How Pro-Life Are You?

This article was published in the following newspapers:

Norris City Banner – Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Ridgway News – Thursday, August 28, 2008
Gallatin County Democrat – Thursday, August 28, 2008
Anna Melissa Tribune – Friday, August 29, 2008


How Pro-Life Are You?

There are many millions of people in America who call themselves “pro-life”. But how pro-life are they, really? They are certainly willing to yell loudly about the evils of abortion.  But do their convictions run any deeper than mere words?

My wife and I have discussed this issue in some detail. We are appalled at the number of mothers who are willing to murder their children before they are even born. And we are angered at the doctors who accept money to perform these murders. But we have made up our minds to do more than just complain. If we tell people not to do this, then we had better be willing to put our money where our mouth is.

So, if we met a girl or a woman thinking about having an abortion, what would we do?

First, we would let her know that murder is never an option. No matter how she became pregnant, taking the innocent life of a child will not solve the problem. Abortion is off-limits, regardless of circumstances.

Second, we would personally accept as much of her burden as possible. We would not require her to pay for childbirth, and we would not ask her to figure out how to feed, clothe, educate, and raise her child. Rather, my wife and I would offer to pay all of her doctor bills, and to adopt the child as our own. We would take full responsibility to feed, clothe, and educate her child.

This is not going beyond the call of duty. Rather, this is the minimum any couple should be willing to do, for the sake of saving a precious human life. Anything less is not sufficient to be called “pro-life”.

I also have to wonder about the hypocrisy of “pro-choice” advocates. First of all, I find it very interesting that they believe a woman’s choice applies to the murder of children, but not to the bedroom. I believe that a woman has the “right to choose” not to get in bed with a man in the first place. Does that make me “pro-choice”? Second, many pro-choice advocates claim that they want abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare”. They claim that they would like to see the number of abortions reduced. Yet how many of them would be willing to take the path that my wife and I have suggested? If pro-choice advocates are truly interested in reducing the number of abortions, then where are their offers to pay the women’s doctor bills? Where are their offers to adopt the children that are born as a result?

I encourage everyone to take a broad approach in the goal to save the lives of little children. We should keep reminding the public that abortion is murder. But we must not stop with mere words. We should put our money where our mouth is, and accept the full consequences of our position. If fewer abortions are performed, then more blessed children will be born, and we need to take the responsibility to love and raise them ourselves. Thankfully, some groups in America do help women choose adoption, rather than abortion.  I just pray that even more people will make personal decisions to help hurting women, as well as their children. Life-saving does not stop when the child is born!

If you happen to be a woman considering having an abortion, and you are reading this article, then give a call to me and my wife. Or send us an email. — We are here to help you!

~ Joseph M. Gleason

About Fr Joseph Gleason

I serve as a priest at Christ the King Orthodox Mission in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with eight children and one lovely wife. I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity. I also blog here at The Orthodox Life.
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