On Friday, hundreds of thousands of protesters took the the streets in D.C. to be a part of the March for Life, an anti-abortion protest. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) used the opportunity to address the crowd at the National Mall via video broadcast and to share his goal to “help make abortion a relic of the past.”
He called for “pro-life” activists to:
“Commit ourselves to doing everything we can to protect the sanctity of life.”
Adding to the religious theme of the day, Pope Benedict XVI, the leader of millions of poverty-stricken Catholics who can’t afford to feed their children, even tweeted his support.
The March for Life participants were a diverse group that included all ages and people from across the country. Many parents exhibited what could arguably be called child endangerment because they showed up with their (unwilling I’m sure) infants and toddlers to brave the 20 degree weather. Many even had protest signs strapped to strollers.
I was eager to write this article because I shared a graphic on my Facebook last night that included a well-known quote from actor John Fugelsang:
“Only in America can you be Pro-Death Penalty, Pro-War, Pro-Unmanned Drone Bombs, Pro-Nuclear Weapons, Pro-Guns, Pro-Torture, Pro-Land Mines, AND still call yourself ‘Pro-Life.”
My posting sparked a heated debate with 185 comments (chime in and help a girl out, will you?).
The plain truth is that Fugelsang is right. If you support most or all of those things, you aren’t pro-life. Stop calling yourself pro-life. It’s insulting to people like me and my liberal friends who truly do cherish life and fight every day for the quality of life of people who are already alive and walking around.
I’ll toss up the applicable liberal talking points:
You don’t care about the babies after they’re born. You don’t care if their mothers can feed them. You don’t care if they live a life of poverty. You don’t care if they are sick and can’t seek healthcare. You don’t care if they’re educated. And you dang sure don’t care about them when these children who are born and raised without resources grow into adults without resources.
You are not pro-life. You are anti-abortion. Period. As a liberal American, I support your right to your opinion. But call yourself what you are.
Watch Boehner’s message below:
Here’s the video:
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