15 Aug If abortion were made illegal today, how would your role in the Pro-Life movement change?
The prompt this week was: “If abortion were made illegal today, how would your role in the Pro-Life movement change?”
In the Pro-Life movement, I play a few different roles. From being the leader of leaders as the President of Loyola Students for Life to being a Summer Intern for Students for Life of Illinois, I am constantly growing in leadership.
As a leader, I am bringing people to the truth surrounding the topic of abortion and growing in love for all lives. Through this, I am changing hearts and minds, and thus creating a culture of life on my campus and in the world.
Therefore, if abortion were made illegal today, my role as a Pro-Life leader would not change.
It would still be my main priority to educate my peers, provide resources, and be a first responder to those in crisis. However, if the law were to change tomorrow, I would be more motivated to continued action, rather than changing my role as a leader.
My current role as President of Loyola Students for Life would remain the same: I would still be leading my peers to build a culture of life on campus and in the community. I would still be an educator on life-related issues and on resources available to pregnant women, but my role would also include more support for women in crisis and being there for women during these challenging times in their lives. Additionally, my job of reaching out and providing resources and support to these women would be even more crucial to ensure that all women know about the aid they can receive.
Another role that I play in the Pro-Life movement is as a first responder for women who find themselves in crisis situations.
First responders are people who serve those who have faced or are facing a traumatic event. There is a group of first responders that are specific to the pro-life cause: the men and women who seek to protect the life of the unborn.
First responders are often the first line of defense for the unborn. Currently, I am working on reaching out and connecting pregnant women to Community Health Centers, while also being there to support these women as they make the transition to motherhood.
In the end, the truth of the matter is this: we are living in a wounded society. Most of us, including my entire generation, have never lived in a world where abortion was illegal.
As a society, we are not completely ready for this change to happen overnight – specifically because we have to change hearts and minds before we can change the laws. Our role as leaders of this movement is to work at the ground level. My motivation comes from working towards building a society that does not tell women that they cannot both have a child and be successful.
I am aware of the hurt and pain that comes with choosing abortion and I want to take part in changing how our society treats women in unplanned pregnancies.We all have to work together to find more ways to reach pregnant women and provide them with the support necessary to empower them to choose life because women truly do deserve better than abortion.
So, if abortion were to become illegal tomorrow, my job would not change, my work would not be done – it would only be beginning.
Carina Greico is a summer intern with Students for Life of Illinois. She is entering her junior year at Loyola University of Chicago with a double major in Psychology and Theology and a minor in Catholic Studies.