Years ago during a meeting with my pastor I was shocked when he asked me if I was pro-life. I knew what he meant was are you anti-abortion so on that level I wasn’t really surprised. But the question really bothered me because I was a foster parent who spent much of my free time serving teen mothers, married to a man who’s recent journey with Jesus into Scripture had led him to take a pacifist stance. Wasn’t this pro-life activity in our lives revealing of a deeper pro-life ethic?
So yeah, if you are asking will I #marchforlife or protest abortion clinics or work to outlaw abortion, the answer is a firm and hearty NO. But if you are really asking am I pro-life, then YES. 100% as much as I know and can be YES. Here is what that fully pro-life ethic looks like for me:
I am pro refugee and immigrant. I am pro bridges and tables, anti walls and bans.
I am pro access to healthcare that is affordable especially for women, children, and vulnerable populations.
I am pro free and accessible birth control. I am pro teaching a healthy and holistic sexuality that doesn’t impose my Christian worldview on others. God is interested in all parts of our lives, including our sexuality, but our hearts must belong to God first.
I am pro supporting not demonizing women who chose to give birth. I am pro supporting and not demonizing women who chose abortion.
I am pro foster care. I am pro adoption. I am pro reunification.
I am pro inmate and anti death penalty.
I am pro environment. Our earth sustains our life. We are nothing without her.
I am pro LGBTQ and anti policies that increase suicides.
I am pro peace and anti war and anti torture.
I am pro women and anti rape culture.
I am pro social services and non profits and churches that work to give dignity and hope to the homeless, mentally ill, convict, immigrant, poor, lonely. I am pro life and economic empowerment and firmly anti poverty.
I am pro Black Lives Matter and pro justice work that seeks to educate and rectify the systems that perpetuate racism.
I am pro gun sense legislation.
I am pro freedom and anti trafficking.
I know that there is still work to do in me and I am grateful to the kindness and gentleness of the Holy Spirit revealing areas that my pro life ethic isn’t fully embraced. I am far from perfect or righteous and I get angry at the hypocrisy I see in a movement labeled “pro life” but that doesn’t seem to embrace that ethic outside the womb.
So today and every day I stand for LIFE. All life.
What about you? Do you have a pro life ethic that includes more than being anti-abortion? What pro life areas did I miss?