Secular Pro-Life's very own Terrisa Bukovinac Lopez delivered the following remarks to a crowd of 500+ people in San Jose, CA:
This morning, pro-lifers are gathering at over 300 protest sites across the United States. For many of you, this is a time of prayer. Not for me.
My name is Terrisa Bukovinac Lopez, and I am a pro-life atheist. I’m here representing the organization Secular Pro-Life. There are more non-religious pro-lifers out there than you might think. I am here because I feel I have an ethical duty to speak out. And I thank Karen of 40 Days for Life for giving me this opportunity.
This morning, the pro-life movement is united. Because whatever your religion, whatever your race, whatever your gender, whatever your age, we all feel the same emotions when we watch those videos. Horror. Shock. Anger. And above all, grief for those who have lost their lives.
We must never allow our desire for scientific knowledge to eclipse out consciences. Planned Parenthood crossed that line a long time ago. Women deserve better, and Planned Parenthood deserves zero taxpayer funding.Terrisa reports that her speech was well received. A question and answer session followed, in which she explained how she came to hold the pro-life view and how religious allies can make the pro-life movement more inclusive. Afterward, pro-lifers thanked her and she even received an invitation to speak at a local Catholic gathering.
Planned Parenthood staff stood at the facility entrance and listened silently.
|Terrisa addresses the crowd gathered on the sidewalk outside of Planned Parenthood San Jose.|
|A portion of the attendees. Good thing Terrisa had a microphone!|