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More on the need for pro-life unity

January 23, 2013

I attended the 40th anniversary for Roe v. Wade vigil at the corner of Grape and Harbor again this year. There weren’t quite as many people as there have been the past few years, possibly because there was a Walk for Life a few days earlier, which I unfortunately didn’t feel I could attend. As usual, people driving by honked, in some cases as a show of support, others as hostility. We had a few people screaming “pro-choice” and from one car they shouted obscenities.

This makes it all the more reprehensible when pro-lifers belittle one of their own, but this has happened, and both liberal and conservative pro-lifers are guilty of this.

In an earlier post I mentioned having run into a couple of friends, Sue and Tim House. They were at this rally, and I thought I saw someone else there, someone who treated me rather badly many years ago. (at the time, it didn’t help that I’d just read literature that the Pill might be abortive.)  There were others like her, and I eventually left pro-life for a few years because of people like that. For better or worse during my absence the movement became much more reactionary.

I’ve also discussed at Blogger the need for Pro-life unity. There was recently an uproar at Facebook over the organization “Abolish Human Abortion” because of its emphasis on evangelical Christianity, even to the point of dismissing Catholicism. Unfortunately some others aren’t much better.

I recently joined another group on Facebook, Conservative Pro-Life Atheists. I was accepted, but the admin made note of the fact that I was in some other groups and liked some other pages, most notably Pro-Life Socialists, and he said it could disqualify me. I hadn’t really planned to discuss issues other than abortion in that group. It’s this kind of divisiveness that has kept pro-life from winning battles, and enabled abortion to continue unabated for 40 years.

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One Comment
  1. “It’s this kind of divisiveness that has kept pro-life from winning battles, and enabled abortion to continue unabated for 40 years.”

    I agree. I want the unity with everyone but often there are differences I can’t get past with some people. Some disagreements on other issues such as the rape exception or birth control tend to distract us from actually working at reducing the causes of abortion.

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