Maybe the Pro-Life Definition is Fine Just As It Is

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We read the same articles all the time. They critique the pro-life movement for not actually being pro-life, and they’re generally all written along these lines:

“You can’t be pro-life if you support capital punishment.”
“You aren’t pro-life if you don’t support universal healthcare.”

“You can’t be pro-life and also support gun ownership.”

“You can’t be pro-life if you support Executive Orders putting temporary restrictions on the immigration of refugees.”

And one new qualification I hadn’t heard before: You can’t really be pro-life unless you support the National Endowment of the Arts.

This list seems more like the outline of a political party platform, not the guidebook for ending a genocide and injustice in our country.

These arguments and articles are dangerous because they tempt us to take our eyes off our primary goal, and they distract us from the real issue at stake: the unjust taking of human life.

The mission of the pro-life movement is and always has been to save lives. 

Its mission is to serve mothers who feel cornered and trapped by abortion. Its mission is to act with compassion and love towards the victims of abortion – both mothers and unborn children. Our mission is to save lives, and not just the lives of the unborn.

An astounding 65% of women reported, after their abortions that they felt abortion was their only option.

Many women report suffering from PTSD after their abortions and we hear countless stories of women who feel coerced into abortion.

This is why we’re pro-information and pro-options for women. We want them to understand what their real options are and make informed decisions. And if 79% of post-abortive women later said they did not receive counseling on their other options, this is a BIG problem.

To really be pro-life means we’re pro-women. It means we give our time, blood, tears, and sweat to pour into the lives of people in our own communities to empower them to make life-affirming decisions. It means we stand for the defenseless among us, for the women who don’t have options, and for the women who are manipulated into making a choice they don’t want.

To really be pro-life means we put our reputations and lives on the line to protect and defend the lives of others.

To be pro-life means caring for women because we believe in protecting them from the harmful effects of abortion.

To be pro-life means protecting some of the most vulnerable in our society, the unborn.

To really be pro-life means we don’t accept the narrative that says we must choose between being pro-life and supporting a specific political agenda.

So let’s stop with the endless arguments about what it really means to be “pro-life” and start serving the women and children who are victimized by abortion.