category

A few nights ago, I was sitting in Golden Corral with my family to celebrate a couple birthdays.  In my family, all the birthdays fall into a couple different parts of the year (February/March, June/July, August, and November), so around that time, the entire extended family get together for dinner to celebrate.

I had just gotten back from school for spring break the night before and was still recovering from the time change and the late night of traveling. My mom was sitting across the table from me talking to the people around us about my school. I can’t remember exactly what she said, but it was something along the lines of, “Franciscan has such a wonderful, conservative environment.”

That’s when I zoned back into the conversation and felt the need to correct her that it’s not the conservative environment that Franciscan University of Steubenville is known for, its the Catholic environment. To my mom’s credit, she was talking to my dad’s side of the family who aren’t Catholic, and have very strong conservative views, so she may have said that due to the audience, but I really felt a need to clarify this confusion:

Franciscan University is not a conservative school, it’s Catholic. YAF-logo

At the beginning of the school year, the Young America’s Foundation released a list of its Top Conservative Colleges to give young Conservatives a list of schools that will allow them to harden and deepen their conservative values. Franciscan University was on the list.  I don’t disagree with YAF’s categorizing Franciscan University, especially since it did acknowledge Franciscan’s Religious Environment. However, it’s political standing should not influence a student’s decision to go there.

Franciscan has never classified itself to one political view. As long as the Franciscan TOR friars and sisters are there, it probably never will. Some folks would argue that is does declare itself a conservative organization due to its involvement in the March for Life and opposition to the HHS mandate.

marchforlife2Franciscan sent aprox. 500 students to the 2014 March for Life earlier this January. Student’s braved the cold to march for those who couldn’t. They go every year because its students are passionate about defending every human’s right to life. They even have  a small tomb where the bodies of aborted babies have been laid to rest where students can pray and meditate.

Franciscan was also among the first universities to speak out against the HHS mandate, particularly because it forced employers to pay for late term abortions.  They even went as far as to file a federal law suit which was later dropped.

Due to both of these events, as well as many others, many have confused Franciscan for being a Conservative University. But both issues are a result of Franciscan University sticking to its Catholic identity. Students who attend Franciscan go because it is “Academically Excellent and Passionately Catholic”. Over 700 students attend daily mass and the same number join the on-campus faith households.

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Franciscan University Tomb of the Unborn Child where the bodies of aborted children have been laid to rest.

It just created a new core in order to help students become better informed and educated classes, requiring all students to take at least 9 credit hours on the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and on Christian Morals and Principles. The presence of the TORs is crucial in maintaining that Catholic identity that survived the 70s and 80s, unlike other Catholic institutions like University of Notre Dame, Gonzaga University, Creighton University, and Georgetown University (just to name a few).

I really encourage y’all, when discussing Franciscan University, don’t call it conservative. While it is a very conservative university with very similar ideas and missions, it’s not. It’s never identified itself as conservative. It’s Catholic. It runs based on what the Catholic Church teaches and knows is true.

Franciscan is a wonderful school that produces incredible young Catholics who are so passionate about their faith and using it for good.  Even in the seven  months I have attended, I have decided to no longer identify myself as a conservative like I did in high school. I (like Francican) am Catholic, both politically and religiously.

It’s ironically hilarious how the United States seems to be reacting to the recent documentary, Blackfish. I haven’t actually seen the documentary myself, and I certainly don’t plan on seeing it anytime soon, but I find it ironic the way people react seeing the killer whales in captivity when they don’t quite understand what is happening to their own species right in their neighborhood (That’s right, I pulled that card…).

Ask anyone who knows me well, Abortion is a topic that makes me angry.  Tell me that men should marry men, I might avoid that argument; tell me that all America should embrace a free health care mandate, not worth getting into a discussion; tell me that Obama is a great president, I’ve got better things to do than point out how uniformed the population is.

Tell me that abortion should be legal and for all cases, no matter how developed the child is, that is a discussion I cannot refuse.

The whole situation makes me mad. Not always at the mothers, I can’t imagine the turmoil that some of them go through, the feeling that there is no way out, the regret, the guilt, the shame.

However, I have also realized that there are people who are already currently mothers with two or three children who simply don’t want another one. The people that make me most angry are the people who surround those women; the men who father those children, her parents, the clinic’s doctors and nurses, especially the clinic staff.

In almost every testimony I’ve heard about abortion, the woman are not allowed to see the screen of the ultrasound, or hear their child’s heart beat because it’s those images and sounds that prove how human and alive the child is; it’s when they see those images that they change their mind and walk out, then the clinics don’t get paid.

Abortion makes death a business.

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What I also don’t understand is at what point does life and children and being pregnant stop being of value to a woman. Having one child is enough to convince many that life is precious and shouldn’t be wasted, especially by a vacuum.

Yet some women with children already, don’t see the value in their unborn children. They can’t recognize that it’s more than a fetus.  If they can’t see it in their unborn child, who says they can see it in the living ones? What next if the pro-abortion group keeps growing? Killing a kid after being born because of it’s funny looking nose?

The pro-life movement is growing. More and more people are realizing the horrors of abortion, no matter their religion or political parties. The pro-life movement is full of young people. But why is that? Because it’s our generation that is being massacred. Those being killed are the ones who were supposed to be our brothers and sisters, our classmates, our friends, our lovers,

“Young people are rejecting abortion these days,” said Barbara Meara, chairman of New York State Right to Life. “The 18 to 25-year-olds are the most pro-life group in the country, according to a number of different polls.”

The Susan B. Anthony Foundation claims “In 2012, those identifying as ‘pro-choice’ reached their smallest numbers since polling began. As the number of pro-life Americans begins to grow, the pro-choice movement has seen its numbers dwindle. The Pro-Life Majority is growing!”

The largest and strongest group of people pro-life appear to have been born after Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court Case that made abortion legal in 1973.  Irony? I think not.

Check out some more statistics on the growing Pro-Life movement with Gallup.