Our world seems to be dominated by debates about political correctness and the pursuit of personal freedoms. What happened to conversations about morality and values that are the foundation of our society?
The pro-life standpoint, which champions the sanctity of life and confirms the inherent dignity of every human being, including the unborn, is in the midst of the chaos. As a pro-life community, we need to be bold enough to bring back the respect and honor due to women and children. We can do this by following a few guiding steps.
Step 1: Make sure our narrative accurately portrays the Pro-Life perspective
The pro-life perspective is more than a political stance; it is a value of humanity from conception to natural death. It affirms the value of each person, regardless of their stage in life, abilities, or circumstances. This perspective underscores the understanding that we are made in the image of God, God doesn’t make mistakes, God has given women an inherent strength to carry and give birth to life, the value of children, and the importance of families as fundamental units of society.
Step 2: Real Empowerment of Women
Contrary to popular belief, being pro-life doesn't mean being anti-woman. Being pro-life is about empowering women to recognize the strength and bravery that comes with seeing their pregnancy through to birth. It means the narrative around motherhood should be more than inconvenience. It's about helping women see that they don’t have to choose between their career or education and their child. It's about providing emotional support, real healthcare, and resources to expectant mothers in challenging situations. It’s about changing the messaging to one that tells every woman “Wow! You are about to do something amazing!”
Honoring women by advocating for flexible work hours, affordable childcare, and access to prenatal and postnatal care are all in action today. When we promote organizations that provide resources for unplanned pregnancies, we show women that there is no shame or weakness in choosing motherhood. When society promotes organizations that want to strip motherhood away from women, the message is simply that they are not truly able to do “anything” and isn’t that contrary to the feminist message?
Step 3: Valuing Children as God’s Very Own
Being pro-life values everyone. Seeing children not as burdens, but as unique individuals with potential goes beyond merely advocating for the unborn; it extends to respecting and protecting children and guiding them to grow and continue to change the world in ways God intended.
Each of us must be willing to provide help in some meaningful way. Mentoring, providing safe people in their lives, and being role models of kindness, respect, and responsibility.
Step 4: Promoting a Culture of Life
Honoring women and children from a pro-life perspective means fostering a culture of life—a culture that values every human being. It means standing against practices that devalue life, whether it's abortion, euthanasia, or violence.
You can make a difference. Use your social media platforms to promote a culture of life through stories that show the beauty of life at all stages. Support pro-life organizations. Advocate for laws and policies that protect the most vulnerable among us. Use your voice to spread a message of hope, love, and respect for all human life above all else.
Step 5: Lead with kindness
The pro-life perspective is about kindness and love. We can choose to engage with those who think differently than us with a willingness to engage in respectful dialogue. Showing kindness to others and fulfilling our call to love others as we love ourselves is the foundation for these conversations.
Ultimately, regaining our morals and values to honor women and children from a pro-life standpoint is not just about changing policies; it's about changing hearts.
Published on Monday, September 11, 2023 @ 1:58 PM EDT