We have an evangelical protestant pro-life group come to our school at least once a year. They stand just on our school property line and show large posters depicting in graphic detail the products of abortion.
It is my belief these images do more harm than good.
In dealing with teenagers you need to remember their developmental stage.
I find the posters offensive and inappropriate.
As the chaplain of the school I have discussed these issues with the group but they refuse to budge.
I have counselled a couple of students who were pregnant and who were considering abortion. One had the abortion against her will because her parents pressured her. She was suicidal and attempted suicide, in which I intervened and rode in the back of a police car with her to emergency. These posters would not have stopped her. The pressures were too great.
This girl was also in my religion class and continued to attend my classes. She continues to progress and become stronger and more her own person.
For the rest of the school the posters and the rather militant evangelicals who held them, posed a challenge to the students who acted out of their usual mild Canadian character and were quite angry and confrontational in their responses.
We deal with abortion in the Religion classes. We don;t need protestant fundamentalists doing our job (badly) for us.
A video I find very helpful is this:
Abortion is not mentioned at all: but the absolute wonder and awe of the developing child is shown in minute detail. After this video many of the pro-abortion arguments that kids try out are totally blown away.
BTW the best way stop teen abortion is 1. stop teen pregnancy, 2. get to the teen’s family if the teen is pregnant.