Thursday, July 12, 2018

I May Be Pro Ecclesia, Pro Familia, and Pro Civitate, But I No Longer Call Myself "Pro-Life"

For quite a while now, I have been contemplating briefly -- for just one post -- coming out of blog retirement to explain why I no longer refer to myself as being "pro-life". I had it all written in my head, and had only to actually sit down, revisit my old blogger interface, and start typing.

Fortunately, Eric Sammons, writing at CatholicVote, has saved me the trouble by writing, essentially, the very apologia I had planned:
... No matter the reason, by calling every issue a “pro-life” issue, we dilute and fracture the brand. We make other, less important issues as important as the abortion issue. We needlessly divide pro-lifers over prudential issues about which we should be able to respectfully disagree.

As for me, I’ve come to realize that I’m no longer pro-life. Just call me anti-abortion. It’s accurate, specific, and tells the whole world that I’m unabashedly opposed to child-killing.
So, no longer refer to me as "pro-life" -- not if being "pro-life" means I also have to accept a hodgepodge of DNC platform positions pushed by lefty Catholics and the USCCB bureaucracy. I want to oppose abortion on MY terms ... not the terms of people who, in the end, don't really give two squirts about ending abortion.

Call me "anti-abortion".

(And with that, I sign off.)


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