Is Your Prolife Stance Really Pro-Life?

Is Your Prolife Stance Really Pro-Life? July 4, 2020

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One reality of our political climate in the United States is that it divides us up into identifiable camps.  While it doesn’t make for productive discussions, it does allow me to generalize without being too far off base.   So, please understand that this is only my opinion and it is also a generalization, but I don’t value my opinion so highly that I would search high and low for prooftexts or Bible verses—I simply share with you what I have observed.

Starting in the 1980s, Evangelical Christians were swept up into the Moral Majority by rallying around a single issue that they did not previously support.  Jerry Falwell at first dismissed the issue as a Catholic issue along with the Southern Baptist Convention who did not support government intervention as late as 1976[1]

Today’s reality is that one side of the political spectrum will rally around the prolife issue and politicians will solicit votes almost exclusively on that one stance.  Prolife or Pro Choice will be the line in the sand in most elections.  Accepting the baggage that comes with one side is what I want to discuss briefly.  Like I said, I know it is a generalization, but often I find generalizations to generally be true.

Just so that this does not become a mass indictment of one political party, let me just state these observations in a more passive way, so the reader can decide where they stand and hopefully not feel condemned by me or others.  Is your prolife stance really pro-life?

We live in a country of immigrants.  Unless we are Native American, we are all part of a lineage of people that traveled here from somewhere else.  Some of those were seeking better lives – some were fleeing persecution – but, one thing is sure, the United States has always been one that has at least promised to be a melting pot for all peoples.  We can’t say that we are prolife and build walls that keep desperate people out and imprison their children in cages.  It is necessary to remember our ancestors who were once in the same boat.  We can’t have compassion for a fetus and ignore children and adults literally fighting for their lives.

Recently the Black Lives Matter movement has risen to the forefront.  It challenges us to simply make this claim, realizing that black lives have not mattered for about 400 years as much as their white brothers and sisters.  Systemic racism, once we understand it, is an epidemic that we have never recovered from.  When some respond with all lives matter, to the black lives matter mantra, they minimize and deflect from the compassion of the original statement.  If we can’t have compassion on the injustice of systemic racism, it is hard to also claim that we are pro-life.  To ignore someone’s suffering is not Christ-like and it is also not pro-life.

This week, the Corona virus continued an upward trend as mass amounts of people began to travel and return to work, assuming the worst was over.  Churches began to meet, some with social distancing and some without much of a concern at all.  There is a general understanding that masks will help deter the spread of the virus.  Nurses, doctors and surgeons have practiced this standard precaution for some time.  But somehow basic PPE got all tangled up in perceived rights and our need to be comfortable.  Refusing to take general precautions to protect the vulnerable is not pro-life.  It is indeed a disregard for all other life except our own wants, desires and comfort.

Recently, I had occasion to feel some compassion for my LGBTQ friends.  As pride month draws to a close and many pride rallies were cancelled because of the Corona virus, I hope they don’t feel dismissed or ignored because of the many impending issue we face.  My experience in the church didn’t teach me to hate gay people, but it did teach me to ignore them and occasionally just denounce their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of church membership.   Passive aggressive witch hunts of gay people seems common among people that also profess to be prolife.  But condemning and, in a sense, persecuting people for their sexual orientation is not Christ-like or prolife in any way.

I’ve been told by several people this week that are involved in organized religion that their temple is a place.  They say this as they long to go back to attending church in a building.  Even though Paul understood the temple to be within us somehow and Jesus said that we wouldn’t worship in a place in the future.  He seemed to think it was more about spirit and truth.  We can’t minimize the ideas that that Kingdom of Heaven is within us without devaluing people.  We can’t say that we are prolife and then treat people more like cattle that just fill a seat in a man-made temple instead of valuing the invincible preciousness of the human soul.  We can’t put their lives in danger just to rescue an organization.  We should also realize that much trauma comes with religion, and shaming people back into attending, (without dealing with the wounds) is even less prolife.

I don’t have time to talk about how naming people as libtards, or classifying their home country as a shithole is indeed not prolife and only drives wedges between people as they classify people as other.

In our attempt to be right and certain about what we stand for, we should take care to consider whether our views are truly pro-life.  Does standing in the camp of defending a fetus often lead to defending other views that are exactly the opposite of what promotes life.

Could it be that we need to step outside the confines of political parties and religious denominations and begin thinking for ourselves?  What is important about life to me is probably important to others.  And compassion for someone unlike me might be the “Love you neighbor” secret Jesus talked about.

For me, It doesn’t take long to find my way when I get lost.  If compassion is my rudder, my ship never gets too far off course.  When love is my practice, it’s not that hard to determine what brings life to all.

Like I said, this is just my opinion and my greatest hope is that you will think for yourself!

