Ask someone who is “pro-life” what that means and he or she will most likely say they are against abortion. True, but what else? If pressed, they may also mention opposition to euthanasia.
That seems a lot like someone claiming to be a “music lover,” but who only listens to classical music—how limited and shortsighted. Can anyone truly be a music lover if they only experience a small segment of all things musical?
To truly be pro-life seemingly means to affirm all life and seek to improve the condition of all people.
As such, that means pro-life is not just about protecting the unborn and terminally ill, but also about addressing homelessness, unemployment, AIDS, poverty, prejudice, healthcare, social injustice, immigration, repression, war, slavery, genocide, and anything else that relates to life and living.
Historically, one political party in the United States has been preferred by the traditional pro-life crowd. However, given the preceding holistic, expanded definition of pro-life, it is the other party who are more fully addressing many of these life issues.
So, the question remains, are you pro-life? I am.
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