We Call Ourselves “Pro-Life”

[January 28, 2017]

This time of year, I always get irritated by people who claim that we can’t call ourselves pro-life, unless we also support the list of their other causes.

Here is why abortion deserves to be prioritized over all other issues. This why it is OK to oppose abortion, and yet not be obliged to support another person’s idea of what’s “just as important.”

Here is why abortion is the most important justice issue of our time.

1. It is wrong to discriminate, and worse to persecute, still worse to imprison, even worse to torture, and worst of all to kill.

Abortion kills.

2. It is wrong to kill violent adults, if they can be stopped any other way. It is worse to kill non-violent adults. It is even worse to kill children.

Abortion kills children.

3. In 2011, there were 908 child fatalities from car accidents. There weere 1620 child fatalities from abuse and neglect. And there were 1,058,490 child fatalities from abortion.

Abortion kills children in overwhelming numbers.

It takes almost twice as many lives every year as heart disease and cancer do. Heart disease and cancer are usually considered the biggest killers in America, and take about 600,000 lives each year. Abortion takes about 1,000,000 lives each year.

Since Roe v Wade in 1973, abortion has taken 58 million lives.

We will go on calling ourselves “Pro-life.” It is the name that has been historically held by our side, in this cause that has lasted over fifty years, since the first challenges to abortion laws in the mid-60s. The movement is old enough to have seen the first generation of leaders pass away, and seen young people arise in wave after wave to take their place. This issue is not going to go away. Though abortion has been the law of the land for 44 years, people still haven’t come around to taking it for granted. We’re still fighting, and will go on fighting. Because abortion is the greatest of all threats to justice; it (1) kills (2) children (3) in overwhelming numbers.

This is our name, and nobody can take it from us. It has always been our name. We are the pro-life movement. We are pro-life.


About Frederica Mathewes-Green

Frederica Mathewes-Green is a wide-ranging author who has published 10 books and 800 essays, in such diverse publications as the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Smithsonian, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio (NPR), a columnist for the Religion News Service, Beliefnet.com, and Christianity Today, and a podcaster for Ancient Faith Radio. (She was also a consultant for Veggie Tales.) She has published 10 books, and has appeared as a speaker over 600 times, at places like Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Wellesley, Cornell, Calvin, Baylor, and Westmont, and received a Doctor of Letters (honorary) from King University. She has been interviewed over 700 times, on venues like PrimeTime Live, the 700 Club, NPR, PBS, Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. She lives with her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Johnson City, TN. Their three children are grown and married, and they have fourteen grandchildren.

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