Letter to the Editor: Respecting The Term ‘Pro-Life’
Published: October 23, 2008
To the Editor:
Like (The Georgia Bulletin) Oct. 2 letter writers Susan Schmidt and Brenda Stoll, I too am anti-abortion; however, I disagree with their underlying conclusion that McCain and Palin’s party is “impassioned on protecting life at every stage.” Clarity of thought is compromised when people who are against abortion go on to apply the ‘pro-life’ term to all people who are against abortion, but who do not aspire to a true respect for life ethic. Any respectful and authentic use of the word pro-life includes not only an opposition to abortion, but also an opposition to war; capital punishment; euthanasia; destruction of our environment for political and financial gain; as well as a demand that our legislators work on behalf of the quality of life for all Americans, which includes jobs with a true living wage; quality public education in all parts of our cities, suburbs and countrysides; and adequate health care/insurance for all.
Therefore I will continue to be anti-abortion, but I respectfully suggest that no one should apply the term pro-life to themselves or to others unless they also accept the totality of the pro-life message as lived and taught by Jesus Christ.
Pat Wilson, Marietta