Today is the March for Life.
As Christians, we are called to be life-giving. Imitators of the Father, who breathed life into creation. Disciples of Christ, who grants new life through his death and resurrection. Partners with the Spirit, who enlivens and empowers our bodies and souls.
Today we celebrate life. We should not cheapen or minimize what it is to be pro-life by equating it with a single political position.
When I say I am pro-life, I mean to say I am pro-all-life.
I say with Father James Martin, “I am not only for the dignity of the human being from the moment of conception, but also for the dignity of the human being until the natural end of life. For life does not end with birth. A person who is truly pro life is pro all life, pro every stage of life, pro every stage of life for every person. For all life is sacred, because all life is created by God.”
Being pro-life means I am for the protection of the lives of unborn babies. And I am for the protection of those babies—male or female, black or white, Muslim or Christian—for the entirety of their lives.
Being pro-life means I support the right to health care, because it sustains life. I support the payment of a living wage for the same reason.
Being pro-life means I want all people everywhere to be provided with basic needs like nutritious food, clean water, and adequate shelter.
Being pro-life means I will pay into a welfare system and nonprofit programming that keeps the poor and hungry fed and housed.
Being pro-life means I support homes and organizations that provide living assistance to the elderly.
Being pro-life means I oppose the death penalty, torture, brutality, and militarization. I also oppose indiscriminate weapons like drones, cluster bombs, and biological and chemical weapons.
Being pro-life means I stand against the unjust mass incarceration of people, and the abuse or exploitation of prisoners.
Being pro-life means I speak in opposition to slavery, human trafficking, child soldiering, and all exploitative practices that steal the dignity and humanity of all persons.
Being pro-life means I oppose the destruction and contamination of creation.
Being pro-life means I joyfully say black lives matter. Migrant and minority lives matter too.
Being pro-life means I care for the homeless and the uprooted, the disabled and the widowed and the orphaned, the lost and the lonely.
Being pro-life means I will love my enemies and pray for those who persecute me.