Let me save people some time. If, despite all of the facts, you still believe that before birth a fetus is just a clump of cells that are part of the mother's body with which she can do whatever she likes, you can stop reading because nothing I say after this is relevant to you. You must a) be ignorant of scientific facts or b) willfully adhere to a political persuasion that is impervious to reason. I wish you well and I hope you have a change of heart in the future.
This blog is for people who understand in a perfect world there would be no abortions because you know that a human life is being killed. The only thing is we do not live in perfect world and there are different opinions on how life should be protected.
With the Women's March closely followed by the March for Life, social media is aflame with nonstop discussions on the concept of being #ProLife. Here are two memes that have many similar replicates in cyber space that I have seen making the rounds.
The first meme would be the calling card for those who feel that people who are "obsessed" with ending abortion should care more about children who have already been born. They would also include helping poor mothers with children, family leave laws, refugee help, etc. The basic gripe being that the Republican party has a pro-life stance in its platform but also historically does not directly address the life issues mentioned above. All points merit attention.
The second meme would be the philosophical position of people who understand abortion as a marginalization of human life, even if not seen. The failure of a society to recognize the injustice of killing innocent life is front and foremost in the minds of those who would circulate these meme. The connections are haunting and relevant.
It has been very disheartening reading the vitriolic interplay between people who may likely be allies against the Enemy if we only put aside our petty differences and stopped yelling past each other.
Both sides are calling each other out for not being Pro-Life enough. So I decided to blow the argument apart and refer to an individual that was MORE Pro-Life than you, or me. Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Except for secular humanist lunatics like Christopher Hitchens, who infamously referred to Mother as "a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud," she is almost universally regarded as a person who encompassed both parts of the Pro-Life cause. She clearly lived her life in service to the poor, often women and children, inspiring millions with her missionary work. She extolled the importance of loving the poor as if Jesus was the one receiving your love. She picked up the dying from filthy streets to give them the dignity they deserved as human beings before they breathed their last.
She also understood the threat that abortion was to society. She eloquently explained that any country that believes that a mother should have the right to kill her child exists in abject moral poverty that will lead to all other social disasters that result from that ill. The question "And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?" There is no response to this. Abortion is like cancer. It is an unseen killer. You do not see its effects until the sickness spreads into other parts of the body and wreaks untold havoc on the whole person.
Mother Teresa was completely Pro-life. She sacrificed her life for the poor. She proclaimed justice for the unborn. There are not two Pro-Lifes. There is only one. We cannot all live Mother Teresa's life but we are called to try. The Saints inspire us and need to follow. I will leave you with the ending of Saint Teresa's Nobel Speech. I can't do the subject any better justice.