Don’t You DARE Claim To Be PRO-LIFE If You Don’t Love The LIVING

One of the funniest and realest statements I’ve ever heard about extremely conservative pro-lifers is “they love all life beginning from conception – and hate all life beginning at birth.” After getting into a few heated arguments with pro-lifers while watching Deval Patrick and Michelle Obama’s absolutely amazing speeches at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, I realized that the joke I stated above wasn’t just a hilarious jab at extremist ideologies – it was also [unfortunately] very accurate. The problem with far too many conservative Pro-Lifers is their stance on fetuses and embryos does NOT carry over to humans after birth – which makes them hypocritical DOUCHEBAGS.

If you want to be called PRO-LIFE instead of ANTI-CHOICE, then you need to LOVE ALL LIFE and that should affect your everyday stances on issues that can preserve the sanctity and high-quality of the health and well-being of ALL people on this planet, ESPECIALLY those in your country, city, country and neighbourhood. But when you start advocating things that result in directly HURTING people, you no longer are a genuine pro-lifer – you are just a jackass trying to enforce your stringent and anti-intellectual hypotheses on other people. So with that said, here’s a couple of things you CAN’T propagate while considering yourself a PRO-LIFER:

1) Anti-Universal Health-Care

If you advocate having a healthcare system that BENEFITS off of DENYING people coverage, that can also arbitrarily deny people coverage when they need it the MOST and charge people so much money for simple procedures that makes the illness that almost killed them LESS lethal then the bills about to drown them, you are NOT pro-life. Hell, if you think your country doesn’t need to revamp a healthcare system that is 178th in infant mortality, you are a hypocritical DOUCHE.

2) Anti-Gun Control

Nothing says LOVING life more than protecting the outdated and prehistoric “right” to bear arms, which was instituted at a time when the threat of foreign armies literally kicking in your front door was an actual possibility. If your “LOVING” soul doesn’t CRINGE anytime gun-lobbyists show up at a mass-shooting days after the incident while the blood isn’t even completely dry, just to remind everyone how damn GREAT tech-9′s and AR-15′s are, then you are a hypocritical DOUCHE.

3) Anti-Poor

If during a primary party race, you heard a presidential candidate utter the words “if you don’t have a job and you are not rich, blame yourself!” and you actually applauded that BS, you are NOT pro-life. In fact, I would argue that you need to stop thumping the bible, because you are not even a good Christian. I’m not even a Christian, but even I know James 2:2-6 (If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet,’ have you not discriminated among yourselves and becomes judges with evil thoughts).

And I could go on, but I hope you get the point by now. A TRUE pro-lifer is someone that believes ALL life is precious and great extremes can and should be taken to preserve it. NOT because they want to have dominion over someone else’s rights and freedoms, NOT because they want to push religious propaganda, and NOT because they want to gain votes for a political party – they do it because they GENUINELY care about ALL life – in AND out of the womb.

This Is Your Conscience

When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog ThisIsYourConscience.com, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.

21 Comments

  1. lincolnanthonyblades

    09/06/2012 at 5:49 AM

    Ladies & Gentlemen, Do You Believe Someone Can TRULY Be PRO-LIFE And Still Hold Views Such As Being Anti-Gun Control And Anti-Universal Health Care?

  2. petersburgh

    09/06/2012 at 6:58 AM

    Well pro-life means all around so I guess not but realistically no one may be a pure pro-life person in that case. I see pro-life people talk about not aborting children but still encouraging the death penalty so are they really pro-life or are they only talking about the assumed innocent ones?

    • mena

      09/06/2012 at 7:25 AM

      Yep. Innocence vs. guilt.

  3. mena

    09/06/2012 at 7:24 AM

    One they see as murder and the others they see as personal responsibility.

  4. mena

    09/06/2012 at 7:56 AM

    I would say that with your argument, you are kind of being the same way as the pro-lifers that you are so against by advocating the extremes that YOU feel are correct. I wish we could get to a point in our political discourse where name calling and being just outright hateful would stop. But I know that it won't.

    Everything has a grey area and what you listed above has a ton of grey area from healthcare, to gun control, to helping the poor, to even the death penalty. I don't believe in absolute free healthcare for anyone, I don't believe that a person shouldn't be able to buy and own a gun, and I don't believe that it is my job to help the poor stay poor by always giving. On the flip side, I believe that preventative healthcare should be available and damn near cheap for everyone, no one should be able to buy machine guns, and educational training should be given to the poor.

    Even though I see where you were trying to go, I think that pro-lifers see it as a difference bw innocence and personal responsibility.

    Also, the stances above aren't directly hurting anyone but they are indirectly contributing to a bigger problem.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      09/06/2012 at 12:39 PM

      I couldn't disagree more.

