Student members of anti-abortion group support voice of Texas Heartbeat Act – UNIVERSITY PRESS
Members of Students for Life speak out on access to abortion and the pro-life movement.
On May 19, the Texas legislature passed restrictive legislation anti-abortion bill, effectively prohibiting abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, without exception in cases of rape or incest. The bill, intended to specifically prevent women and non-binary people from accessing the abortion procedure, has been criticized and supported across the country.
Students for the Life of America is a student-run academic section that took a few moments to express support for the bill and provide insight into its broader mission to ban abortion nationwide.
Carrie Shank, vice president of the Boca Raton campus section of Students for Life of America, has expressed her opinion on the bill.
“I support the bill,” Carrie Shank said. “I think this is a huge success for Students of Life for America and our mission to ban abortion.”
Along with Carrie Shank, her siblings Sadie Shank and Calvin Shank are also members of the organization and they hope to educate students about alternatives to abortion and provide resources that will encourage pregnant women to carry to term.
The Texas Heartbeat Act effectively prohibits abortion after six weeks, which for most people results in a delay of two weeks. Although there have been multiple attempts in history to ban access to abortion, the Texas Heartbeat Act is unique in terms of its application.
The legislation, also known as Senate Bill 8, places the responsibility for enforcement in the hands of Texan citizens, encouraging them to bring civil lawsuits against those who help obtain abortion procedures. .
“The really important thing is [the Texas bill] helps people seeking abortions by having those around them watch, ”said Calvin Shank.
Founded in 1988 at Georgetown University, Students for the Life of America is a non-profit anti-abortion organization that has chapters all over the United States.
The group aims to enlist, educate and rally students from middle school to pursue their goal of banning all abortions in the country. Their three-step model, simplified in the motto “Belong, Believe, Behave”, has led to the creation of more than 1,250 groups on various campuses.
Javon Peters, a freshman and a member of the group, said he believed the Texas bill would save time for those who oppose access to abortion, the idea being that if abortions can be delayed, groups like Students for Life will be able to educate pregnant women on what resources are available to them.
Peter expressed his support, saying, “You know, just to put it simply, we use it as a deterrent. This is how this law should be used, it should not be used to attack specifically, it is used to say that it cannot happen.
The main branch of Students For Life maintains a contraceptive policy allowing the use of methods they call non-abortive, a title given to forms of birth control that they say are not “able to stop. abnormal to the life of an unborn child “. Methods, such as hormonal contraception, have been labeled as abortifacient by the organization, and their use is categorically opposed.
Currently, the only methods accepted by the organization are the use of a condom / diaphragm, the use of a vaginal sponge, spermicide, sterilization and “natural family planning”.
According to the official branch, if used properly, natural family planning can be up to 99% effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies, but in current practice, the effectiveness of this method can vary widely.
However, when asked about methods of preventing unwanted pregnancies such as condom use and birth control, each member expressed support.
“We’d rather stop him before he arrives than try to stop him after,” said Peter. “We are all focused on prevention or assistance; either we prevent the pregnancy or we help the pregnancy to term, and then we help the mother and the children when it is over.
The group also expressed support for other prevention methods, in particular comprehensive sex education.
“I really think that giving sex education to people of an appropriate age is very important to prevent [unwanted pregnancies]”Sadie Shank said.
Calvin Shank further noted that the club aims to educate people on all the resources available to them, which the group hopes will encourage more people to seek alternatives to abortion.
“The goal of the club is to provide knowledge of the options available to women,” said Calvin Shank. “We will let them know that we are on their side and we will help them get through this step every step of the way. ”
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