Why the Peace Movement Should Be Pro-Life
The peace movement, or antiwar movement, can loosely be defined as a social movement that strives to achieve the end of a particular war or any war, to minimize violence between humans in a particular place or type of situation, and for the goal of achieving world peace. The pro-life Movement can loosely be defined as a group of people dedicated to the protection of human life at all stages, from conception until death, and to the promotion of the well-being of young mothers. The peace movement and the pro-life Movement are not incongruous in their missions. They both want to stop violence against human life.
There is war in the world and it is threatening the lives of millions of people. Some in the peace movement may not make distinctions between just war and unjust war, they are just against war. They may look at young soldiers as innocent youths being sent off against their will to the slaughter. The reality is that the US troops currently engaged overseas are all voluntary enlistments. The number of casualties from both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom is over 5,700 American soldiers. We pray for the repose of their souls and for their families, and thank them for the gift of their service and for their ultimate sacrifice in defense of American ideals and freedom. All war is a tragedy and any loss of American soldiers is a tragedy.
There is also abortion in the world and it is threatening the lives of millions of people. The estimated number of abortions in the United States during 2008 was 1,206,200 Americans. The death toll is over 49,500,000 lives lost to abortion in the United States since its legalization in 1973. The reality is that there are millions of innocent people being sent against their will to the slaughter. No baby would choose to be killed rather than to have a chance to live, love, and laugh, to grow up, to become someone, even to become a soldier and defend this great country that will not currently defend him or her. Babies are not enlisting voluntarily for abortion.
War happens for a variety of reasons. Threats to national security, economics, foreign invasion, anything that threatens societal stability can be a lead-up to war. War should never be entered into lightly, as the consequences can be catastrophic and cannot be fully known in advance. One should never enter a war without being prepared to accept the consequences, including casualties.
Abortion happens for a variety of reasons as well. People may be afraid to have a child, they may feel inconvenienced, people may want a right to intimacy with no responsibility, they may feel financially threatened by a child. They may feel that the stability of the world as they have known it is threatened. Sexual relationships should never be entered into lightly, as the consequences can and should be life-changing and are never fully known in advance. One should never enter into a sexual relationship without being prepared to accept the natural consequence: children. This is not to say that every act of sexual unity will be fertile; it cannot be, by design. But the partakers in such a relationship must be willing and prepared to accept the child of their union as a natural and expected outcome of being intimate with one another, even if creating such a child was not their intent.
The peace movement would like to see problems ironed out without resorting to violence, especially violence against innocent parties. The pro-life movement would also like to see problems ironed out without resorting to violence against the innocent. The two can agree on this point. Innocent lives, lives caught in the crossfire of problems created by others than themselves, ought to be protected, preserved, and allowed to live.
The peace movement cannot be considered credible in their anti-violence sentiments until they become willing to champion all innocent lives threatened by violence and become pro-life. The violent ‘solution’ of abortion is incongruous with non-violent antiwar sentiments and the casualties are mounting. In order for one to remain intellectually honest and maintain moral integrity, one cannot be both pro-choice and anti-war.
All I am saying is give life a chance.