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[1] https://www.npr.org/2019/06/20/734303135/throughline-traces-evangelicals-history-on-the-abortion-issue


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13 responses to “Is Your Prolife Stance Really Pro-Life?”

  1. My sister’s friend wants to get an abortion.
    The only trouble is, she and her husband are still trying to conceive.

  2. Money is the god of this world. There are large profits in generating dissention. Politicians and preachers are not immune.

    Pro-Life believers don’t put their money where their mouth is.

    None are advocating additional welfare programs for single mothers. People will spend thousands to adopt “alien” children, even black “alien” children but refuse to adopt black American orphans because “the mothers are all dope addicts.”

  3. If your goal was to convincingly write an article that was not ‘a mass indictment of one political party,’ then I respectfully submit you failed. Generalities do cut both ways. That being said,
    1. Yes, we can build a wall to protect the safety and security of this nation ensuring we know who enters this country so that it will remain a place where all can flee to, while simultareously being as generous as possible with entrance into this nation for those wishing to enter the country whether permanently or temporarily—and without being called racists and still steadfastly calling ourselves ‘pro-life.’
    2. Yes, we can and should reject the marxist/communist ideology (which everywhere has enslaved & killed people) of the organization Black Lives Matter as antithetical to the U. S. Constitution all the while fully embracing and supporting other ethnic groups struggle for freedom and equality under that very same Constitution—and still call ourselves ‘pro-life.’
    3. Yes, we can reject the daily confusing (they work, they don’t work, they work during protests, they don’t work at church) mask messaging of local, state, and federal mandates while practicing practical and prudent safety precautions regarding all of our neighbors and still call ourselves ‘pro-life.’
    4. Yes, we can and must embrace LGTQ people by preaching and teaching the Gospel to all people in ‘spirit and in truth’ and most especially not by denigrating LGTQ people—but, ‘in spirit and in truth’ is accomplished by adhering to the Word of God not to the fashionable understanding of the moment—and by doing so we still can be very and eternally pro-life focused.
    Respectfully,
    Brian

  4. Thank you for your opinion as it has been mine for several years. I’m afraid that the divisiveness that this country has undergone has been generated by people who don’t really care about the pro-life stance. If you are truly pro-life then you should also be against the death penalty. If you are truly pro-life you should also be against allowing poverty. I have not been a church goer for many years because of the hypocrisy of even the good people. We must become Christlike and open our arms to all God’s people. And these aren’t just the ones we think we know.

  5. Pro-Life? That’s a misnomer. I think you mean “Anti-Female Reproductive Control” rather than “Pro-Life.”
    An unplanned, unwanted pregnancy is not a gift from God, rather it’s a fact of poor planning and irresponsibility. Yeah, I AM against THAT. I do agree that the “Morning After” pill is better than abortion, as a male I really can only opine about the matter rather than substantially state anything.
    That’s the problem, basically; Males dictating to Females what their bodies are to be used for. We used to do that a lot – it was called Slavery. We got over that little glitch, we can get over this one too (crosses fingers) if we just realize that this is: One, a woman’s matter and TWO, we males are just as guilty when an undesired pregnancy happens as the female. We can just walk away from it, that’s all.

  6. I would also have pointed out in this article that people who profess to be pro-life are also, inexplicably, also often against birth control and sex education, both of which prevent unplanned pregnancies, AND are also often against any kind of public benefits that help support a family financially, like food assistance, cash assistance, childcare assistance, healthcare for all, affordable and/or subsidized housing, a living wage, and other supports that would actually help a struggling family to afford to have children or to have more children. How can you be pro-life if you oppose those things which make it possible to raise a child without falling into deep poverty, and also oppose those things which would prevent unplanned pregnancies from occurring in the first place? Someone who opposes abortion without also supporting the things that would make it possible to raise a child are pro-birth, not pro-life.

  7. The post by Brandi S. spoke the truth concisely and to the point. Most people who tout being Pro-Life are just Pro-Birth. Oh, well, they do give the mom a crib, some diapers, and a changing table. WOOPIE DOO, how does that help to raise a child until his or her 25th birthday when he or she may have finished college and have a living wage job.
    I am a retired RN and have been Pro-Choice since the 1950s, ’60s and early 70s. I worked in an OR and trust me if a woman had the money she could have an abortion. It was euphemistically called “a D & C.” which was a scraping of the uterus for “irregular menses.” However, it was an abortion.
    Today we have the two pills that, if taken in the first ten weeks gestation will cause the conceptus to be evacuated. Sadly those pills are very expensive, as are many medications thanks to the Big Pharma Lobby. Perhaps the abortion pills and other meds can be obtained from Canada at a reasonable cost.

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