FOSTORIA - A pro-life speaker urged St. Wendelin Catholic School students to become a voice for unborn children during a talk Thursday.
Mike Spencer, Midwest director of training for the Life Training Institute, said he always had considered himself pro-choice until he watched the pro-life film "The Silent Scream." After the film, he made the decision to advocate for the unborn.
Spencer began his talk by outlining three questions: "What are the pre-born? What makes human beings valuable? What is our duty to the pre-born?"
He said abortion is not a complex issue; rather, it is complex psychologically for those involved.
Inanimate objects are created by outside influences, but humans are not created by outside influences; they are created within.
Spencer presented several opinions from embryologists about what constitutes a person and the differences of pro-life and pro-choice opinions.
"Just because someone or something doesn't look human, doesn't mean that it's not," Spencer said.
Since the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973, 54 million fetuses have been terminated as the result of legal abortions in America, Spencer said.
"You have to convince people that the embryo that you once were is (not any) different than the young adults you are today," Spencer said.
Spencer used the acronym of "SLED" to show there are only four differences between an embryo and a full-grown human being. Those differences are size, level of development, environment or location, and degree of dependence.
"Humans are not valued by their skin color or gender," Spencer said. "They are not valued by what they do, but by who they are."
Spencer concluded his talk with a story from the Holocaust during World War II. He said said a man named Casper Ten Boom, who was not Jewish, decided to wear the Star of David in support of his Jewish friends and neighbors. Boom and his children were taken into custody and sent to a death camp after he was accused of hiding Jewish people in his home. Boom was asked by Nazi soldiers to give up the individuals, but he declined and died in the camp, Spencer said.
"He took his holocaust seriously," Spencer said. "What about you? There is no one more targeted than the unborn. I urge you to ask yourselves where your character is headed and to be the voice for the downtrodden."
Spencer grew up in Detroit and served as a pastor for 23 years. He visits several high schools, universities and churches and pro-life events to use his voice for the pre-born, according to the release.
Spencer also spoke to the St. Wendelin Parish Thursday evening.