In lieu of the March for Life on Friday, we asked some of our staff members what being “pro-life” means to them.
“Being pro-life is more than just a moral obligation for me. It is a fight that we have to take into the public policy arena to ensure that we have a government that respects a moral majority, prevents a continued practice of eugenics, and promotes access to life-respecting pregnancy options.” -Michael McGrady, Contributor
“The term “Pro-Life” refers to the single most sacred right a human being can have – even before we have Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Assembly, and all the other freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights – we have the right to live and breathe. While a vast majority of social issues are rather insignificant in comparison to the economy and foreign policy, the matter of abortion is imperative to who we are as a nation and a culture. A society is best defined by how it treats its most vulnerable – the homeless, the sick, the elderly, the veterans…and yes, the unborn. As Ben Shapiro once said, reducing a person to a status that’s less than a human being is the ultimate justification for unspeakable evil. It was the same tactic that the Nazis used to execute millions of Jews. It was the same tactic that slave-owners used to justify slavery. And it is the same tactic that the “pro-choice” lobby uses to justify the murder of millions of unborn babies. Now, more than ever, in these truly unique, unusual, and historic times, we must fight for change on this crucial issue and win the war for the unborn once and for all.” -Eric Lendrum, Contributor
“Pro-life has lost its political nature to me over the past few years. I used to be convinced that the proper avenue for change was enforcing anti-abortion laws, but now I’m not so sure. If anything, the pro-life question has become a human (and personal) issue for me. That humanness has complicated the issue for me; you have humans on both sides of the issue, both with good intentions. Personally, I would never encourage anyone to have an abortion (except if the pregnancy threatened their life), nor would I abort one of my own children. But, I’ve come to realize that abortion as a heart issue. It’s about the person contemplating why or why not to get an abortion. It’s about their inner and outer struggles, their fears, their social surroundings, their family, and on and on. I don’t support legal restrictions on abortion because I have little faith in them to make things better. I have faith in convincing person by person why it’s wrong, or at least why it’s not the best option. Politicizing the issue, as both sides have done, has only made it worse. We’ve forgotten the people for the sake of the narrative.” -John-Pierre Maeli. Managing Editor
“What may set me aside from the other entries in this piece is that I’m actually pro-choice. The other side of that coin however, is that I’m not pro-abortion either. Not too long ago the mantra of pro-choice advocates was “safe, legal and rare”, arguing for the legality of abortion while at least tacitly acknowledging that the deliberate destruction of human offspring isn’t a moral or social good which is a reasonable enough point of moderation at least to me. At some point that gave way to the pro-abortion ethos of “free, on demand, without apology” and “shout your abortion” culminating in figures like Lena Dunham saying she wished she’d had one as though abortion were an inspirational lifestyle choice, a political litmus test, or the chief sacrament of feminist ideologies instead of the destruction of a potential human life which many are understandably squeamish about. As someone who is pro-choice, even I find this, I’m tempted to call a nihilistic, self-absorbed celebration of such destruction, repulsively dark and macabre to the degree that it makes me question my stance if this is the direction the pro-choice movement it’s going, as if to say “maybe this isn’t so good for us after all.” It’s easy to be glib, snarky and smug about this, but it’s also why the pro-choice side may ultimately lose because too many of them blow the cultural argument trying to be the next Samantha Bee or Lena Dunham.” -Jacob Santillan, Contributor
“Every time I look at the words “pro-choice,” I stop and think what it really means; if it’s really a choice, why does it have to end with the termination of another living being? In spite of being a libertarian, this is one of the few issues I’ll just have to disagree with other mainstream libertarians these days, which places me more in common with conservatives. It’s fine with me, for I have always viewed the act of abortion as a vile act that isn’t granted by the United States Constitution. It’s hardly a right when it requires you to degrade another individual at your own expense, for whatever reason; you’re still killing another individual in the end. It can be argued that the moniker “pro-life” can be extended to issues such as euthanasia, war, and capital punishment. Personally, calling myself “pro-life” is just another way to describe myself as “anti-abortion” because I have mixed views on war, euthanasia, and capital punishment in general–those acts require a living human being, not a fetus. Being pro-life also means that you’re willing to lend a hand to those who genuinely need you to take care of their offspring, regardless of what your critics will say–after all, there’s really no need to talk down to them when they are interested in aiding you, without government getting involved into it. It would work in a perfect world, but I don’t think I’ll ever see myself implicitly supporting an act that does harm to both the woman and the fetus.” -Roberto Chamorro, Contributor
“I was born prematurely, well within the window that many believe a woman should be allowed to terminate a pregnancy. I survived. I am the pro-life generation. I always say that if an unborn child does not have the right to life, then all other rights are an illusion. They don’t matter. They don’t exist. Their position in our society is irrelevant. If we do not stand for the right of the defenseless to have life, then what do we stand for? A woman’s right to choose? That choice does not outweigh another’s right to life. It just doesn’t. Such a decision should occur before a pregnancy begins, not after. A woman does not get to decide if her child lives or dies. Such a decision is contrary to the very essence of humanity that we hold dear. As Alice Paul once said, “Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.” Abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood lie to women. They deceive them into believing that such a heartbreaking decision is their only option. It’s a convenient lie for them to spread and believe, and it works.” -Autumn Price, Editor-in-Chief