[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!