By Julia Amting
So this is the weekend.
The weekend that I distinctly remember being oh so tension packed last year, with the Women’s March and Donald Trump’s Inauguration and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade all in succession. Talk about controversy.
Last year I, just like many of you, experienced and was the recipient of a lot of anger, and a spirit of defensiveness, bitterness, and resentment penetrated my life in a way that it never has before. I was forced to confront what I believe about a lot of things, and figure out what it really meant to be pro-life, pro-woman.
I am passionate about the pro-life cause. I have held many leadership positions in a Students for Life group, and have spent hours at protests.
I could write paragraphs about how wrong abortion is, and give you a pro-life apologetics essay right here and now. I could tell you all about how much I believe abortion hurts women and undermines our culture, how deeply it saddens me to see lives ended and lives scarred. How a human fetus is scientifically a human, having a blood type and heartbeat all of its own, a separate entity in its mothers womb. I could rant about how ethically wrong that is, without even getting into my Catholic Christian convictions.
But that’s not why I chose to write this.
I’ve talked to many who are pro-life as a result of another belief. “I’m Republican, so I’m pro-life”, “I’m Christian, so I’m pro-life.”
It’s become a wedge issue. One of those things like the economy or health care or taxes that are partisan and almost literally unsolvable without some serious critical thinking skills. It’s become something that we become angry about and wait for others up in authority positions to fix. Anger doesn’t solve anything. And while amazing things have been accomplished, in our own social circles it’s merely played as a hot-topic argument that everyone has an opinion about, but few completely understand.
BUT IT’S SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT.
I’m learning that if I choose to stand behind being pro-life, I’m not just standing behind a political ideology or an opinion.
Ladies and Gentleman, a disrespect for the dignity of life is a real problem. A problem that is taking lives (3000 unborn babies per DAY in the US alone) and a problem that is starting with you and me.
We have abortions in such high numbers because we have such high numbers of men and women who don’t know their worth, their dignity, how much they deserve real love, how valuable their lives are, how beautiful their sexuality is.,
Being pro-life has a way deeper meaning. It means we are pro ALL life. The lives of the elderly, the immigrants, the refugees. Our own families and friends and boyfriends and the girl that drives you crazy and the child with down syndrome and the murderer in prison.
It was a startling realization for me when i discovered that by saying I’m pro-life I represent something so much bigger than a wedge issue. That to promote a culture of life I need to treat all human life like it’s valuable. All humans regardless of their status or their religion or their sins like they are temples of the Holy Spirit, fearfully and wonderfully made.
Being pro-life lies in how we treat others. When I am unkind, treat people like they are not worth my time, tear people down, focus on selfish interests, don’t go out of my way to make life better, then I am a hypocrite. And I often am. Being pro-life and being unkind and judgmental cannot coexist because it is a paradox. A paradox that is giving the pro-life movement a bad rep.
Call me an idealist, but I’ve learned that the root of all huge, seemingly unsolvable problems lies within the culture, and because we live in this beautiful country we can truly say that our laws, our leaders, our government is nothing but a product of us.
Illegalizing abortion is not just about a law that we need to overturn. We need to revamp a culture that currently has a dwindling respect for life, born or unborn.
Look at this massive cause that we are called to represent, as Christians, as humans. We need to rekindle the joy in our lives. Make others feel loved so they aren’t driven to compromise their dignity or anyone else’s.
I can’t emphasize enough that it comes from the inside out. That we’re not just waiting around for lawmakers. That we need to transform a culture of death into a culture of life, in whatever way we’re called to do that.
It’s a transformative cause, not a wedge issue.
Prayers for all marching in DC this weekend! ❤