In her coverage of the D.C. March for Life, Christianity Today author Karen Swallow Prior highlights Phil, one of our most active volunteers:
He is a young, pro-life vegan who cut his activism teeth in the anti-globalization movement. He worked for a pro-life organization for a few years, keeping his atheist views to himself, but has since “come out” as an atheist while maintaining his pro-life convictions. He says he has been warmly received at the March, where he carries a sign identifying himself as a pro-life atheist.On the other hand, Mary E. Hunt of Religion Dispatches asks "Why don't they just call it the Catholic March for Life?" While admitting that non-Catholics were present, she argues that it was "a Catholic demonstration that is made to appear far more generic than it is." [Bias warning: Hunt is a pro-abortion Catholic.]
At Reason Magazine, David Harsanyi discusses the secular case for life:
[The March for Life] had me wonder how many Americans avoid an honest look at the abortion issue because of the cultural dimensions of the debate. How many Americans instinctively turn to the pro-choice camp because pro-life proponents aggravate their secular sensibilities?
As Nat Hentoff, the noted civil libertarian journalist, once remarked, when he turned pro-life, his cohorts at The Village Voice wondered when he had "converted to Catholicism—the only explanation they could think of" for his "apostasy."
It's unfortunate that abortion is a social issue, because it is science and reason that can turn the debate.