An angry uterus heating pad, an F-U-terus pin, a box of chocolates, a girl power hat, a coloring book of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: these are some of the gifts recently suggested by Teen Vogue as ways that girls can show their “care” to teenage friends who just had abortions.
“The worst part of all this isn’t the procedure itself (which by the way is completely safe as long as you have access to a good clinic),” the article states. “The worst part is how you’re treated afterwards.”
“She will need a ride, she will need a hug, and she will need you—not because the act itself is so terrible, but because sometimes the world can be.”
Consider what Jesus said: “the devil…was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
When Satan carries out murder in an outwardly civil society, inevitably he must bury the murder in a huge grave of lies so that no one sees the corpses. (As the mass-murderer Stalin put it, “One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”) As Jews and others under the Third Reich were considered subhuman, and thereby their deaths were minimized as inconsequential and necessary for the greater good, today the lives of unborn children are viewed the same.
The Teen Vogue article is flippant and lighthearted about what has devastated countless women. Every abortion leaves one person dead and one injured. This “no big deal” approach will naturally encourage pregnant readers to get an abortion themselves. There are many resources for women who are suffering the ongoing effects of their abortion—these will truly help women, not trivialize their pain.
I encourage you to watch this powerful video response from 16-year-old Autumn Lindsey. She is part of the target demographic for Teen Vogue.
Thanks for speaking up, Autumn. Thanks also to your family for encouraging you as you formed the values and convictions you articulate so well.
May God raise up more and more young people—and old people too—who are passionate about life and will oppose head on the pervasive lies that find their source in the one Jesus called “the father of lies.” May we speak out about the horrors of abortion with courage and compassion, truth and grace!
If you’d like to do more reading about how to engage people in conversation about the issue of abortion, check out my books Why ProLife? and ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments.
Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.