Are you pro-life or just anti-abortion?
Please be honest. Be honest with yourself and with everyone else.
If you’re simply anti-abortion, then please stop calling yourself pro-life.
If you know your history, prior to Roe v. Wade, the “pro-life” movement was actually the Human Rights Movement, and was linked to the Civil Rights movement. It was, in fact, a bipartisan movement where both Democrats and Republicans worked together.
Back then, pro-life meant advocating for and preserving all life, both inside and outside of the womb.
Pro-life should mean not only advocating for and protecting the unborn where nearly one million abortions are performed each year, but it should extend to preserving all life outside of the womb as well. Greg Dill, redletterchristians.org, Aug 1, 2016
If you call yourself pro-life, are you also outraged by those seeking to destroy our enemies by resorting to a type of war that would result in thousands of innocent civilian men, women and children being killed as “collateral damage?”
If you call yourself pro-life, are you also scandalized by the suggestion we torture our enemies because it’s “the best way” to get information, ignoring it’s an affront to humanity and the integrity of the Geneva Convention, ratified by 196 countries, which establish the standards of international law for humanitarian treatment in war?
If you call yourself pro-life, are you willing to take a stand against the gun lobby who throw money and threats against stricter gun control legislation needed to prevent more unnecessary gun deaths each year, particularly by assault rifles?
If you call yourself pro-life, are you seeking to abolish the death penalty where not only innocent people are sometimes mistakenly put to death, but does nothing to rehabilitate or redeem a criminal, has proven not to deter crime and is far more costly than life imprisonment because those given the death penalty are often left to languish on death row for up to 30 years?
If you call yourself pro-life, do you welcome immigrants and refugees who, if deported, face separation from their families, deplorable living conditions or, in some cases, even death?
If you call yourself pro-life, do you honestly seek to understand, on an individual basis, men and women unlike yourself instead of categorizing and dehumanizing them as a group?
If you answered “No” to any of the above questions, I invite you to relook at your stance. Don’t change your mind on abortion, but see if there is a place in your heart for other lives, those lives outside the womb who are often ignored.
I invite you to go back to the original meaning of pro-life and re-adopt the tradition of the Human Rights Movement.
Those are the lives Jesus ministered to.
“Blessed are the peacemakers—they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
“You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.” (Matthew 5:38-39)
“You have been taught to love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you this: love your enemies. Pray for those who torment you and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44)
“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also.” (Luke 6:27-29)
How can we ignore him?
Isn’t it time we agree to advocate for all life so we can honestly call ourselves pro-life and followers of Jesus?
There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)