College students support '4th trimester' abortions

Monday, July 29, 2013
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One pro-lifer believes a recent video project on "fourth-trimester" abortions suggests young people on college campuses need to be educated on the subject.

Dan Joseph of the Media Research Center went to the Fairfax, Virginia, campus of George Mason University, asking students to sign the petition to make fourth-trimester abortions legal. In one excerpt, he tells a female student: "We believe it's a woman's right to choose, and men in Washington ... do not get to make the rules about what a woman can do with her body and with her baby." The student agrees.

The problem is there is no fourth trimester in a pregnancy. That means Joseph is talking about a child who has been born and is in the first three months of his or her life.

Hawkins, Kristan (Students for Life)Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, tells OneNewsNow the video shows the need for education.

"It was pretty interesting to watch the video. It shows that there's a vast need for education on college campuses about this issue," she states. "I don't actually think most of them understood what they were signing when they signed the piece of paper."

Hawkins has had the same experience on campuses getting students to sign a petition to allow a Students for Life chapter on campus.

"We have people who have no idea what we're talking about who go ahead and sign up simply because they saw somebody else sign up," the pro-lifer relays. "So I would really like to go back to each of those people and ask them, 'Did you understand this is what you were signing for when you signed up?'"

She adds that viewing the video was a teaching moment for her organization, which strives to educate young people that abortion takes the life of a preborn human being.

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