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On this 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I have a few reflections:

There’s no doubt that the Supreme Court decision was a monumental moment in history.

Since 1973, over 60 million people have died from abortion (this number does not include the mothers who lost their lives from botched surgical abortions). That’s 1/3 of our generation.

1/3 of our generation is gone. Forever. They are friendships we’ll never make, family members we’ll never meet, people we’ll never know.

This Saturday, I will march for Life with thousands of others from across Texas. My activism is not motivated by self-interests. Ever since finding out about what an abortion really involves, I couldn’t remain silent. I will march for science, for justice, and for truth. This passion has brought about some of my greatest friendships, and inspired me to pursue a full-time occupation as a pro-life advocate.

Us women are constantly fed the belief that having access to abortion will empower us and reaffirm our human dignity. The issue of abortion is reduced to simply a matter of opinion, like ice cream flavor preference. But it’s so much greater than that– this is a life-or-death human rights issue. If our liberation costs innocent lives, it’s merely oppression redistributed. Women and their preborn children are equally dignified people who deserve to be treated as humans of remarkable value.

Hundreds of preborn children will lose their lives today. That number will increase to over 6,000 by the end of the week. If we want to see a change, we must make it happen by speaking up in defense of those who can’t speak for themselves. We must approach the culture and root causes surrounding abortion with compassion and LOVE.

 

Cassie Guardiola is a sophomore Marketing major at the University of Texas.