The Power of the Pro-Life Perspective

The Power of the Pro-Life Perspective

Those of us who fight against abortion, who decry assisted suicide, who honor the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters as precisely that–our brothers and sisters in the God-created human family–certainly are pro-life.
We are positive about life. We are positive that each human being has the right to life. We are positive that life must be revered.
But as a description of who we are and what we believe, the term has its flaws. After all, the abortion lobby, people who support euthanasia–they would not describe themselves as being against life.
What we do know is that they are pro-death.
They support death as a right–they even use the phrase “the right to die.” More than that, they support the rights of others to demand the death of a particular individual.
Consider the woman whose husband and daughter restrained her as a physician administered a lethal injection. At one point, the woman had said she no longer wished to live–but that was not what she said as her family held her so the doctor could administer the deadly drug. (No surprise here: the doctor was found not guilty of murder… and people in the courtroom applauded upon hearing the verdict.)
Consider the woman who was awarded £200,000 after suing the British National Health Service because, she claimed, her son with Down Syndrome never should have been born. It is incredible to believe that the High Court of Justice agreed that this child should not be alive. There are enough of these types of lawsuits that they have a name of their own: “wrongful birth” suits.
In our world today, life is simply not honored as the first gift and the first right any person–every person–receives.
It is instead considered a privilege that some may receive and others may not, that some may retain and others may not. It is disposable.
This Respect Life Month, let us pray for a true awakening among our brothers and sisters: that a true understanding of the God-given gift of life may take root and grow, and that we may all celebrate that gift in ourselves, and in our brothers and sisters, at every stage, in every shape, at every moment.