Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What's your definition of "Pro-Life?"

New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman, wrote a thought provoking article, Why I am Pro-Life, that I think is worth sharing a snippet from...

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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.”  - Thomas Friedman

Perhaps as someone concerned about public welfare and the environment you too might want to claim your "pro-life" identity.

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