BY ELIZABETH WONG
Lila Rose, president of Live Action, was only nine years old when she had her first encounter with abortion.
“I had heard about abortion at the dinner table when my parents were discussing politics–I heard these things, I knew they existed, but I didn’t really understand,” said the 23-year old to a packed Gentile Gallery on February 25.
Being a bit of a bookworm, Rose enjoyed going through her family’s numerous bookcases to find something to read. That was when she discovered, on the bottom bookshelf in the living room, a certain book: “A Handbook on Abortion” by Dr. and Mrs. Wilke, two long-time pro-life writers and activists.
“I pulled it out and I opened it up, and it fell to the center, where there were images,” she said. “And in shock and horror, I closed the book… but I gathered up a little bit of nine-year-old courage, opened up the book and I looked again.”
What she saw was the image of a tiny child, 10 weeks old, with newly formed arms, legs, and a face, that had been the victim of a first-trimester abortion.
“I thought, ‘is this real? is this really happening?'” she said. “I went and I found my mom in the kitchen and I showed it to her… and she said yes, that’s abortion.”
From that point on, Rose knew that she had to do something to stop abortion, but she was not sure how to start. As a high school student, she gathered like-minded friends and gave presentations to classes and youth groups. But after arriving at the University of California, Los Angeles, as a confident college freshman, she discovered that the culture of death had taken hold of the campus.
“Girls were getting pregnant (at UCLA), but there were no pregnant girls on campus. What happened to them?” she said. Staging her first-ever investigation, she walked into her university’s health center and told them she was pregnant.
The health center’s immediate response was that UCLA did not support women who were pregnant, and recommended two abortionists at the health center. The center also told her how to apply for government health insurance so that her abortion would not appear on her parents’ health insurance records.
“Where was the empowerment of the woman in this? It was completely against empowerment of me,” she said. “It was, ‘you have a choice and it’s abortion.'”
Throughout the rest of her time at UCLA, Rose went on to stage undercover investigations at actual Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the country, with the help of the growing members of the newly-founded Live Action organization.
This included investigations into Planned Parenthood deliberately hiding child sexual abuse; the discovery of Planned Parenthood clinics accepting donations to perform abortions specifically on the black population, and proof found of Planned Parenthood giving women medically inaccurate counsel.
Today, Live Action is a thriving organization dedicated to educating the public and exposing the lies spread by Planned Parenthood.
“Horrific stuff, but it’s all connected to the fact that they’re doing abortions at this clinic–should we be so surprised when they objectify the woman in that way?” she said, encouraging the audience to go out into the world and use their talents to share the message of life.
“Going out there and being willing to do something– because God will shower graces upon our prayerful willingness to get out there and take risks and do something,” she said.