I Know You Know This


You can’t be pro-life if you’re for capital punishment.*

You can’t be pro-life if you want to cut food assistance for poor kids.

You can’t be pro-life if you oppose medical help for poor people.

You can’t be pro-life if you want to eliminate Social Security or Medicare and let our seniors suffer in poverty – the way they used to before those programs.

You can’t be pro-life if you’re careless about the lives of at-risk pregnant women.

You can’t be pro-life if you are against the ACA that brought healthcare to over 18 million people.

You can’t be pro-life if you oppose masks and Covid vaccinations.

You can’t be pro-life if you walk past the homeless as if they aren’t there.

You can’t be pro-life if you oppose sex education and pregnancy prevention programs.

You can’t be pro-life if you oppose the very things that are pro-life.

If your pro-life caring doesn’t include these things, the truth is that your caring for the lives of people stops at the moment of their birth. Call yourself pro-fetus, if you like.

Nobody likes abortions. They are saturated with angst, with torment and with self-doubt. Nevertheless, we have never been without abortions. Before Roe they were commonly masked from society, as wealthy women were quietly helped by their doctors and poor women got mistreated in back alley hell holes. Roe put a 50-year halt to hell hole mistreatment. Reversing Roe won’t end abortions. It will just change the venue and produce suffering and dying women.

One option for us is to put aside our duplicity. That would be refreshing.

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* For every nine people who have been executed in the U.S., one person on death row has been proven innocent and released. Most of the rest were represented by inadequate legal counsel.

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  1. David L. Lindgren Reply

    Within your definitions, it sounds like you are also a more true Pro-Life. I am too. But when political and judicial decisions intervene, then it becomes complicated. I advocate that we get rid of the “death penalty.” Not only the data is supporting of a percent who are innocent. So then we are “killing” an innocent person.

    And it’s the same with abortion. Innocent babies are killed through abortion. The latest statistic I read was 1 in 5 fetuses could have been born live if not for an abortion. There needs to be a medically/scientifically agreed on cut-off with no abortions after a certain month. Perhaps Texas could have been on the right track. Not sue that what was it 6 weeks was the cut off.

    I have had person experiences with abortion. My girl friend in Toronto years ago who was pregnant by another man had a 6-month abortion that clearly killed the baby. And then my granddaughter, Savannah, was born at 6 months. And Paula of the Roe case is alive due to the mother allowing her birth. And my daughter who is a gynecologists will not do abortions. There is a lot more discussion to go on as to what is pro-life.