It's a lesson we should have learned when we were children, taught to us by that sage philosopher, Horton the elephant:
"A person's a person, no matter how small."
In my opinion, so much of the debate about pro-life versus pro-choice misses that point. Many of those I hear yammering about being “pro-life” are not; they are merely pro-birth. (Or, they are grandstanding for political positions.)
Once the baby born…then what?
Are they still...a person?
I’m aware that this argument usually revolves around when life begin—at conception or at birth, and I won't argue that issue, though I do have my own opinion. When I tell you that I’m "pro-life," I am not putting that in antithesis of being “pro-choice.” I’m saying that I believe life is precious, and that life is lived after the delivery.
I am Pro-Life, and I believe:
- If a child is born sick or disabled, they should have excellent and affordable medical care.
- Once born, the child should not be judged because of the color of their skin, the religion of their parents or the country of their origin. If the child does not have parents, they can be adopted by someone who wants them and will love them, regardless of the sexual orientation of the parent(s).
- After the child is born, they should be given the best education possible so they can thrive and reach their full potential. They should be taught reading, writing, spelling and grammar. They should also learn science, not religious speculation or Sunday School stories. And history, including the history about our wonderful country. Those lessons should include the diverse heritage of all the people and cultures who worked to make American a reality. They should be told the good stuff and the bad stuff. They should be taught about the documents that founded our country—the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The emphasis should be on teaching them to think outside school, not worrying about whether they pray in school.
- As the child grows, if they are homosexual, they will be loved and accepted, not condemned, excluded and bullied. They won't be made to feel they're a mistake or less than other children. They will not be rejected by their parents and tossed out like unwanted garbage. If they profess a faith, they will not be ostracized by the very organizations that are supposed to support and nurture that faith. They will not be told that the God of their faith is not pleased with them. Throughout their life, they should be protected from programs that promise to change what is unchangeable or fix what is not broken. They will be treated equally in all things and in all aspects of life, including the right to marry the person they love. They will be celebrated for who they are, rewarded for their contributions and they will be given all the rights required to become a part of society.
Yes, I am Pro-Life, and for me that means:
- I do not support the death penalty.
- I oppose war.
- Poverty, hunger and homeless are the abominations. So is ignoring them. (People should not be forced to choose between buying medicine and buying groceries.)
- Everyone needs access to quality healthcare that doesn’t bankrupt them in case of a serious illness or injury, and doesn't refuse them in their time of need.
- The planet—our life-home—is fragile and must be protected.
- Limit access to guns, and make gun laws strict. And enforce them!
- Workers make a livable, equitable wage. (And companies do not have a say in how employees live their lives outside of work. I do not believe that employers should be treated as religious organizations nor should corporations be seen as people!)
- Senior adults are treated with dignity, and not tossed aside and abandoned as a burden.
I am PRO life.
"A person's a person, no matter..."
I believe every person’s life should be respected.
I believe in Life...after birth!
What do YOU mean by “Pro-Life?”