Skip to comments.Former Member of National Abortion Rights Action League Speaks out for Life at Princeton Univ.
Posted on 10/12/2007 2:02:45 PM PDT by wagglebee
PRINCETON, New Jersey, October 11, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) Karen Shablin, a former member of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), told an audience at Princeton University on Tuesday evening, that greater support during pregnancy, not abortion, is what women need and want.
The Daily Princetonian, the prestigious universitys campus paper, reports that Shablin, a speaker for Feminists for Life Campus Outreach programme, was invited to speak as part of the campus pro-life groups Respect Life Week.
She said that her own abortion had been a result of fear of joining the ranks of black single mothers that so often remain in poverty. Shablin said she now oppose[s] abortion with every thread of my being, but decries the lack of resources and support available to women in unexpected pregnancies, saying, Women deserve better (than abortion). I deserve better. And certainly you, male and female, deserve better.
Shablin, who is described by Feminists for Life as a former card carrying member of NARAL and a health policy expert, recounted her conversion to the pro-life cause that occurred when she worked as Medicaid director for the state of New Jersey. At that time, the state held a family cap policy refusing assistance to families who had more children while remaining on welfare, but at the same time, the state paid the fees for welfare recipients to have abortions.
She described herself as heartbroken when she heard of women having as many as four abortions in a year under the policy. Women, she said, needed access to practical resources and education to avoid the trap.
Most abortion-supporting organisations offer pregnant women only abortion for which they charge fees. Multitudes of pro-life organisations like Torontos Aid to Women and Birthright, offer practical material and medical assistance free of charge to help women carry their babies to term and support them after the birth.
Shablin said she speaks on campuses about her own experiences because, Every life counts. She says, I cant undo my mistakes over the years - having an abortion, advocating abortion, but I can help others to learn from my mistakes.
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Thank God she's speaking out about it!
You know what the leftists are going to say?
“Sure, you used your freedom of choice to get out of a bad situation, but now you want to restrict other peoples’ choices.”
Who cares what they say?
Everyone is entitled to a conversion.
I personally know several people who openly tell me of the suffering and anguish they live with because of their abortions.
They want to spare others that agony.
but decries the lack of resources and support available to women in unexpected pregnancies.....
open any phone book ,, you’ll find “crisis pregnancy” centers outnumber the abortion providers adverts 5 to 1 ,, or turn to the “lawyer” section and you’ll find many many lawyer adverts touting adoption with all medical expenses paid...
Someone should tell them that only she can determine what is a "bad situation" for herself. And she has determined she chose the worse situation, rather than the better situation.
Since it's obvious that advocating abstinence will not work in these situations, I'd advocate for the agency encouraging women to get the birth control patch. It would be quite a bit less expensive than four abortions, if they're so concerned about cost.
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