“Pro-lifers don’t really care about protecting human life because (fill in the blank)” has become almost cliché in politics.
And right now, the accusations are focused on gun violence after two tragic mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia.
MSNBC opinion columnist Dean Obeidallah wrote a scathing criticism of pro-life Republicans this week in response to the tragedies, slamming them for “ignoring the very real deadly threat posed to Americans every day.”
Citing statistics, he said more than 100 people are killed by gun violence every day in the U.S. In Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado this month, 18 people were killed in the two mass shootings, he continued.
“Given that the Republican Party prides itself on being the ‘pro-life’ party, you might think it would be doing everything in its power to save lives from leading causes of death — like guns, for example. That’s what ‘pro-life’ means, right?” Obeidallah wrote. “Wrong.”
But Obeidallah is the one who gets the whole issue wrong.
The real problem is not with pro-lifers. It’s with those like Obeidallah who refuse to acknowledge that babies in the womb are valuable human beings who deserve to be protected from violence, too.
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Pro-lifers from all political persuasions – Republican, Democrat, independent and third party — are focused on saving lives from what is by far the leading cause of death in America: abortion. And the movement constantly is up against efforts to delegitimize its work to help babies and mothers.
Unborn babies are a cause worth fighting for. Every year, nearly 1 million unborn babies are violently and intentionally killed in abortions, their lives and futures destroyed. From the moment of conception, these babies are living human beings with their own unique DNA. This is not just a religious or philosophical belief, either. It is grounded in science.
Obeidallah and others attack the pro-life cause because it is not legitimate in their minds. They do not believe that unborn babies are valuable human beings who deserve a right to life, so they do not see pro-lifers’ work as important. Significantly, many also don’t want to actually argue their position. It’s easier to falsely accuse pro-lifers of being hypocrites than it is to defend their own position, which condones violence against millions of innocent children.