At the age of 12, C.J. Pearson has already achieved a level of prominence beyond what most Americans achieve in their entire lives. The outspoken conservative activist has amassed a loyal following on the strength of several concise, passionate videos he has released in recent months.
The reception has not been completely positive, of course. Pearson acknowledged earlier this month that he received online threats from an anonymous critic, prompting him to take a brief break from commentary.
Pearson published his latest piece as a Facebook message instead of a video. The intimate, personal account of the circumstances around his own birth were presented as a counterpoint to disturbing charges recently made against abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood.
“My mom became pregnant with me during high school,” he wrote, “and she had a tough decision to make, probably one of the toughest decisions a prospective mother could ever make.”
With little money and few prospects, Pearson said his mother had a tough decision to make.
She had two choices: have me or abort me. My mother wasn’t ready for a child. She wasn’t financially capable of raising me and she didn’t feel as if she could give me the life she thought I deserved. But, my mother saw potential in me. She saw hope in me. She saw a future in me. My mother made the decision to have me because she simply loved me. Planned Parenthood would have told her abortion was the easiest and safest decision to make, but she didn’t buy that. She felt as if my life was much more valuable than simple convenience and for that, I am eternally thankful.
His testimonial garnered a litany of supportive comments. Many, including an adoptive father and several women who were at one point in the same position as Pearson’s mother, offered their own unique voices to the discussion.
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BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.