I grew up standing on the side of the road holding a sign that said, “Respect Life.”  I don’t remember how old I was when I started.  Maybe not old enough to understand the complexity of life or pregnancy or freedom of choice, but I was old enough to understand what abortion is.  

Each year a group from my church would attend the Life Chain.  We would hold signs with positive messages about life, not the ones that scream “Abortion is Murder.”  As we stood in the usually cold weather, praying, and standing up for our beliefs we watched as people drove by and honked, waved, gave thumbs up, yelled, flipped us off, and shouted obscenities.  

Browsing my Twitter today I noticed the hashtag #IfAbortionIsntMurderThenWhy.  One of the people I’m following had retweeted “Why is this even trending?”  So I thought it would be people saying ridiculous things, but when I looked I liked what I found.

Some of the posts were “#IfAbortionIsntMurderThenWhy… “do doctors have to kill it,” “a miscarriage mean the baby died,” and my personal favorite which started this “I think we should get something trending that’s actually relevant like #IfAbortionIsntMurderThenWhy or something like that. Anyone with me??”

So to answer the question “Why is this even trending?” It’s trending because it’s important and people care enough to stand up for their beliefs. Gay marriage and abortion have been popular topics in today’s political world. People are no longer thinking about what is right, what is humane, and they certainly aren’t chanting “What would Jesus do?” Instead it has become all about freedom of choice.