I note that the Irish Times has finally admitted what many pro-lifers have known for some time they will not use the term ‘pro-life,’ except when they are actually quoting someone who has used the expression, instead they will use the description ‘anti abortion’. Clearly the idea of accepting the term at face value sticks in their pluralistic craw.
Their attitude tells us quite a lot about the mentality behind their refusal to accept the term. First there is a denial that the act of abortion, takes a life, that it actually kills a baby, another human being. We have been told many times that it simply a ‘bunch of cells’ or that it is only potential life rather than human life with potential.
Then there is an ideology, the idea that abortion is a legitimate choice expressed as the so-called ‘right to choose’. We all have choices, life is full of choices and we can choose life or death. Can someone who commits murder because that is his or her choice be seen as making a legitimate choice? Of course not and yet the pretence that, either there is no human life present or that there is a right to choose to terminate a life simply because it is inconvenient, is no different.
Those who are pro-abortion like to hide behind the expression pro-choice and become very agitated when they are described as being pro-abortion.
We are pro-life because we wish to protect all life, both the life of an unborn baby and the right to life of a mother and we say categorically that you should not choose to end either life. Rather each life must be recognized as being valuable, having dignity and the right to live, the right to survive.
We are often reminded of hard cases such as pregnancy following rape. In such a case the rapist should face the full rigour of the law but there are two victims and each must be cared for and protected. The Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes that “The child by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth”.