https://secularprolife.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/SecularProlife2.png 0 0 Kelsey Hazzard https://secularprolife.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/SecularProlife2.png Kelsey Hazzard2014-03-13 12:25:002021-11-08 12:31:42Secular Pro-Life’s Christian Outreach
Ha! Made you look at the headline! Now read the whole article, because it’s a little more complicated.
Secular Pro-Life has always been open to people of any faith or no faith. Still, SPL is often associated with, well, secularism. Our leadership is comprised of non-theists, and we’re always going on about that “over six million pro-life American nones” statistic, and about young people being the most pro-life and least religious generation since Roe v. Wade.
But this statistic may actually be more important: a recent Pew survey of Americans between the ages of 18 and 33 found that only 36% would describe themselves as “a religious person.”
While the United States certainly has a Christian majority, that is based on self-identification. What does it mean for someone to call himself a “Christian”? Young Americans in particular are not devout. Sure, they grew up in Sunday School (who else remembers Silly Songs with Larry?). They try to be good people and not hurt anybody. They attend church on Christmas and Easter, and maybe a few other times a year. But these are not people who have religious concerns about eternal life and sin at the center of their minds. They drink. They cuss. They party. And they most assuredly have sex before marriage.
My point here is not to point and stare and call people hypocrites for not living their lives by a particular Christian worldview. My point is to describe average young American Christians, bearing in mind that I was once one myself. And my point is that non-religious Christian youths are unlikely to be swayed by pro-life arguments that are full of citations to a Bible they don’t read and theological thought leaders they’ve never heard of.
If I’m right, Secular Pro-Life is actually in a better position to reach out to a significant percentage of Millennial Christians than explicitly Christian pro-life groups are. Because if you aren’t a “religious person,” prayer vigils, sermons, and sayings like “Let God Plan Parenthood” are not going to get you involved in the pro-life movement. And heaven forbid (ha!) that you take such an approach with an average young Christian woman who is pregnant, terrified, and considering what looks like an “easy way out.” About 65% of abortions in the U.S. are performed on Christian mothers, according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute.
This is a major reason why Secular Pro-Life is, always has been, and always will be open to Christians. Many pro-life Christians, to their credit, recognize the problem and understand that a religiously-neutral human rights perspective can provide the solution. (Yes, that has prompted some backlash from certain highly fundamentalist Christian subgroups. But those critics are in the minority.) Working together, we can reach the full spectrum of Americans, and make abortion unthinkable for them all.