Along with his mother, James Humphery has been awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington to lobby members of Congress to pass pro-abortion legislation. Incredibly, the trip is sponsored by Lutheran Brotherhood, a financial-services group in Minneapolis that funds programs for youth and families.
According to Monday's Seattle Times, Humphrey, a student at the International School in Bellevue, Wash., wrote to Rep. Jennifer Dunn, R-Wash., asking her to help permanently legalize abortion so that parents would have the right to abort unborn children that, through genetic screening, are found to have severe illnesses or disabilities.
His letter was picked out of more than 10,000 nationwide as part of a letter-writing contest that encourages young people to speak out. According to the Gaelyn Beal, a spokeswoman for Lutheran Brotherhood in Minneapolis, students wrote letters on political topics and the winners were chosen on the basis of their clarity of thought, sincerity and originality, and not on the positions they took. Some of them, she said, took pro-life positions.
Noting that the organization has received protests over their choice of Humphey as one of the winners in the letter-writing contest, Beal told NewsMax.com, "We’re very concerned that there will be a misunderstanding of our position.” She said that the choice of Humphrey in no way indicated that Lutheran Brotherhood approved of his stand on abortion, and added that she herself as a Lutheran is opposed to what he stands for.
The eighth grader told the Times his pro-abortion opinion was based on the fact that he has a severely autistic brother and recently lost a friend to a rare brain disorder. He mentioned both in his letter to Dunn.
Explaining that he has had to repeat "constantly that I don't mean my brother never should have been born - he's a great kid," Humphrey wrote. "But the only reason we're able to give him all the therapy and medication and attention he needs is because my dad is a doctor and he works long hours to make enough money for all of it. What about all those families who can't afford it, or for those who know it would be too hard? They should
have a choice."
Humphrey will be among 51 students - one from each state and the District of Columbia - to attend the 13th annual RespecTeen National Youth Forum in Washington, D.C., later this month, according to the Times. They will meet with their members of Congress and learn how best to lobby U.S. members of the House and Senate for their causes.
Dunn plans to meet with Humphrey on May 1. She wrote to him saying she would consider his opinions "should abortion legislation come before the full House of Representatives."
In defense of Lutheran Brotherhood’s choice of Humphrey, Beal told NewsMax.com that in Washington the youngster would be exposed to views on abortion that conflict with his own and thus have an opportunity to hear the other side of the story.
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