GAP a wrap at George Mason University
We’re way behind in reporting on our continuing I-95 GAP tour! It will take weeks to catch up!
The second day of GAP at George Mason University (GMU) was a huge success. One GMU administrator told us that he had never seen so many people engaged in serious discussion as he observed on the Johnson Plaza in front of our GAP display.
Lily Bolourian, president of Patriots for Choice, was quoted in the paper as saying, “We believe that the whole notion that abortion is genocide is absolutely ludicrous.” She is, of course, correct … if the preborn child is anything less than a living human being. The problem for her side is that medical school textbooks, embryologists, and pro-choice philosophers all agree that the preborn child is a living human being. That means we are killing 1.2 million human beings every year. What else would she call it?
I had a productive (I think) discussion with Ms. Bolourian. We actually share a lot in common. We both want to live justly with our fellow man. She is just confused about who her fellow man is. We shouldn’t be too harsh in our judgment on that point; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and even George Mason himself were similarly confused. They excluded human beings on the basis of skin color. Because if it, millions of people had their lives stolen from them.
When Ms. Bolourian brought up the breast cancer link, I was able to show her the latest compilation of studies that address the link. It is true that some studies have failed to show this link to be statistically significant, but because of my background in experimental statistics (PhD minor), I could explain the difference between (a) failing to show that two populations are different at a statistically significant level and (b) actually proving that they are the same. I was able to explain that if abortion increases a woman’s chance of breast cancer from an ambient level of 10% to an after-abortion level of 13%, we can estimate that 300,000 women have died from abortion-induced breast cancer since Roe v. Wade (source).
Ms. Bolourian thanked me for the kind of dialogue we were able to have. She thought respectful dialogue to be a rare commodity between our two sides. She said that’s why they encouraged their members not to engage with us. I said, “You mean you told your people not to come and talk to me?” She admitted that she had. I replied, “Looks like you broke your own rule!” We had to laugh as we parted ways.
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