The Right To Choose

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Shane Claiborne reflects on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade | Red Letter Christians

Shane Claiborne reflects on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade | Red Letter Christians.

Claiborn explains in this text what it means for him to be pro-life:
‘I want to be pro-life like Mother Teresa was pro-life.  She didn’t just wear an “Abortion is murder shirt” and protest outside a clinic.  For her, being pro-life was more than being anti-abortion… it meant coming alongside teenage parents, helping raise kids that no one wanted, and taking in families who had no place to go.  That’s the kind of pro-life movement we’re talking about.  Pro-life from the womb to the tomb.’

Do you, as a Christian, not only believe in the dignity of human life before birth, but also after the foetus is born. Most pro-lifers, it seems, at least in the American Religious Right, could not care less about the dignity of Human life after birth. They religion (and politics with it) is a perverted ‘gospel’, used to smash those who think differently than they do, not to love and serve them, as Christ did, in the most sacrificial manner.

May God have mercy on us, his followers!

I want to be pro-life like Mother Teresa was pro-life.  She didn’t just wear an “Abortion is murder shirt” and protest outside a clinic.  For her, being pro-life was more than being anti-abortion… it meant coming alongside teenage parents, helping raise kids that no one wanted, and taking in families who had no place to go.  That’s the kind of pro-life movement we’re talking about.  Pro-life from the womb to the tomb. – See more at: http://www.redletterchristians.org/shane-claiborne-reflects-anniversary-roe-v-wade/#sthash.uXQsKVUv.dpuf
I want to be pro-life like Mother Teresa was pro-life.  She didn’t just wear an “Abortion is murder shirt” and protest outside a clinic.  For her, being pro-life was more than being anti-abortion… it meant coming alongside teenage parents, helping raise kids that no one wanted, and taking in families who had no place to go.  That’s the kind of pro-life movement we’re talking about.  Pro-life from the womb to the tomb. – See more at: http://www.redletterchristians.org/shane-claiborne-reflects-anniversary-roe-v-wade/#sthash.uXQsKVUv.dpuf

Richard Rohr on Being Fully and Truly ‘Pro-Life’

Cardinal Bernardin, a true friend and confidant while I was in Cincinnati in the 1970s and early 1980s, was the first to publicly call for a “consistent ethic of life.” He made it clear that until the church starts being honest and defending all life from beginning to end, it cannot truthfully call itself “pro-life.” Otherwise, the very moral principle falls apart. All policies that needlessly destroy life—abortion, war, capital punishment, euthanasia, poverty itself, and the selfish destruction of the earth and its creatures—are anti-life and against the fifth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” As you can see, we have a lot of moral maturing to do before we can match the clear non-violent teaching and example of Jesus himself (see Matthew 5:38-48). How can we expect the world to be non-violent when the church itself has not taught it or practiced it in most of its history (except for some Quakers, Mennonites, and Amish)? Continue reading “Richard Rohr on Being Fully and Truly ‘Pro-Life’”

Why I Am Pro-Life – NYTimes.com

Why I Am Pro-Life – NYTimes.com.

‘ In my world, you don’t get to call yourself “pro-life” and be against common-sense gun control — like banning public access to the kind of semiautomatic assault rifle, designed for warfare, that was used recently in a Colorado theater. You don’t get to call yourself “pro-life” and want to shut down the Environmental Protection Agency, which ensures clean air and clean water, prevents childhood asthma, preserves biodiversity and combats climate change that could disrupt every life on the planet. You don’t get to call yourself “pro-life” and oppose programs like Head Start that provide basic education, health and nutrition for the most disadvantaged children. You can call yourself a “pro-conception-to-birth, indifferent-to-life conservative.” I will never refer to someone who pickets Planned Parenthood but lobbies against common-sense gun laws as “pro-life.”

“Pro-life” can mean only one thing: “respect for the sanctity of life.”’