“To be pro-life doesn’t necessarily end with a woman’s pregnancy,” says Wendy Davis, the candidate for governor of Texas best known for opposing laws that would prohibit late-term abortion and regulate safety at abortion facilities.
I agree, actually. Being pro-life shouldn’t end with a woman’s pregnancy. It does, however, begin there. (More accurately, it begins before then, by preventing unplanned pregnancy.)
It feels like pro-lifers are always on the receiving end of charges of hypocrisy. “You care so much about fetuses, but you don’t support Program XYZ that would help impoverished families!” Of course, the charge of hypocrisy works just as well the other way around. It’s disingenuous to claim to stand for disadvantaged members of society, while supporting the right to dismember the most disadvantaged of them all.
This isn’t meant as a put-down of liberalism generally. There are plenty of pro-life liberals, represented by groups like Democrats for Life and All Our Lives. Many SPL members are politically liberal as well.
This also isn’t meant to imply that fiscal conservatives are heartless. We can all agree that poverty is a bad thing, but reasonable people can disagree on how best to end it and where the money should come from. I know many conservative pro-lifers who devote considerable time and money to private charity, including charities that help young children and their parents.
The problem is that when pro-lifers give, they give as individuals; their care for born people isn’t publicly connected to the cause. On the other hand, when a liberal government program is established, it is (usually) associated with pro-abortion politicians.
Late in 2012, Secular Pro-Life launched ProLifeCares.org, a website that connects pro-lifers to great charities. Many are, at least on a surface level, totally unrelated to abortion. But they are united by a common value: protecting those who cannot protect themselves.
So if you want to show the world what it really means to be pro-life, before, during, and after pregnancy, help a charity on our list* and then share ProLifeCares.org on your social media pages. Do it for the weakest members of the human family. Thank you.
*We recognize that you may not have disposable income; that’s okay! The site includes non-financial ways to give too. Check it out.