Last post, I have an overview of what “pro-life” and “pro-family” mean. Today, to expand on this I am going to start with the bare basics – the beliefs and actions that constitute the core of being pro-life and pro-family.
Basically, the core of both is love, and this is the starting point.
To be pro-life is to love other humans. If we love other humans, it is impossible to say that under this or that circumstance it would be OK for them to be killed. The case that takes the forefront of pro-life activism is abortion. This is entirely justifiable for two reasons; one is that abortion kills humans that are entirely innocent and defenceless. The second is that abortion kills considerably more humans than disease or war.
At the same time, to be pro-life is not limited to the worst of cases. Being pro-life also means opposing unnecessary war, preventing starvation and other actions that prevent the loss of human life. Yet, any other pro-life action cannot undermine the most horrendous destruction of human life that the world has seen to date. There are abortion sympathizers who will attempt to use other pro-life ideals to justify abortion, but this is simply not possible. You can’t say, “I am pro-life, so I try to save mothers’ lives by offering them abortions.” That’s simply not pro-life at all.
By humans’ biological nature, a man and a woman are required to create another human life. In God’s plan for the human race, one mother and one father, bound by holy marriage as long as both are alive, bring the lives of several children into the world, raising them together as a family and in God’s love.
At its core, being pro-family means recognizing this basic fact of what a “family” means.
Again, the term “family” extends beyond this both in biological relations and its significance to a community and individuals, but being pro-family needs this concept at its core.
What I’ve laid out today is the core and basis of what pro-life and pro-family mean. They are founded in God’s love for us, which we are meant to share with each other. Without these concepts, we can hardly speak of love for life or family.
Yet, we don’t need to be reminded that our love often falls short of God’s plan. So, the next few posts will look at just that; what happens when God’s plan of love fails? Specifically, how can the love of life and family be extended to people and situations when that love has already failed?