Well I wouldn't say brainwashed but definitely not exposed to the reality of life and its not so picture perfect glory. Every pro-life adult I know around my age is pro-life because they come from a very privileged, under exposed and Christian lifestyle. That is what I would imagine 80% of those protesters are, they have no idea what it is like outside their world and that abortion is not an easy option.
Quoting The Doctor:" Personally I think a lot of your whole world view, whether about abortion or not, is shaped by your family ... [snip!] ... views very seriously. I can at least have some respect if the view was come to by someone's own experiences and soul searching."
That's a good point. Most do follow what their family tells them or does themselves. My family never really talked about religion, pro-life, pro-choice and what not. Good and a bad thing as I also didn't get sex talk until I was moving in with my now husband at the age of 24. :P
Quoting apple jax:" Last year at the age of 19 I became pregnant and I knew I had a choice to make, but honestly I never ... [snip!] ... at that age to know your prolife. Looking back now I know I made the right decision and would make it again in a heaetbeat."
That was YOUR decision though. At least the option was there. Being pro-life means you dont want anyone to have that choice.
Quoting Back to Noob Status:" I think anyone who takes a prolife stance is brainwashed, regardless of their age."
Everybody I know who is prolife has an extremely emotionally charged PERSONAL story as to why they are pro-life. They never think in terms of all women from all different situations.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Man. Bear. Pig.:</b>" As a whole, yes. That's my opinion. I think that until you have real world experience with a situation, ... [snip!] ... told. And going against one's religion kind of makes them an outcast. ETA- not JUST on abortion... about most adult topics."</blockquote>
I know more people that are against abortion sans religion than I know people who are pro life BECAUSE of their religion.
The actual act of abortion can be a solid reason to be pro life, religion or no.
Quoting Love = Moco and Bubba:" I have been pro-choice since I first heard about abortion. My junior year in high school I did a research ... [snip!] ... I believe someone at 20 years old can fully believe in their choice. I have been firmly rooted in my belief since I was 15. "
I would be very interested to see the source material you used for that paper during high school. There is a lot of misinformation out there about abortion.
It really depends on the person. Some people at age 20 are quite mature and are fully capable of understanding and making their own choices, while others might as well be f**king 12.
I'm 19 & I fully have a grasp on the situation & options. I personally could never get an abortion. But that's just me. Parenting is not for everyone, I get that. Therefor, I would never judge someone for choosing to have an abortion.
Quoting Man. Bear. Pig.:" What personal stories?"
For example, one of my friends is pro-life because she suffers from infertitlity and was never able to carry a child herself. Another is prolife because she made the choice not to abort her severely disabled son whom died a short time after birth.
I think you can be a teenager and still have fully thought out and well developed opinions.
But truthfully, when I was a young teen and pro-life I had a "me centered" approach. It was all about how *I* felt and what *I* wanted to do and how *I* thought the "babies" were too precious to be aborted...I'm so glad I grew out of the phase quick.
When I was 17 or 18, I did a paper on being pro-life (except in rape and medical necessity). I did research and what not to support my stance, as well as the pshycological affects of an abortion. I was not willing to change my stance either. However, when I was faced with that decision in my life, my stance changed. After my first pregnancy, I learned a lot about conception. I wouldn't want another abortion, but I don't think it's right to make that decision for another woman.
These children do not understand the multiple situations in life that occur for other women, I assume they are too young to understand. I would assume that they are close-minded and judgemental, but that's just an assumption.