Lately, I’ve been searching through pro-life/abolitionist groups on Facebook and reporting any photos of bloody/dismembered fetuses. Why? Mostly to annoy anti-abortion supporters by getting their photos slapped with a warning of graphic content. Sounds petty, I know, but being a dick on Facebook is nothing compared to anti-abortion protesters of varying degrees of wrath and confrontation parading outside women’s healthcare clinics and abortion providers to stalk and harass women.
Before realizing that Wisconsin Right to Life is the type of pro-life group that doesn’t use graphic imagery, I came across this photo from July 14, 2016:
I never thought I’d be discussing Pokémon in relation to a pro-life group considering that the series has been put on blast by Christian conservatives since its debut. Yet, here we are.
Perhaps WRTL inserted the Pokémon mascot into their propaganda in order to appeal to teenagers and young adults, but it’s laughable they would even consider using Pokémon GO in their pro-life propaganda due to one major aspect of the game: Pokémon transferring.
Let’s say I catch a Pikachu. What happens if I realize I don’t have the time, space, resources, and/or desire to train a Pikachu (or another Pikachu if I already have one or more)? What if I ended up with the Pikachu because someone took my phone and played around with my Pokémon GO app without my consent? What if an assessment reveals low IV stats and the Pikachu won’t be able to battle like all the normal, healthy Pikachus?? I can Transfer it. That means, I get rid of it. And easily! I don’t have opinionated Arceus zealots outside PokeStops telling me if I didn’t want that Pikachu I should have kept my storage bag closed and not thrown any Pokémon Balls. There was never an underground channel of Nurse Joys willing to risk prison to help female trainers illegally Transfer their unwanted Pokémon before Transferring was legalized. Gym Leaders aren’t making rules to limit access to Pokémon Transferring. The game only asks me if I’m sure I want to transfer that Pokémon and, if I choose “yes”, it takes away the unwanted Pikachu forever and I get a Pikachu Candy.
Maybe it’s not such a good idea for a pro-life group to reference a video game where you can easily get rid of living creatures for being an inconvenience or conflicting with your avatar’s lifestyle.
But wait! It gets worse!
Where does the Pokémon Candy you get after transferring the Pokémon come from? No one really knows, but some theorize (and joke) that the Candy is the result of KILLING the Pokémon you just transferred and being made into Candy. Candies are used to raise Combat Power. If these power-ups are truly made with transferred Pokémon, then we have an in-game equivalent of using aborted fetuses for stem cell research and making vaccines.
MAYBE it’s not such a good idea for a pro-life group to reference a video game where you can easily get rid of living creatures for being an inconvenience or conflicting with your avatar’s lifestyle…which then may be killed to make strengthening sweets.