And everyone like her. Everyone on “the other side.” The “pro-aborts” and the “radicals.”
We need to have a conversation.
We made a post recently mentioning that we should watch Stacey Abrams’ Democrat response to President Trump’s State of the Union as it is highly suspected that she will be running for US Senate next year against Senator David Perdue.
Many folks responded by talking about voter dynamics in Georgia and her prospects in another statewide election here. But, some took the opportunity to make personal attacks on Stacey, calling her names, making unfounded accusations, insulting her physical appearance, and even making suggestively violent comments.
I hope you can see that this is obviously a problem.
Let me reiterate something that, perhaps forgotten in the fray of heated partisan politics over the last few years, we’ve lost sight of:
The pro-life position is a pro-woman position. It is pro-dignity, nonpartisan, non-sectarian, and hinges solely on the sanctity of all human life – for both the born and preborn, male and female, rich and poor, Republican and Democrat, healthy and disabled, religious and nonreligious, and regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity – because all life is made in the image of God.
That’s why we work to create positive alternatives for pregnancy and parenting, but we also oppose things like sex trafficking, advocate for dignity and accessibility for the differently-abled, ensure every child has a safe and loving home, AND oppose abortion.
This isn’t about conceding a single premise of our beliefs. We can and should disagree on politics, policy, and philosophy with those who don’t advocate for the sanctity of human life. This is simply about being consistent with how and where we apply those beliefs.
Pro-lifers passionately argue against exceptions when it comes to anti-abortion laws, but many seem perfectly content to carve out exceptions for valuing the dignity and lives of our political and ideological opponents. That has to end.
For the pro-life movement to truly be effective, let alone survive, we must recognize that if we are unable to love the abortion doctor, Democrat politician, and mother in crisis as much as we love babies in the womb, we’ve already lost.
It’s time for us to put aside political rhetoric that divides and unite behind the only thing that should matter as we advocate for the pro-life position: all life is precious.
Joshua Edmonds is the Executive Director of Georgia Life Alliance, the state affiliate for National Right to Life.