      The argument between pro-life and pro-choice is not one predicated on simple moral differences, it's based on extremism. It's the pro-lifers who propagate the idea that everyone who is pro-choice is a godless liberal who does the dougie every time a fetus is aborted. The truth is, most pro-choicers HATE abprtion – but we just recognize its existence as an unfortunate yet sometimes very necessary choice. Most pro-choicers ARE the grey zone.

      From the bible thumpers who stand outside of abortion clinics to the Republicans who tweeted Sandra Fluke is a SLUT just last night during the DNC, explain how I fit into being an extremist?

      If pro-lifers want to thump the bible then all I ask is they show me the passage that states owning AR's and buying weapons from Wal-Mart is the righteous thing to do. Show me the passage that states making healthcare too expensive to afford for most families is good. And then show me the passage that states it's Ok to demonize those with less than you.

      In fact, DON't show me those passages because, knowing the bible, they might be located beside the passages that state homosexuality is wrong and it's OK to enter women into slavery.

      Innocence doesn't end at the womb. What the hell do pro-lifers think is going on at Abortion clinics? Booty-shaking contests?!

      • mena

        09/06/2012 at 3:19 PM

        You are speaking of those that are extreme and I have been lucky and fortunate enough to meet those that are pro-life AND pro-help the needy, less educated, find hospital services, etc. They do actually exist. And on the flip side I have heard on many occasions pro-lifers (women mind you) say "suck the fetus right out" and i know of 4 women who have had abortions and only 1 has had ONE abortion. The other 3 have had 2 or more. There are extremist on both sides. By demonizing one, you are uplifting the other.

        But I see your point now: as long as you are pro-choice, it is ok for you to be anti-gun control, anti-universal healthcare, and anti-poor. But if you are pro-life, then you should be a saint that gives to all to make sure that the well-being of the community is intact.

        I for one know and understand that when someone says they are pro-life, they simply mean they do not believe in abortion and that is it. They don't think past that point. Just like those who are pro-choice, don't think past their point either.

        • mena

          09/06/2012 at 3:21 PM

          Meant: "And on the flip side I have heard on many occasions pro-choicers…"

        • lincolnanthonyblades

          09/06/2012 at 5:02 PM

          But it's the extreme who now frame this issue. I have never said ALL pro-lifers are extreme, but just the same way the Republican party has been co-opted and controlled by the Tea Party, the discussion on Pro-Life is controlled by radicals like Todd Akin who talk BS about things like "legitimate rape."

          If pro-lifers want to continue to proclaim themselves that in all their sanctimonious self-righteousness then YES I WILL hold them to the standard of sainthood. If they DON'T want to be held to that standard then lets just call them what they REALLY are: Anti-choice misogynists.

  5. pe.riche.

    09/06/2012 at 8:38 AM

    This quote sums up everything:

    "I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is."
    -Sister Joan Chittister, Catholic Nun

    • Smilez_920

      09/06/2012 at 9:37 AM

      Plus one and more. I'm going to keep this quote in my pocket.

    • iluvwhoiluv

      09/06/2012 at 1:06 PM

      Powerful quote.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      09/06/2012 at 2:30 PM

      Completely agree with that quote.

  6. NurseJilly

    09/06/2012 at 8:55 AM

    Wow… Great quote

  7. Smilez_920

    09/06/2012 at 10:01 AM

    While some of your examples are a tad extreme, I agree with the gist of the post. Like the quote above I think a lot of ppl are just anti abortion/pro birth.

    I don't get why pro life ppl think they have the right to interfer in the choices I make about my body. If you don't believe in abortion that's great, use that rule of thumb in your own personal life, don't use that rule of thumb to dictate mines. And plz dont give that tired excuse about protecting the fetus life. most of the pol yelling pro- life wont be there to buy food and diapers for my child, they won't be there to take him or her back and forth to school, they won't be there to negotiate a higher salary with my boss because I need more money to help pay for child care etc…

    There are plenty of babies and children in this world that need saving , focus on them and leave grown women alone about their personal choice.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      09/06/2012 at 2:32 PM

      What's funny about many pro-lifers is that they will stand with you during your pregnancy, but the second you have the baby and ask for assistance on ANYthing they will be the FIRST ones campaigning against you.

      • Paul B.

        09/06/2012 at 5:03 PM

        Exactly

  8. iluvwhoiluv

    09/06/2012 at 1:08 PM

    I agree, Smilez, I agree.

  9. Amberr Meadows

    09/07/2012 at 12:13 AM

    Love this!

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      09/07/2012 at 5:23 AM

      Thanks for reading Amberr!

  10. Clemente Horodyski

    06/06/2013 at 3:46 PM

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