The first thing I must say here is that this post is NOT about abortion, but rather terminology. Lately I’ve become really annoyed at this particular term. In a quiet moment this idea popped into my head. What if I was an alien visiting from another planet and I decided to ride along with an average American family that happens to have “Pro-Life” stickers on their car? Generalizing quite a bit, I am going to give you an illustration.
Let’s imagine this invisible alien is visiting from a very loving and highly evolved planet. He is very excited to see this earthly family’s way of honoring and supporting life. I mean it says right on their vehicle: “PRO-LIFE.” He joins them at the dinner table where the parents eat steak (cow) and the kids eat nuggets (chicken). After dinner the mother screams from the bathroom. The alien follows the father into the bathroom where they discover a spider. BAM…spider=dead! They sit down to watch the evening news. A man will be executed tomorrow. The parents applaud, justice prevails, time to watch CSI. The following morning the alien joins father and son on a hunting expedition where they shoot and kill deer for fun. Afterward they celebrate with a meal at McDonald’s where they eat more cow and chicken. At the end of the 24 hour period the alien leaves earth believing “Pro-Life” has a totally opposite meaning of what he thought it did.
Today I saw a bumper sticker that said “Abortion stops a beating heart.” Yes, yes, yes it does but so does the following:
hunters with guns
abuse and neglect
pollution in our water
I just don’t understand the use of that terminology for one issue having to do with life. Couldn’t we use something else, like say pro-pregnancy, pro-babies, pro-motherhood, or how about anti-abortion. The truth is I don’t know if it’s possible for any of us to be entirely “PRO-LIFE.” There are too many things we have to do in order to survive. But I would love it if we could look at life in the big picture and embrace and honor all of it.
*As always, I WELCOME your comments, but if it seems to be taking a turn into an abortion debate I will delete.