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A broader look at pro-life

September 23, 2012
Collette Beeghly, Conrad , Times-Republican

I am a life-long, proud Catholic. I am a proud Democrat. And, I am pro-life. Yes, you can be all three, contrary to what some people would like you to think. I continue to hear people try to politicize this critical issue ... even in our churches ... by defining the term pro-life to mean simply "anti-abortion." Yet, I know of no Democrat or Republican or independent who is "pro-abortion."

As I said, I am pro-life, but my definition of being pro-life goes much, much deeper than simply being pro-birth. I am proud to be pro-all life.

The Republican Party makes a big deal every election about being the pro-life party and, in turn motivates its base by talking about overturning Roe vs. Wade and putting an end to abortions. Really? Anyone who truly looks at this issue understands that overturning Roe vs. Wade or passing new legislation will not end abortions. Abortions will only end when the mothers and fathers of the unborn baby and the parents of the young teenage pregnant girl stop consider having them. What it will do is take us back to the days when abortions were done by back-alley butchers, killing not only the baby, but more than likely the mother too. Is that being pro-life? Not by my definition.

I can go on-and-on with different examples of how the Republican Party ... and, sadly, many religious organizations ... is sadly misleading the public into thinking that being anti-abortion is really being pro-life. We could talk about the Republican Party's support of war, the death penalty and the reduction of health care benefits to the elderly and poor.

But, I believe Sister Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun, said it best in November of 2004: "I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don't? Because you don't want any tax money to go there. That's not pro-life. That's pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is."

Therefore, as a "pro-all life" American, lowan, Christian and Democrat, I will be voting for a president and vice president who are also "pro-all life" ... President Obama and Vice President Biden so that they can continue to support everyone's right to life.



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