Once a month or so, the Secular Pro-Life blog features a short interview with a pro-life atheist. (See the full series of interviews here.) Although Secular Pro-Life is not exclusively for atheists, historically atheists have played a key role in the organization. As atheists become more prominent in the pro-life movement generally, we’re excited for the opportunity to share their stories. This month, we welcome atheist Ashley P.
How did you arrive at the anti-abortion position?
I took a biology class in 6th grade, learning about conception. In 8th grade, my aunt was pregnant, and I stayed over. She didn’t have cable, so when I woke up before everyone else, I microwaved some pizza rolls, read most of her copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” and developed a pretty good understanding of fetal development. Then, in 9th grade, I learned what abortion was, and lost my s***.
How did you arrive at the atheist position?
I wasn’t raised religious. I’m open to the idea of a creator, mainly because science doesn’t prove negatives. I don’t think any deities I’ve ever heard of seem plausible, though.
How do you contribute to the cause of saving lives in the womb?
I’m hoping to help end poverty in my local community–which is a huge factor in abortion. I’m trying to have as many rational and non-judgmental discussions (with people who are pro-choice) as possible.
What words of wisdom do you have to share?
To my fellow anti-abortion peeps: common ground is the key to fixing the problems that lead to abortions. Listen to pro-choice people carefully, and listen less carefully to trolls.