Monday, February 9, 2009

Valuing Life

I was reading a blog post (where? I don't remember offhand) about the controversial topic of abortion. The writer was pro-life and the entry dealt with better strategies to woo the undecided. While I am ardently pro-choice, I did leave a comment that pro-choice is not synonymous with pro-abortion.

The point of this entry is not to thresh out the pro-choice and pro-life positions. There are thousands of web resources for that. That said, I would have far less issue with many in the pro-life camp IF THEY WERE CONSISTENT on the valuation of life.

In so many cases (though certainly not all), the very people who so rabidly support the "rights" of the unborn are callous toward the rights of the already born. Such individuals tend to be pro-war (if we're the ones waging it), pro-death penalty, anti-public education and anti-social safety net. So, their battle cry seems to boil down to this: We will do whatever is necessary to ensure you're born, but once you pop out, you're completely on your own and don't even think of moving in to my neighborhood!

If a person values the potential for a viable human life, then you should value the viable humans already alive. If not, what's the point?


  1. Have you checked out Sojourners? They seem to be leading the movement toward a more holistic pro-life stance.

  2. "Let all the babies be born. Then let us drown the ones we do not like."

    -G.K. Chesterton

  3. Bethlin,
    I used to be more familiar with Sojourners, but I'll check them out again.

    You leave some of the best quotes around!


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