More than “Anti-Abortion”

Commenting on a new “abortion rights” campaign that tries to normalize the statistic “1 in 3 women will have an abortion by the age of 45,” Simcha Fischer highlights the fact that 1 in 3 does not equate with normality. Nor does it take into account the faces of those numbers–the faces of many women who were unwilling, coerced, or physically forced to terminate their pregnancies. Her article “Who are the One in Three?” is worth reading and sharing.

This campaign, seeking to de-stigmatize abortion, subtly vilifies the pro-life movement. Young women who feel they have no options must be reassured that we are not simply anti-abortion. We care for the woman, for her child, and are committed to helping these women find support.

Leslie Elliott, in the annual pro-life issue of Lay Witness, recently offered practical tips on how to take your pro-life convictions further than the abortion-clinic sidewalk.

Here are 10 ways to be more than just anti-abortion:

1. Work on developing deeper friendships, in particular with those who may only share a partial view of our pro-life vision.

2. Promote the Gospel of Life whenever possible, with gentleness and compassion.

3. Promote the pro-life position through arguments that are based on natural law and human rights, making the movement understandable and open to as many people as possible.

4. Befriend a single mom and her child/ children and help them meet their needs.

5. Promote adoption as a beautiful option.

6. Support your local pro-life pregnancy center.

7. Visit the elderly, especially those who are homebound or in nursing homes.

8. Get involved with the pro-life group and activities at your own parish.

9. Pick a national or international pro-life charity or organization to support through prayer and finances.

10. Sponsor a friend who has had an abortion to attend a Project Rachel retreat.

(Read the full article “Friendship at the Service of Life” here, and for more information on subscribing to¬†Lay Witness, check out our website.)

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