How do you qualify the concept of being pro-life?
Does being pro-life mean you are against abortion, but ignore the death penalty, poverty, wars, and the need for health- care? This may seem like so many different topics in one, but if you look a little closer they all have to do with life itself, admittedly in a different way. So, if you are for something then it should not be so hard to qualify what it means to you...
So murdering innocent babies (over 50 million in the US so far) is equal in your mind to death penalty for guilty convicts, poverty, war and health care?
They use pro-life for those against abortions, yeah. Should it apply to the other topics you listed? Maybe. No one person shares the same moral belief in any one thing, which makes this question difficult to answer. I am pro-choice myself. Why should a woman be forced to have a baby by a man who raped her? The death penalty, I'm for that as well, but not all states carry out death penalties because they think it is immoral. I'll bet if we killed every criminal that is found guilty of killing anyone maliciously, I think that would keep people from killing people so often, though it won't stop.
This may set you off, I am anti-war. I support our American troops because they are only following orders. But I don't agree with war at all. Someone has to clean up the mess when its done. And its usually us, honestly we can't afford to clean up someone else's country. Who can for that matter?
Poverty and health care, that may be linked to pro-life, but I don't think they should be. People can die with or without healthcare. People can die in poverty too, but it may not be the total cause.
No matter what I've said to answer this question, I still believe everyone has the right to live, its the actions of other people that can't be controled and all judgements should be left to our Higher Power.
You are always free to voice your opinion, but no accusations please. The question calls for open dialogue on what it means to be pro-life. As a matter of fact, as a catholic-christian, i do not believe in abortion with the exception of life and death situations/extreme cases where that is, deemed absolutely necessary. But if children are born in poverty and there is no option to them that is, in healthcare (remember they do need someone to take care, and look after their well-being) then their life is shortened because of health related issues.
One can argue on wars because some are necessary for the safety of citizens and a country; and others are debatable. So, some deaths are inevitable. But why is it that we cannot protect children and give them a decent life as best as possible by ensuring only those who are destitute will be able to have an option in heealthcare where their needs can be met adequately? After birth are their lives no longer significant?
You know it's always easy to be defensive but remember life should always be valued, and once we stop measuring things through a narrow prism then our perspectives on certain things may change.
@ Tinkerbell09 i know it's a complex issue and the opinions will vary, but i think it is an important dialogue that will cause people to think more. I did not expect everyone to agree with anything, but i suspect that this could provide an avenue for people to grow and learn.
I just thought it was quite interesting that people often veiw being pro-life as be against abortion, but not being for anything else.I may disagree with you on some principles but i respect you being pro-choice and being for the death penalty, as well. It is certainly true that children/people can die whether or not they have healthcare however, based on numerous reports and statistics more individuals appear to die because of the lack of healthcare. Remember some people put off going to the doctor because of the expenses and sometimes miss important diagnosis. I think it would be disingenuous to think that we have a level social strata or playing field for that matter that allows those with limited resources to have many options. If one life can be saved then it is still a life, and that should be valued.
I feel that the term 'pro-life' is generally used to describe being against abortion. I've never heard of it being used for the other topics you've outlined (such as poverty, wars etc).
Pro-life means being for life -- existing life -- not potential life such as a clump of cells in some woman's uterus.
Prolife to me, and the way God intended it, means cherishing and preserving life from beginning to end. Conception to natural death. God is the author and creator of life, and we have no right interfering. EVEN more so when it comes to the innocent babies who have no voice. Fetus is latin for offspring. A human fetus is a human baby in it's earliest stages of development. We all agree that toddlers are valuable human beings with rights. Yet the unborn differ from toddlers in only four ways: Size, Level of Development, Environment, and Degree of Dependency (the first letters of each of these differences spell an acronym, SLED). Google this for more information, or I will be posting a Hub sometime soon with more information
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