Screencap of “Stop Abortion, Kill Sluts!” Facebook Group
It has become commonplace for pro-life web sites and blogs to insert a disclaimer of sorts which states that pro-life activists don’t condone violence, as though they attempt to distance themselves from convicted murderers like Scott Roeder. But I think that having such a proclamation in the first place is rather telling. There are radical elements in every movement of course, yet it is richly ironic than at times certain pro-lifers decided that it is their right, even duty, to take away what they profess to guard: life.
Some pro-lifers have argued that killing of abortion provides can be classified as justifiable homicide. In a recent book that I read, The Abortion Controversy, Chuck Spingola, a minister and a travelling pro-life crusader, writes that “Dead abortionists don’t kill babies, and a fire bombed death camp can no longer facilitate the holocaust against them.”
I suppose then I wasn’t really surprised that when I logged into Facebook yesterday and noticed that Antonia Zerbisias posted a link to a group named “Stop abortion, kill sluts,” which has already been taken down. Before that happened, however, almost 650 users joined the group. Some did it because they wanted to write on the wall and enlighten the admin on the subject.
At first, I thought that this group was just a bad joke. It was created by a teenaged
girl, named Alicia Marie Morrison who uploaded edited pictures of herself and was asking those who joined the group to add her as a friend. But later she also professed that this was a real cause and telling those who disagreed (they were numerous) to “stop hating” on her page.
(Yes, I have screencaps of the rest).
For the record, I don’t believe that pro-lifers generally agree with the principles that this group espouses. I also don’t think that this is the way in which they recruit young people. I’m sure some of them think that women who have sex and/or abortions are sluts, but this passionate young person is clearly misguided in her tasteless “twist” on slut shaming. Or maybe she just can’t get laid and she is “hating on” those women who can.
However, Morrison’s idea isn’t very original. The blogger at End Clinic Harassment was able to find three other groups devoted to the same cause: