An opinion article written by "Kate in Greensborough" from the Newsvine website. So what are you? Pro-life or Pro-choice? Thought it was an interesting distinction. Argue away!
A man was murdered in a house of worship yesterday. Some people want to excuse it or justify it because the man performed a legal medical procedure that some disapprove of because the procedure violates their moral and/or religious beliefs.
I can understand how they feel to some extent.
I am a woman. I am a mother. I've been pregnant twice in my life. I've given birth to two healthy baby boys. I've been very fortunate: Both pregnancies happened when I wanted to be pregnant. I had no fertility problems, I had no unplanned pregnancies. I was very lucky.
That isn't the way it works for all women and I understand that, too. I held a friend's hand while she waited for the results of a pregnancy test when she was 17 and scared to death of how her parents would react if she was pregnant. I cried with another friend when she got the news that her third round of in-vitro had failed.
I believe babies are a precious gift and a blessing to a family that wants them.
I believe birth control is the responsibility of every sexually active person who is capable of becoming pregnant or impregnating.
I also believe a woman's body is her own and decisions that affect her body should be between her and her physician.
What I cannot understand, however, is how anyone can call themselves "pro-life" and silently welcome or applaud or justify the murder of another human being.
I think it's time to get honest, and more precise, with the terminology we use. I propose "Pro-Birth" instead of "Pro-Life." What good is it for every pregnancy to lead to birth if there's no meaningful life after birth?
I believe people who were truly Pro-Life would support life at all stages, not just up to and including birth. I believe pro-life people would support children who needed safe places to live and to play and to learn, real education to prevent teen pregnancy instead of "just say no" which has been such a dismal failure and led to so many abortions, they would support programs that supported a culture of life instead of a culture of blame, failure, anger and more blame.
If you're pro-life, support life, all life, especially that life which has already been born. If all you really care about is birth, at least be honest and call yourself pro-birth.