|To the Editor: Abortion is not the only pro-life concern|
|Written by Carol Tyson|
|Wednesday, 06 February 2013 09:12|
This year I was again fortunate to participate in the March for Life in Washington, DC. I was glad to see there was more media recognition of how many people participated. CNN ran a line at the bottom of the TV screen saying 500,000 people marched.
However, some of the stories in the various papers labeled us as an "anti-abortion" protest rather than a "pro-life" demonstration. There was reference to "anti-abortionists" only caring about the unborn baby and not caring about life after birth. You cannot be part of the pro-life movement for long, before realizing that devaluing life at any stage devalues us all.
The pro-life movement has recognized the unborn child is not the only victim with each abortion. There are long range studies indicating significant relationships between abortion and medical and emotional problems for women as well as evidence of emotional effects on fathers of aborted children. Also, the abortion issue is not the only concern of those who are pro-life. In the words of Pope John Paul II, we also seek aid and support ".. of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy." Pro-lifers of various denominations, as well as secular groups, donate time and money to providing services to all of these.
In regard to pregnant women in need, pro-lifers may provide free prenatal care, clothing, furnishings, room and board, love and support. Often pro-life doctors volunteer no-cost medical help and pro-life lawyers donate legal aid to help with adoptions. Many of these services are coordinated by numerous abortion alternative centers throughout the United States for free.
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