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Pro-Life Atheists: A Small Community But a Crucial Ally

— Posted by Warren (March 30, 2012 at 8:53 am)

Pro-life atheist booth at 2012 American Atheist Convention, LifeSiteNews

The Christian faith has been the most prominent voice in the pro-life movement since abortion came into public scrutiny.

It’s amazing how one single issue like abortion has managed to unite multiple Christian churches in an ecumenical movement history has seldom seen. Catholics, Orthodox, Lutherans, Baptists, Mormons, and a mix of other denominations have taken a stand against the killing of the unborn. Even non-Christian faiths like Judaism and Buddhism have pro-life communities.

But seldom is a word heard from atheism. Surely someone who doesn’t believe in God would subsequently have no problem with the killing of an unborn child? Thankfully, that isn’t the case, and there is an astounding presence of atheists in the pro-life community that emphasizes secular reasoning as the key to a pro-life stance.

Secular Pro-Life attended the recent American Atheist Convention, causing a (mostly positive) stir among respectful atheists and religious pro-lifers alike.

Secular pro-lifers (here’s their website: SecularProLife.org) echo the exact same argument that a Christian pro-lifer would use against abortion (that scientifically, life begins at conception and must be protected). But because of their separation from any religious establishment, they need more prominence in the pro-life community to prove to the world that a pro-life belief is not esoteric to any single religion.

I’ve only met a handful of atheist pro-lifers in my experience. The one I recall most easily was a fellow I met online, the son of a Planned Parenthood doctor. After reading of Planned Parenthood’s practices in the abortion industry, and how they want ultrasounds to be hidden from mothers expecting abortion, he simply made the logical decision to become pro-life. He’s never set foot in a church, yet that never stopped him from seeing the light of truth that the pro-life stance offers.

I’ve also met a handful of religious pro-lifers who don’t trust atheists in the abortion movement, suggesting that atheists have an ulterior motive to their pro-life beliefs, and subsequently isolating them from the movement. I cannot agree with this standpoint, because the pro-life community needs all the allies we can find.

And so I encourage pro-lifers of all faiths to be open to one another in seeing our belief not merely as a Christian movement but a moral one. Though we may disagree with others on our belief in God, having such a diverse pro-life movement can only be an asset to us.

[Photo above via LifeSiteNews: Kristine Kruszelnicki, Kelsey Hazzard, and Michael Crone at the 2012 American Atheist Convention]

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3 Comments on “Pro-Life Atheists: A Small Community But a Crucial Ally”

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  1. Addyson says:

    I’d love to hear more about their philosophy!

    Thanks for your article… I loved your points.

    Comment posted March 31st, 2012 at 2:00 pm
  2. Mark V says:

    I’m an atheist pro-lifer from Australia. Yes, I do sense mistrust from the church-dominated pro-life movement in regards to atheist pro-lifers. The perception from the general public is that pro-lifers are nothing but Bible-thumping religious zealots, and I feel that religiously-oriented arguments against abortion can prevent atheists from relating to the message. However, if the pro-life movement were to emphasise science and morality rather than divine spiritual belief in speaking with the public, I believe that the pro-life message would carry more weight. I would also highlight the role that eugenics have played in the history of abortion, in addition to the medical harm caused by abortion and how medical companies profit from the abortion industry. A large number of the most militant pro-abortionists are often the same types who speak ill of those faceless corporations who profit from the misery of the disadvantaged. It’s time to call out these people for their ignorance and remind them that by advocating the expansion of the abortion industry, they support shady medical multinationals who are developing quicker and more accessible means of eugenics and infanticide. You don’t need to be religious in order to oppose abortion, because you don’t need a Bible to see the greed and corruption that drives the abortion industry, just as you don’t need divine faith in order to take a stand in the name of humanity.

    Comment posted April 2nd, 2012 at 6:20 am
  3. Benjamin says:

    I am fairly secular myself considering I am a deist. However, at the same time, there are simply needs to limit and reduce abortion, and save it as an option for cases of rape.

    Limits on abortion are neccessary for realizing how abortion can go. Sex-selection is a rampant problem for abortion in China and India, and honestly, it would be a nightmare to me to see evidence of any sort of sex-selection going on in our own abortion industry. People are valuable, regardless of their gender. I wouldn’t mind as a man if all my children turned out to be daughters, that’s just the way nature shined on me. Why disregard the value of my wife, and my own unborn children’s lives because of their gender?

    Being denied life experience is abhorrent to me. Think from a religious standpoint of how horrible it would be to be denied an experience of learning, of experiencing happiness, sadness, failure, or success in life, all in between your existence and returning to God in Heaven? Is it abhorrent to be denied your mortal existence, with all it’s ups and downs?

    It’s more than reasonable that in a secular standpoint, being denied the life experience is so abhorrent to those who don’t believe in God.
    Why? Because the chance to be successful, the chance to be an advocate for human rights, the opportunity to rise above one’s circumstances, are being denied a person. Put in mind, I would also argue that plenty of secular individuals don’t like the concept of someone who is not guilty of any wrongdoing being denied the chance at life. It’s not something that should ever be taken lightly.

    Anyways, those are a few words from a deist who is strongly against abortion.

    Comment posted August 23rd, 2012 at 4:26 pm