Pro-lifers and precious lives — I don’t believe you

 

In my last post I explored thoughts on compassion and the need I keep feeling to try to understand the folks on “the other side”.  There are two big places where I keep hanging up, just incapable of understanding what the thinking process is.  Today’s ruminations are on the pro-life stance that they must oppose abortion because they believe all life is precious.  Next time I’ll get into some thoughts on claims to love Jesus.

My thoughts start from my firm belief that if you say life is precious, it should mean ALL life is precious.  And my problems with the pro-lifers’ statement of belief in all life is the vast amount of evidence I see that in fact they don’t find most lives precious at all.

Starting with abortion clinics.  The women who schedule abortions head to the clinic on what for many is the one of the worst days of their lives.  They’re women.  They’re living beings.  Instead of being met with compassionate people who value their lives and want to help them feel better, they’re met with screaming hordes who call them murderers.

They’re live human beings.  Why aren’t their lives precious?

When you say you think life is precious I don’t believe you.

Children are being ripped from their parents at the border and kept in horrendous conditions.  I have yet to see a gathering of protesters standing outside one of these centers waving Pro Life signs and demanding these little lives in being be treated as precious.  Nor have I heard of large contingencies of pro-lifers showing up to volunteer or demanding policy change.

They are innocent little living children.  Why aren’t their lives precious?

When you say you think life is precious I don’t believe you.

Black people are being murdered by police in every city in the country on a routine basis.  I have yet to see a bunch of people with Pro Life signs showing up at Black Lives Matter rallies to stand up for saving these precious lives. Or demanding policy change or sensitivity training…

People of every color are people.  Live humans.  Why aren’t Black lives precious to you?

When you say you think life is precious I don’t believe you.

Synagogues and mosques and Black churches have been under attack in recent years, particularly since the Terrorist-in-Chief took office and made hatred okay.  I searched to find an example of Pro-Life advocates rallying outside a synagogue or mosque or Black church waving Pro Life signs and proclaiming their intention to protect the precious lives who worship in these places.

People of every faith are human beings with real, functioning lives.  Why aren’t all of those lives precious?

When you say you think life is precious I don’t believe you.

Pro-lifers consistently vote for Republicans, who consistently want to slash every social welfare program in favor of the rich.  From school lunch programs to medical care to refugee aid, you vote to strip the fragile support offered by social welfare programs from all those who need them.  It’s perfectly fine with you for children to go hungry, for people to die for lack of health care and for refugees to be sent back to countries where their lives are threatened.

People in need are alive.  They’re humans.  Why aren’t their lives precious enough to earn your compassion?

When you say you think life is precious I don’t believe you.

If you really believed life is precious you would be showing up with your signs and rallies and votes and petitions to support all the struggling people whose lives hang in the balance.  But you don’t.

When you say you think life is precious I don’t believe you.

What I do believe is something other than “life is precious” is the driving force behind your adamant concern for life in the womb and only in the womb.  What I don’t understand is what that is.  But I would like to know what the real story is.  In the meantime,

When you say you think life is precious I don’t believe you.

7 thoughts on “Pro-lifers and precious lives — I don’t believe you

  1. I believe this is one of the most powerful blog posts you have written. If this were an essay written for one of my classes it would get an A plus and a place in my Hall if Fame collection and a prominent position on my bulletin board. What you have written here has a universal, diverse audience way broader than the spiritually oriented one who would normally read your blog. Wish those who call themselves pro-life could have a chance to read it. Bravo!

    Deborah

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    • Thanks so much Deborah –those kudos mean a lot! It’s something I’ve been mulling for a while, waiting until I could write it without just sounding angry… at least I hope I tame the beast 🙂

  2. Truly spoken, Leigh. I’ve often wondered about that myself … ‘pro-life’ seems to often mean ‘anti-abortion’ more than treating all life as sacred and deserving of being treated with care and dignity, as exemplified by the other examples you mention. The initial part of your powerful musing brought to mind the book Costly Grace, by the Rev. Rob Schenck, a former anti-abortion protest leader who, after a spiritual epiphany, looks back on that time with regret … and honesty: https://tinyurl.com/y8l38wvk. Thanks for an inspired post! J.

  3. Words of TRUTH Leigh.. ” Children are being ripped from their parents at the border and kept in horrendous conditions. I have yet to see a gathering of protesters standing outside one of these centers waving Pro Life signs and demanding these little lives in being be treated as precious. ”

    Such a well written post..

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