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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Why don't more pro-lifers resort to violence?

This post from the AntiAbortion Gang gave me a lot to think about today, so I thought I'd share it here. You can read through Ben from Canada's impression of pro-lifers, and my and the AntiAbortion Gang's thoughts on his post.

I always find it surprising when someone asks, "Well, if you really believe that fertilized eggs are people, then why don't you do more to protect them?" These people don't actually understand what it means to be pro-life, or what the goals of the pro-life movement are. Sure, if we kill a few abortionists then some babies might be saved. But abortion is so prevalent in our society that another clinic, another abortionist, will simply pop up to take the deceased's place. How does that solve anything? It doesn't. Our goal (or at least, what I believe our goal should be) is to induce a cultural shift. Unborn children need to be viewed as valuable and precious, not burdens. Pregnancy needs to be viewed as a natural, spiritual experience, not as a terrifying, horrible ordeal. People need to realize that all human life, and indeed all life, has value. And besides, as pro-lifers, should we not fight for the right of ALL human lives? Are not abortionists human? Are they not people? Could they not repent sometime in the future? We never know who or what someone will become. And ending someone's life on the assumption that they will always be who they are, and that their life will always seem as bleak as it does now, is the height of arrogance. That applies to both the lives of the unborn and the lives of those who are actively pro-choice. Pro-life, pro-love. Love and life for everybody. No matter who they are, no matter where they are, no matter what their age. <3  

Disclaimer: In no way am I suggesting that abortionists should not be punished for their actions - I simply want to stress that it is not our place, nor anyone's place, to use the threat of violence or death to make a point.


  1. If we tried to kill all abortionists, it would amount to a civil war because abortion is sanctioned by the state and the state would step in to quash organized violent opposition to abortion. And the present conditions are not present to make this kind of civil war moral (as per Just Revolution Theory). For one thing, we would need the support of the majority of the population. Which we do not have in Canada. If we had that kind of support we'd just vote in pro-lifers. Another point: pro-lifers have not tried every means. There are many pro-lifers who are not active in their opposition to abortion. So we have not exhausted all peaceful means.

  2. There is another reason we don't resort to violence. Simply put, 2 wrongs don't make a right. Killing abortionists, or even bombing clincs, would do what exactly?

    As Suzanne stated on my post, "We would cause more harm than good in killing abortionists (as it would turn people against us and set back the campaign to fight for the right to life).".

    Why would we want to alienate people who are pro-life at heart? We wouldn't.

    BTW Dolce, I just checked my traffic sources and found your post. Thank you for spreading the word. The more of us there are that spread the message, the sooner we will reach our goal of making abortion unthinkable.

  3. Anti Abortion Gang - no problem! I love reading your blog :)