Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Pro Life Movement

The argument about abortions has been an intense topic of discussion, even since before the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court Case that changed laws about abortion to our current regulations. The main goals of the Pro Life Movement are to restrict access so safe procedural abortions in high hopes of terminating the act all together.
The act is primarily pathos, because Pro Life supporters persuade their audience by use pity and sadness to drive their movement. An example of how these supporters use pathos is the signs an
d social media posts that they produce. These graphic images and harsh references to mothers being “murderers” are not a new trend – I can remember riding in the car on my way to middle school seeing graphic images printed on large poster boards in front of my home town’s local abortion clinic. Their purpose is for you to see what an aborted child looks like, and to make you feel guilt because you can distinctly identify human features on the child that a trained professional executed.
                  The social media posts related with this movement all have a negative connotation attached to them, because they are very forward and sometimes demeaning. Buzz Feed recently released a YouTube video that basically exposed Planned Parenthood, a well-known provider of “high quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education”, of which Pro Life supporters are against, because “80 percent of their patients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancies”, a.k.a. medicinal abortions. In said video, a Buzz Feed team called over 30 Planned Parenthood locations and basically asked if they could receive an abortion at one of their local clinics, and employees at every location except for 3 responded that they do not exercise those practices. (So basically, either Planned Parenthood is trying
to market their business and raise their income by selling scared mothers on abortion, or the Pro Life people just needed someone new to pick on). Buzz Feed has since deleted their video exposing Planned Parenthood from the internet because of the negative connotations they are being associated and articles being written about them for even “taking a side” on the topic of abortion. This is just one example of thousands that show that whether you post about supporting or rejecting the movement, people are going to get agitated.
Rhetoric associated with the Pro Life movement as stated previously has a negative connotation that makes it almost as uncomfortable to talk about as Sir Donald Trump becoming our newly elected President. It also makes people feel like there are a large amount of Americans that support the movement because of how much it is posted about, which shames you in to wanting to support it too, however studies show that the majority of U.S. citizens actually believe that Roe vs. Wade should not be overturned.
All of these fragments of the situation show that the rhetoric used along with the Pro Life Movement persuades peoples thoughts and opinions on the matter instead of coercing them, because they are making us feel guilt for not supporting the movement by making us feel like “child murderers” instead of people with a personal choice.

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