Culture of LifeThu May 10, 2012 - 5:20 pm EST
Young pro-lifers vow to give up something they enjoy Until Abortion Ends
GLENDALE, California, May 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – They care about the dignity of all human life, especially the dignity of unborn children. They come from nowhere in particular, but can be found in practically every humble town or great metropolis that spreads across the North American continent. And they have united together under a common cause to deny themselves something they like until the day comes when babies in the womb can no longer be legally killed.
Until Abortion Ends is a movement from a new generation of pro-lifers who are aware of the spiritual merit of personal sacrifice in the battle for the lives of the unborn.
“I have vowed not to eat chocolate until abortion ends! And even if it means I never have it again, I want my actions to make a difference for the unborn,” states one young person on the group’s website.
The pro-lifers in the group say they believe their sacrifice will make a difference in the fight over the greatest humans rights issue in history.
Some have vowed to give up their favorite soft drink until abortion end. “I’m 16 and I love Mountain Dew,” vowed one person. “I have at least 2 a day. But one thing I hate is abortion. So I am officially giving up Mountain Dew until abortion ends.”
Others have giving up their favorite junk food. “Until abortion ends, I am giving up the one and only candy bar that I LOVE, Snickers. This is my go-to junk food, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them, but until the murdering of innocent babies is stopped, I will never have another one.”
Social media addicts say they are willing to sacrifice their online social life for the cause for life. “I Promise to give up my Facebook account until Abortion ends,” vowed one young person.
Even die-hard computer-gamers are willing to unplug themselves as a sacrifice in the fight for life. “Until abortion ends I will no longer play Call of Duty,” vowed another young person.
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Marion Jones, 20, National Director of I Am Whole Life, a pro life organization that began the Until Abortion Ends project, shared with LifeSiteNews the reason for her conviction that abortion will end in her lifetime.
“More than half of the U.S. is pro-life,” Marion pointed out. “Our country is having a change of heart. It is so encouraging to see the thousands of high school and college students who are active in Students for Life of America and the number of followers of groups such as 40 Days for Life.”
Marion pointed to the growing number of states that have successfully put Personhood initiatives on their ballots as a “clear indication of our inevitable victory”.
But that victory, Marion believes, will not come without sacrifice.
Famed Catholic author Michael D. O’Brien recently explained to pro-life leaders at LifeSiteNews’ 15th anniversary gala the importance of sacrifice in the pro-life movement.
“It is a commonplace that we are involved in a great war … a war that will last until the end of time,” said O’Brien.
“[Pro-life] work, based in a deeper and higher and broader understanding of the nature of reality, entails a great deal of sacrifice, always,” he observed. “Many tests will try our faith in God. But at every moment we must keep in mind that Our Lord Jesus Christ is the victor.”
Marion explained how her father, Jason Jones, famous pro-life activist and producer of the award winning film Bella, once met a friend in Vancouver, B.C. who had vowed to give up chocolate as a personal sacrifice until the slaughter of the innocent by abortion had come to an end.
“My dad was so inspired that he decided to do the same, except he would give up coffee. The idea caught on and thus began Until Abortion Ends,” said Marion.
Marion herself has relinquished her ipod until abortion ends.
Marion noted that the beauty of the Until Abortion Ends movement is how it has united the pro-life movement in “prayer and sacrifice”.
“As a Christian, I believe in the power of prayer,” she said.
Marion believes that young people are attracted to the movement “because they sincerely care about the dignity of all human life.” She thinks that in the consumerist culture of the West, people of faith are “searching for opportunities for prayer and penance.” Until Abortion Ends has already inspired hundreds of people to give up their favorite luxury. People can make their sacrifice public by signing a pledge on the group’s website.
The group has received the ridicule of abortion proponents in the liberal media.
Jay Smooth, a popular video blogger for ill Doctrine, poked fun at the group when he thanked them for making “pro-choice activism look more virtuous.”
Smooth made a personal pledge to “help everyone at untilabortionends.com keep improving their diet so that they can live longer and healthier lives” by his own efforts to make certain that “a woman’s reproductive rights never come to an end.”
Until Abortion Ends even appeared on the Comedy Central show Tosh.O in February where, despite show host Daniel Tosh’s attempt to throw mud on the pro-life position, Marion and her pro-life friends more than matched his challenges and attempts at mockery.
Jill Stanek, prominent pro-life columnist and blogger, noted that Marion’s appearance on the show was “absolutely amazing.”
“Marion was more than up to him, articulate and personable and near the end delivering a poignant – and I’m sure unexpected – heart grabber about how abortion has personally affected her,” she wrote.
After the episode ran, Marion wrote on a blog that Until Abortion Ends had hundreds of people sign their pro-life pledge to “always promote and protect human dignity from the moment of our beginning until our natural death, no matter the cost to myself.”
Stanek commented on her blog that with groups like Until Abortion Ends, the “pro-life baton is being passed to those who are more than able.”
“Their generation will see the end of abortion,” she concluded.