“Although my beliefs are fairly stereotypical – I’m a conservative, Catholic pro-lifer – I don’t fit the mold when it comes to appearances. I’ve had nearly every hair color under the rainbow, and I’ll gladly walk out of the house rocking some black lipstick and combat boots; because of this, people tend to assume my beliefs fall somewhere on the opposite side of the spectrum. These assumptions used to get on my nerves, but over the past year I’ve met so many wonderful people in the pro-life community who have encouraged me to use my unconventional looks as a way to relate to those on the opposing side of the abortion debate. I hope to stand as proof that you don’t have to ‘look the part’ in order to be a pro-life activist. There shouldn’t even be a specific ‘look,’ really – anyone is capable of protecting the right to life.
I also break the mold by identifying as a fourth-wave feminist. I was not truly introduced to feminism until I came to college, and at the very beginning, I felt like there was no room for me in feminism as a pro-lifer. So many of my friends who identified as feminists were super pro-choice, and I was left feeling like being pro-life meant that I was an enemy to the current feminist movement. It wasn’t until I discovered groups like Feminists For Life, New Wave Feminists, and Life Matters Journal that I realized that feminist pro-lifers existed. Now that I know, I proudly describe myself as being both pro-life AND pro-woman. Wanting the best for women goes hand in hand with abolishing abortion, and I hope that one day everyone will understand that. Life matters, no matter what.”
– My contribution to lifemattersjournal’s #prolifeally project
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