Juniors and Seniors Attend Moving Speech
Graham McFarland ‘19
On their first Wednesday back from winter break, Strake Jesuit juniors and seniors attended a pro-life speech from Megan Almon in the Parsley Center to learn more about the topic of abortion and the argument against it.
A former All-SEC gymnast at University of Georgia, Almon spoke as a representative of the Life Training Institute.
Almon put heavy emphasis on truth – what is moral truth, what is subjectively true, and what is objectively true? Almon explained that subjective truth is based on personal preference, and its validity changes from person to person. However, she claimed objective truth is equally valid to all people and is discovered rather than posited. She says that our culture believes religious and moral claims are subjective truths, but Almon argued that they are objective truths, meaning they are factual and cannot be debated. The crux of Almon’s argument revolves around the idea that there is “no difference between near human beings and human beings […] There is not one form of human life that is inherently more valuable than another, more deserving of life than another.”
Megan Almon raised a difficult question: When does life begin for a human? She, as well as the Catholic Church, argues that life begins at conception, as soon as the egg is fertilized. Almon claimed that human life develops itself from within, and missing a body part does not make a fetus less human. Someone is still human, even if they are missing their arm. She created a dichotomy between “property things,” such as cars or other objects which can be taken apart and stripped of their identity, and “substance things,” such as humans, which will keep their identity as a human even if it is taken apart.
Almon emphasized her message through powerful images of aborted fetuses to show the horrors of abortion. She then compared abortion to the tragedy of Emmett Till, a young African-American who was brutally maimed and killed by a white mob for supposedly winking at a girl. Almon used this story as a historical example of a type of person’s life being arbitrarily undervalued and ended, which she related to killing a fetus.
Almon’s speech was thought-provoking and sparked discussion among many students afterward from both ends of the political spectrum.