Are You Pro-Life?

Many of you are familiar with Scottie’s Toy Box and know that most of his posts primarily consist of links to various news articles and/or other relevant topics of the day, with a daily sample of political cartoons. However, in his “comments” section. he regularly shares his own thoughts in response to a visitor’s remarks.

Today, I felt what he wrote was quite powerful and encouraged him to turn his comment into a regular post. Regrettably, he declined.

Scottie suffers from intense arthritic pain in his fingers. He notes that some days are better than others … and today happened to be one of the bad ones … so I let him off the hook. However, I felt his remarks were simply too good not to share and decided to copy them here:

How can you rage for the protection of a zygote and call your self pro-life, then be for the death penalty, caging kids at the border, taking away food programs for kids and families, taking away health care for kids and families, taking away education opportunities for kids and families, and refusing to place children in acceptable homes with people who love them if those people do not share your religious views. No way that is pro-life.

In my opinion, he nails it!

Too many “pro-lifers” wave banners and signs and adamantly profess their beliefs related to abortion, yet seem to forget that “life” continues on even after birth.

Along with Scottie, I ask … how can people ignore the needs of children who have been placed in cages simply because their parents happen to be brown? How can they support a president who takes away basic healthcare and food programs in order to build funds for his “wall?” How can they endorse laws that deny children a home simply because the parents are not “Christian?” And the list goes on.

Are we not all human? Why does skin color or religious belief or political leanings play a role in caring for others … particularly children?

We need to stop worrying about the “unborn” and start paying more attention to living children — especially those who are being mistreated and/or being denied even the basic needs of life.

In other words, we need to truly become “pro-life.”

Pam Tebow- Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

There has been considerable discussion in the news media about the pro-life ad that will be included as a Super Bowl commercial this Sunday.

For those not familiar with the contents of the ad, it is a message about a woman (Pam Tebow) who gave birth to a son after a very difficult pregnancy, even though she had been advised by doctors to have an abortion. As it turned out, her son became the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner.

Of course, pro-lifers pounce on this case and use it to point out the benefits of refusing to have an abortion.

But they miss a very important point.

Please note that the two sides of the debate are “Pro-Life” and Pro-CHOICE.” Pam Tebow made a choice to allow her son to be born. She was advised against this action by her doctor because of the potential dangers it presented both to her and the fetus, as well as the possibility of the child being disabled in some way. Yet she made a choice not to terminate the pregnancy. Pro-lifers seem to miss this very important point.

Women are faced with similar situations every day. They must decide what course to follow. They can choose to carry their baby to term or they can choose to abort. But it is their choice. No one is holding a gun to their head.

People who believe in pro-choice are not advocating that women have abortions. They are advocating that women have a choice.

UPDATE: It has been pointed out that Pam Tebow gave birth in the Phillipines. Abortion under any circumstances has been illegal in that country since 1930 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_the_Philippines) so technically, she was not faced with the decision that the pro-lifers are championing. Interesting.