Pro-birth or pro-life?

Oct 8, 2018 by

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Recently I read a quote by Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List: “President Trump is the most pro-life president in our nation’s history.” I want to define more clearly the difference between “pro-birth,” which entitles the right of an unborn child to survive to term, and “pro-life,” which applies to the rights and respect everyone should be entitled to after birth.
To be completely pro-life raises important questions: Are we pro-life when we refuse to make stricter gun laws? Are we pro-life when we deny health care to everyone? Are we pro-life when we deport people back into situations that deny them the right to live and then place their children into holding pens? Are we pro-life when we send drones into “enemy” territory and kill innocent children? Are we pro-life when we limit educational opportunities to those who can afford it? Are we pro-life when we impose the death penalty? Are we pro-life if we fail to pass laws that aid the hungry and homeless?

Jesus said, “Inasmuch as you have helped one of the least of these, you have done it for me.” In light of this broader and more accurate definition of pro-life, it is misleading to refer to President Trump as pro-life.

Dorothy E. Yoder
Lititz, Pa.


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