Pro-Life or Pro-Birth?

“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”

People are sharing Sister Joan Chittister’s quote all over social media as a response to the uproar over the recent unveiling of evil at Planned Parenthood. While I think it is obviously important to have a conversation about how to help people (especially children) throughout their entire life, I think that the use of this quote is an absolute distraction from the conversation we should be having. It is a red herring at it’s finest. Again, this is an attempt to make this issue simply political when it is most certainly a human rights issue. I cannot speak to the motive behind Sister Joan Chittister’s sentiment, however, when I see that people are sharing it in attempt to place blame on those that are bold enough to stand up to an evil that is chopping up our children and selling their parts (while laughing about it) my heart breaks.

Should we as a nation make sure that no children are going hungry, that no child is uneducated, and that no child is homeless? Of course! That should be something that we care deeply about as a people. Unfortunately, none of the 55 million plus children that have been killed will even have the chance at being fed, educated, or housed. They will never know what it’s like to care for and be cared for. They will never know what it’s like to come home from school to their warm home and to have a snack. They will never get the chance to share a meal with their family. They will not get to experience any of these things that we take for granted.


Because they have been ripped from the womb (their home) in the most violent of ways, they have been starved to death so that the abortion can be complete, and then their body parts are being sold in the name of “research.” The very things that we want for our children, the very things that this quote calls for is most certainly taken away from these children, but in the most violent of ways (somewhat reminiscent of Joseph Mengele, a doctor during the holocaust that was notorious for killing babies for research).

Are we that vested in the ongoing war of Republican vs. Democrat that we have to forget about the fact that babies are being dismembered in “the greatest country on the planet?” Are we that consumed with hatred for a political party that we ignore the slaughter of our children? Yes…we are.


Because it is so much easier to make this political and blame a political party than it is to call it what it is.


We cannot be distracted by our absolutely dysfunctional political system. We cannot be distracted by mere talking points. We have to look evil in the face and call it what it is…evil. What we are doing now is looking evil in the face and saying “MAYBE BUT…”

We aren’t afforded that luxury. Evil is evil regardless of who is perpetrating it. 



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