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Friday, April 11, 2014

Why this middle-aged Catholic woman supports SPL

[Today's guest post is by Jan S.]

I’m a social conservative and practicing Catholic Christian. I’ve been involved in the pro-life movement intermittently since 1989, when my husband and I had three children under the age of four, and were expecting our fourth child.

It was at that time that we invited a stranger to live with us. She was poor, young, and pregnant. My husband met her outside of an abortion clinic where he was taking part in a pro-life protest. She was considering abortion, but changed her mind when we invited her to live with us until she had her baby and was on her feet again. She agreed.

From that point until a few years ago, I saw the abortion issue from mostly a Christian perspective. Having been raised before the dawn of the internet, I was, like many people of my generation, sheltered from most other views. I had not considered with any kind of depth that others would not only not share my Christian reasoning, but even vilify it. In today's world, of course, the internet highlights the great diversity of political, social, and religious views. I am now so much more aware of that division, that diversity, than I was back in the day.

As a result of this internet-fueled education, and through my personal relationships with non-religious pro-lifers, I was introduced to Secular Pro-Life. At first I was hesitant to consider a non-Christian view of the pro-life stance. But I deeply trusted the person who introduced me to Secular Pro-Life. As SPL went through its infant stages (no pun intended!) I mostly observed and listened without much involvement. I came to realize SPL is really on to something useful in the pro-life community—something that’s been missing for a long time. That something is a secular- and science-based view of human value: a view that welcomes and unites all pro-life persons, no matter their religious, social, or political views, to expose abortion as a violation of human rights.

Now I have (cautiously) started to become a voice for SPL in my Christian community. I suppose you could say I'm an evangelist (again, no pun intended!) for Secular Pro-Life! I started talking to my fellow pro-life advocates about the need for unity in the movement, and about how secular arguments can help us achieve that unity. I speak with other pro-life Christians about how we need to be able to reason with the pro-choicers who outright reject religious pro-life voices. So far I've seen varied but positive responses to these discussions. I've seen reactions ranging from priests and top-level pro-life activists taking interest to grassroots protesters excited at the prospect of working together with nonreligious pro-lifers.

A major part of Secular Pro-Life's mission is to bring together pro-lifers of any faith and no faith in the fight for the most vulnerable among us. My fellow Christian pro-lifers and I can help SPL unite people. We can reach out to our communities—communities secularists don't often find themselves in—and make a point of discussing the need for pro-life diversity in order to grow the pro-life movement even further. I'm happy to see the pro-life movement keep expanding, and I'm proud to do my part to help. Join me!

6 comments:

Jeremiah Evans said...

Hi Jan! I'm in the same boat as a cradle Catholic, who discovered SPL and thinks the it is absolutely AWESOME that other people have come to a pro life position through reason.

Keep up the good work!

Sashabill said...

Amen to that! I am an active Mormon, so my religious beliefs do play a part in my being pro life. I am willing and happy to stand with people of any religious persuasion, or no religious persuasion, in affirming the unborn and their right to life. If prayers are being offered, I will pray with whomever is praying.

The Nun said...

Whoo!! Hoo!!

Alden Smith said...

I'm pro life Protestant and in the process switching from my Church to the Catholic Church over issues with my church. I love this site.

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JOES CANDRA said...

My name is Deb Millar and i want to testify of the good work done by a

faithful man DR OFURE a spell caster in my life i never thought there is

such thing as spiritual intercession. my problem started 5 months back when

the father of my kids started putting up some strange behaviour, i never

knew he was having an affair outside our matrimonial home. it dawn on me on

that faithful day 4th of April 20st 2:23pm when he came to the house to

pick his things, that was when i knew that situation has gotten out of hand

and he then told me he want to quit the marriage which i have built for

over 6 years, i was confused and dumbfounded i called on family's and

friends but to no avail. two months after i started having problem with my

kids welfare, rent-age and all of it, i really went through hair. until a

day i was browsing on the internet and i happen to meet DR OFRUE, i never

believed on this but i needed my man back so i gave the spell caster my

problem at first i never trusted him so i was just doing it but you know a

problem shared is half solved after 2das my husband called me Telling me

that he his coming back home and that was all. now we are living happily as

husband and wife, i still can believe it just too real to be real it

highly unbelievable on this great joy for those of you that are going

through heart broke or any kind of problem i must tell you this great man

has the power to solve any problem hear is the great man

email:Ofurelovespell@gmail.com. or you can his cell phone on +2348149158514...