Dear Pro-Life Advocates,

One of the reasons I chose to attend Georgetown was its diverse political environment, which was something I definitely desired after graduating from a small international school with like-minded kids. I was not expecting how forthcoming people are here with their politics. As I walked through Red Square during my first week of school, I was surprised by the tables already set out, particularly the H*yas for Choice table and the Vita Saxa table.

It took me some time to realize what Vita Saxa was advocating but ever since, it always struck me as funny to see the “right-to-lifers” across the square from the “pro-choicers.”  It’s almost like a territory battle, staring the other one down all day long. It’s great that Georgetown students are able to use school grounds to voice our political views. However, there is a clear difference between peacefully sitting in Red Square to voice your beliefs and taking to the streets and being violent on behalf of your beliefs.

I completely understand why some people have chosen to be pro-life. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being pro-life if that is something with which you whole-heartedly agree. I am not going to argue with anyone who believes abortion is murder. What I do have a problem with, however, is when pro-life people try to make the whole world be pro-life. What any woman does with her body is nobody’s business except hers.

       Why take to the streets of D.C. every January 22nd, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, to try to convince the citizens of the U.S. to join your movement? What if a woman who had an abortion is driving through D.C. that day and has to be reminded of the devastatingly difficult decision she had to make?  In very rare cases, what about shooting up a Planned Parenthood clinic because you don’t agree with the help they’re providing young women across the country? It is no justification for violence that people working there don’t necessarily hold the same beliefs as you. What about the more common demonstration “pro-lifers” sometimes choose of blocking the entrance to abortion clinics? Choosing to have an abortion is already emotionally draining enough, so no woman needs the judgement of someone else right before or after it happens.

 

Roe v. Wade happened for a reason: so that women could choose what to do with their own bodies without the intervention of the government. We shouldn’t be trying to reverse it or make women ashamed for having abortions. I certainly respect your opinion if you are pro-life, but I am not going to futilely try to change your mind, so I would appreciate it if you didn’t try to change mine.

Ana Madero