• Jo Jackson

Life is a journey...

Updated: Sep 6, 2019

...And it starts from conception!

Each one of us changes so much over the course of our lives. Physically, we grow from a tiny cell into fully grown adults. Our size changes, our features change, our personalities change….and sometimes, so do our beliefs.

One really cool fact about the prolife movement is that it is made up of people from all walks of life, many of whom have changed their mind and become pro-life or actively prolife after some event caused a big impact. Now, I’m going to lay my cards on the table. I’ve always been pro-life. It’s just always made sense to me and I grew up in a family that was very actively pro-life. But, it’s been really cool to meet some people who have had a really different journey into the prolife movement and to read about the radical changes in the lives of ‘pro-life celebrities.’

Let’s take a look at a few of them…

Our very own, Mads Page, CEO of APS had this to say:

“While I wouldn’t say I was ever pro choice, I certainly had the attitude of ‘I wouldn’t have an abortion but if someone else wants to that’s on them’. Then at university I met the Students for Life society and (once I had established they weren’t people that wanted to be students forever...!) I started going along to a couple of their events. As I learnt more about the humanity of the unborn and the sheer scale of abortion in the UK I became more and more inspired to do something. At the same time, I was doing applied ethics as part of my philosophy degree and became increasingly aware of the fact that I was the only one in my seminars speaking up on pro-life issues and decided silence was not an option.”

Life Matters® Officer James Tranter also took some drawing out. Here’s his journey:

“I can't remember even thinking about abortion or pro-life issues when I was growing up. When I was a student, though, I started to learn more about the topic and volunteered for pro-life organisations, even though it was a little nerve-wracking at first. And that's what really opened my eyes to the reality of abortion and how we need to do something about it.”

If the pro-life movement can be said to have a celebrity, it’s got to be Abby Johnson.

Abby used to work for the largest Planned Parenthood in Texas - Planned Parenthood is a major abortion provider in the USA for those who aren’t aware - and was even the clinic director. Everything changed for her though when one day, she was asked to assist with an ultrasound guided abortion. The reality of what was happening struck Abby and she decided to quit her job. Not only that, she became pro-life and founded an organisation that helps people who work in abortion clinics to leave their jobs and find new, life-affirming employment. Pretty awesome!

Being pro-life is a journey for all of us. So, wherever you stand, and whatever your questions, join us at #Connect2019 to take your next step!

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APS is run by students and recent graduates for students. Our unique mission is to build university pro-life communities in England, Scotland and Wales that have a lasting and profound respect for human life from fertilisation to natural death. We do this by building, supporting and connecting student pro-life societies.

Life's mission is to create a just society which has the utmost respect for all human life from fertilisation. Life believes that opposition to abortion has to go hand-in-hand with the provision of alternatives.