Pro-lifers?

The amount of suffering that people justify in the name of being “pro-life” is really messed up.

Why is it almost always the “pro-lifers” who are okay with separating children from their families and denying all persons access to our country who are seeking asylum?

Why is it almost always the “pro-lifers” who are against every person having access to affordable and good quality healthcare?

Why is it almost always “pro-lifers” who are against DACA and want to send persons away who came to our country as children and who experience our country as their only home?

Why are so many “pro-lifers” against paying all people a living wage?

Why is it almost always pro-lifers who seem to be okay with women being paid less than men for the same work?

Why is it almost always the “pro-lifers” who refuse to wear masks in a pandemic for the sake of the most vulnerable in our communities?

Why is it almost always the “pro-lifers” who end up going down the QAnon rabbit hole of dangerous disinformation and conspiracy theories?

Why is it almost always the “pro-lifers” who are okay with banning people who are Muslim from coming into our country and enjoying their religious liberties like everyone else?

Why is it almost always the “pro-lifers” who want people not to have access to free contraception with their health insurance?

Why is it almost always the “pro-lifers” who argue that persons should have their food stamps cut?

Why is it almost always the “pro-lifers” who seem okay with cutting social security benefits for our elderly and those who have lost a loved one who helped support them?

Why is it almost always the “pro-lifers” who cry election fraud when there is no evidence?

Why is it almost always the “pro-lifers” who want to make persons who are LGBTQIA+ live in the shadows again?

Why is it that the “pro-lifers,” who are predominantly also white Christians, are measurably the most racist group within society?

Why is it that so many “pro-lifers” are also so misogynistic in their language and behavior?

Why is it that most “pro-lifers” are so pro death penalty?

Why was it the “pro-lifers” who were the first to accept Trump’s birtherism lies about an African American president?

Why is it that most “pro-lifers” want to deny or ignore climate change and allow us to continue creating an unlivable climate for future generations?

Maybe it is because most “pro-lifers” are not really “pro-life” but rather simply pro-birth, and there is a deep difference between the two.

About Mark Y. A. Davies

Mark Davies is the Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. He is the Executive Director of the Leadership, Education, and Development (LEaD) Hub North America of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church and an Oklahoma Humanities State Scholar. Mark has published in the areas of Boston personalism, process philosophy and ethics, and ecological ethics. Dr. Davies serves on the United Methodist University Senate, which is “an elected body of professionals in higher education created by the General Conference to determine which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church.” He and his wife Kristin live in Edmond, OK in the United States, and they have two daughters. The views expressed by the author in this blog do not necessarily represent the views of Oklahoma City University or the United Methodist Church.
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