I know it might surprise you. I'm pretty loudly and proudly liberal, right? So why on earth would I ever identify as Pro-Life?
First of all, I hate that there are divisive labels that force you into one side vs the other. And the divisions are seriously hardcore and extreme, it seems.
I've long identified as Pro-Choice. With a broad definition of what choice means. Contrary to one-sided belief, it doesn't mean I love to kill unborn babies. It doesn't mean I'm ignorant or unfaithful about when life begins. It doesn't mean I'm running around telling women to get knocked up so they can have an abortion. Pro-Choice doesn't mean Pro-Abortion.
I believe that Pro-Choice means there needs to be a focus on CHOICES.
But I'm getting off track. You're clicking over to find out why I'm stating that I'm Pro-Life.
In the past days, weeks, months... my news sources have been overwhelmed and over flowing with stories that show me just how much this country doesn't value life.
Bunches of people can show up at an abortion clinic or in Washington D.C. to rally and protest in behalf of unborn babies... but not so many of those same folks are standing up and saying they are truly Pro-Life.
Because being Pro-Life, to me, means that I value life. All life. All aspects of life.
And my heart breaks and mourns when life is trashed. Whether it's a black woman at a traffic stop, a black man at a traffic stop, or the life of a lion.
Lives matter. Black lives, Asian lives, White lives, Phillipino lives. This country is so very very very broken when it comes to race and how we see each other. I'll admit that I've ridden the wave - the one that once said we shouldn't see color but now says we should validate our differences.
When it comes to Cecil the lion... I value the lives of animals but I'm also realistic about animals and the lives they lead. What concerns me, as someone who is Pro-Life, is that someone was so unappreciative of the beauty of living that he violently and haphazardly took the life of another living creature.
When I see people trolling the internet, leaving mean and hateful comments... when people post their opinions on Facebook without realizing the hurt they may be causing... it makes me realize how many people who use the label "Pro-Life" maybe aren't as "pro" about the lives of others as they claim to be.
So I'm claiming "Pro-Life." Not because I want to jump into the abortion debate. I'm still firmly pro-choice (and anti-abortion) an that one. But I am trying to live my life as someone who is pro-life in bigger and more ways.
Wanting equality in rights for all people.
Wanting children to be free from poverty.
Wanting everyone to have access to affordable and quality healthcare.
Wanting a justice system that is actually just.
Wanting a prison system that actually provides rehabilitation.
Wanting animals to be respected, treated with kindness.
Wanting senior citizens to have safe, happy lives in their final years.
Wanting women to live lives of equality in all ways.
Wanting all lives in the world to have access to clean water, ample food, safe and comfortable dwellings.
Wanting all people to be free from abuse.
Wanting all people to have hearts free from whatever drives them to be abusive or hateful or violent.
Life should be valued and protected and held dear in all aspects. That's what I strive for. And sometimes, it's the only way I find any hope amidst all of the murder and violence and fear and anxiety in the world.