Aimee Christine Bedoy is a devout Catholic. She is also a longtime supporter of Secular Pro-Life, and invited us to speak at Carnegie Mellon University (where she recently graduated). I’m excited to share Aimee’s next project: a secular, non-partisan pro-life publication, called the Life Matters Journal. You can contribute an article by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Matters Journal is looking for consistent life ethic articles that are non-partisan and non-sectarian. Aimee fully understands the need to welcome all pro-lifers into the movement:
To bring about justice for all, and the respect for all human life that we endeavor to promulgate within our world, we must stand together regardless of creed or political background. Even in my own pro-life group on campus we have had members who are Agnostic, Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish; we have had members who are liberal, conservative, libertarian, and independent. However, there is an unsettling trend that I notice in my work with students and young people alike: at conferences, talks, and debates, one religion or political view is nearly always brought to the forefront in such a way that it alienated those within our groups who do not follow the same religious path or political persuasion. We cannot let a pride of religion or political party or lack thereof be the downfall of this movement: while we struggle against each other and alienate the youth of our nation, more die in our nation and around the world. We have a responsibility to our fellow man to stand up for human dignity, regardless of what we believe.
The youth are a more secular generation than that of their parents, and the way we interact with our young people on these issues must acknowledge this fact. We cannot change hearts and minds if we continue to speak to that which they do not relate; while religious arguments may have a place in a sermon or amongst a given ministry group, the campus culture of today is largely secular and we must equip our young people to respond to it. To make a bigger impact on our campuses and around our world for life, we must be willing to have these conversations on the value of human life without the use of religious arguments. To individuals who prescribe to no specific spirituality, or one to which a specific religious argument does not pertain, we must be willing to discuss life matters from a secular perspective.