Teen Mom's Catelynn Lowell was in the unique position of being the MTV series' only "teen mom" who had given up her child for adoption. And given her personal history, it's not exactly surprising to hear that she has strong anti-abortion views. But it is kind of random that she's been tweeting about them, posting Instagram pics that state, "Choose life ... Your mother did!" and announcing she doesn't believe in abortion EVER, even in cases of rape. Or maybe not, considering the fact that she and fiance Tyler Baltierra are on a tour "discussing unplanned pregnancy, today’s adoption, and other issues facing young adults and teens" sponsored by Bethany Christian Services.
In other words, there's only going to be one option "discussed" on this tour, and that's adoption -- a fab choice for some pregnant women, but not for all.
Unsurprisingly, bringing up this sensitive subject on Twitter has earned her some praise -- and also some serious backlash. For instance, one of her followers challenged her on it, leading her to defend her extreme position of opposing a pregnancy termination even in cases of rape:
I've meet many adopted children that come from experiences like that. Just b/c there dad was messed up they can't live?
And after a fan pointed out that a raped mother's mental health may damage the baby, she replied:
that's a poor excuse to kill a innocent child..
Whoa nelly. Maybe it has to do with no longer starring on the MTV show that made her famous, but guess Catelynn's not afraid to get seriously divisive at this point.
Well, she's entitled to their views, but personally, one thing I've never understood about anti-abortion advocates is their push to make others believe what they believe and follow their lead. What business is it of Catelynn and Tyler's if another couple wants to have an abortion or consider adoption? Obviously, the latter was the right choice for them -- but it's not necessarily the right choice in the case of every unplanned pregnancy.
Good for Catelynn for feeling empowered to get out there and talk about her personal experience and inform young people about adoption as an option. But unfortunately, selling it as the ONLY option does the same young people a complete disservice. Mostly because they're assuming that other people's personal experiences reflect and will be just like their own. And that's utterly unrealistic and narrowminded.
That said, I appreciate that she broached the topic on Twitter. As long as there's healthy debate on the contentious topic, maybe her fans and followers will be getting both sides of the story so they can make an educated decision about their health and their pregnancy that suits their own very individual circumstances.
How do you feel about Catelynn broadcasting her abortion views?
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