What The Pro-Choice And Pro-Life Miss About Simone Biles

Simone Biles has value not because she is a young woman inspiring the world or because she is a world champion gymnast who was adopted as a child, but because she is Simone.

No amounts of tweets or praise can change the fact, however, that the young woman Americans have fallen in love with on their television screens would not be here if her mother had chosen abortion. That’s the thought abortion supporters never want to ponder … What if? Because if we allow the human life to continue to grow inside the womb, that life will develop and become someone we cannot so easily dismiss. What if we didn’t chose abortion? Who would that baby have become?

 

As Simone Biles was clinching yet another gold medal in Rio, people on both sides of the abortion debate were pointing to her achievements and background as a justification for their position.

But both miss out on a very important fact: Simone Biles has value not because she is a young woman inspiring the world or because she is a world champion gymnast who was adopted as a child. Simone has value simply because she is Simone.

Feminist icon?

As with virtually every other public organization, Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the U.S., tried to tie themselves with successful Olympic athletes.

That tweet linked to a story focused on female American athletes who looked to capture medals and attention at the Rio 2016 games, including Biles and her women’s gymnastic teammates.

But the unfortunate reality is that the situation of Simone Biles’ birth mother is exactly the type that causes many women to go to Planned Parenthood and seek an abortion.

From a Texas Monthly profile on her:

Biles was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1997 to drug-addicted parents who struggled to care for their children. Biles and her three siblings were shuffled back and forth between their mother’s house and a foster home. (Biles’s father had abandoned her mother and was never present in his daughter’s life.) When I asked her what memories she has from those days, Biles recalled that one of the foster homes had a trampoline that she and her siblings weren’t allowed to play on.

While Planned Parenthood may celebrate her as a role model for American women now, it is undeniable that had her biological mother walked into a clinic pregnant with Simone the workers would have advised her to abort the baby.

It is not fair to say, as some pro-life individuals did, “if Planned Parenthood had their way Simone Biles would have never made it to Rio.”

While the abortion provider has a clear profit motivation to encourage women entering their clinics to pursue abortion (and their founder has a troubling history concerning race), Planned Parenthood is not patrolling the streets rounding up pregnant women who they can force into abortions.

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