Pro-life is often equated with only being about abortion and the preservation of life for unborn children. However, the No. 1 priority for the pro-life movement should be to preserve all lives, equally. But for Black and Brown people in America, that hasn’t always been the reality. When you view the pro-life movement this way, it will allow you to take a deeper look into what this movement should actually stand for, how it is being communicated, and by whom.
This blog will display the deficit between the pro-life movement that is widely publicized and the pro-life movement that should be effective today.
: When you hear the phrase pro-life, what comes to mind? I'm sure it's something in relation to being against abortion. But if you really think about it, Pro-life means for or in support of life. The pro-life movement is a movement as we know it seeks to protect and sustain the lives of the unborn in the womb, but it should not just stop there!
- Roland Martin, an award-winning journalist, author, and television host, believes that being pro-life is a movement for all lives. In a recent article, he discusses how the pro-life movement must become more inclusive of Black and Brown lives if it is to be effective.
He argues that the pro-life movement cannot simply be about preserving all lives; it must also be about civil rights for all. This means fighting for equality and justice for Black and Brown people in America who are disproportionately affected by police brutality and other forms of violence.
In order to be truly pro-life, we must fight for the rights of all people – not just those in the womb. -
The Foundation of the Pro-Life Movement
: The pro-life movement has focused on preserving human life from the time of conception until natural death. Pregnancy and new life are celebrated as a gift from God and any medical procedure that will terminate the pregnancy is seen as an act of murder. Additionally, the movement seeks to ensure that those who are suffering from any medical condition are able to access the care they need and should not be deprived of life. Furthermore, for pro-lifers, euthanasia, abortion, and euthanasia for mentally ill individuals are seen as morally wrong and have to be stopped through the protection of the law. The movement has also pushed for stricter laws against human trafficking, forced labor, and other forms of exploitation. Pro-lifers believe that no one should be subjected to any kind of exploitation or abuse, regardless of their age, sex, race, or religion. Additionally, they are committed to advocating for changes in laws, policies, and practices that will protect the life and dignity of all people. Above all, pro-lifers believe all life is sacred and that no one should be subjected to harm or violence.
Who We Are Fighting For
: The pro-life movement shouldn't just be about protecting the unborn child. It should also be about protecting the lives of children and adults who are living among us, and promoting equality, with an emphasis on Black and Brown people because they are the people who benefit the least, if at all. Those involved in the pro-life movement typically fight for the rights of people living with disabilities and seek to ensure their access to medical care and other life-saving treatments. Those Pro-lifers are committed to fighting for social and economic justice for the people they feel are important, but where does that leave people and their families that are brutally murdered by police officers and other racist citizens? It's said that those involved in the movement believe that everyone should have access to basic services and essentials, like food, shelter, and clothing. But who does the "everyone" really include? Standing up for those without a voice, like refugees and immigrants is what Pro-lifers should stand for in addition to racial justice and aim to ensure that people of color are not subjected to discrimination or racism that would be a complete movement for pro-life. Ultimately, the pro-life movement should seek to protect and defend the rights of all human life without prejudice.
The Importance of All Lives
: Pro-life supporters need to recognize the importance of protecting all human life and work to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages and backgrounds. A commitment to helping those in need and ensuring that everyone is equal and treated with respect and dignity would truly define pro-life. For pro-lifers, all life should be respected and valued, regardless of gender, race, or religion. Everyone has the right to self-determination and the right to be free from any kind of harm. The pro-life movement should be committed to preserving and protecting human life, regardless of the circumstances. Everyone should have access to quality healthcare and the right to have their voices heard. Everyone should have the right to express their opinions without fear of repercussions or retribution. Above all, the pro-life movement should be fighting for the rights of all people.
Where Do You Stand? Where do your personal beliefs and opinions stand on the issue of pro-life the way it is and the way it should be? Before making a decision, it is important to educate yourself on the issue by conducting research and considering all of the factors at play.
: The pro-life movement should be a movement to promote the value of life equally. It should be dedicated to preserving the life of the unborn, protecting the rights of those suffering from medical conditions, advocating for social and economic justice for all people, and promoting racial equity. To make a difference, you can advocate for legislative and societal change, spread the message of pro-life, and participate in pro-life organizations. It’s up to each and every one of us to make a difference.