Confession Friday: Why I don’t support March for Life

I’m Catholic. I’m Republican. And I hate March for Life. Contradictory? Enraging? Either way, let me explain.

Whether we want to admit it or not, whether it’s politically correct, insensitive, cruel, evil or harsh: it’s too late to do anything about these fetuses that have already been aborted. No march and no picket sign is going to bring them back. Signs, words–they do no good. You want to change someone’s opinion? Do it through your actions. How much more powerful would this day be if instead of wasting all this time, money and energy on busing ourselves to a march in front of a White House, filled by a president who does not give a flying f**k about this issue no matter how many people are on his lawn…what if instead…we made it a day of ministry, instead of focusing on the aborted we focused on reaching out to the women who had gone through this issue, focused on raising awareness of resources pregnant women could turn to. What if instead of lining up and praying outside of Planned Parenthood, we spread brochures, flyers, and word of mouth about pregnancy resource centers that women could go to?

The women who have gone through this procedure need help, compassion and Christ. But flaunting picket signs in their face condemning their act as an atrocity that should be illegalized isn’t going to get them to come back to church.

I’m certain that Christ never held a picket sign, nor promoted a march. What he did do, however, was lead by example–Example of one-on-one, personal, caring acts. He talked to each person he ministered to as an individual. He was a Savior because he went through every single thing one of us does–temptation, loneliness, sadness and more. He was able to minister so effectively because when a person was sick or hurt or broken, he knew what that feeling was like. We should be ministering to these women, not with signs but with love and compassion. And before we raise those picket signs and voices, shouldn’t we try to be more like Christ and think first to how these women must have felt during that time? The confusion, the guilt, the terror, the loneliness. How would Christ have responded to those emotions? With a march? No.

Also, when I say this, know that I speak from the experience of someone who went to a crazy, right-wing, conservative breeding ground of a college. And I know for a certainty that a good majority of the people who are attending March for Life today are the same people who were toting their anti gun-control legislation in my face all over social media two weeks ago. Let’s recall their argument? Just because you make it illegal, doesn’t mean it will go away. Banning the sale of guns won’t stop it–people will just go to more dangerous measures to get them.

Is this not the same exact thing with abortion? You cannot, and will not, stop abortion. Even if you manage to get it legislated as an illegal act, it will still happen. Just because you make it illegal, doesn’t mean it will go away. Banning the sale of guns abortion won’t stop it–people will just go to more dangerous measures to get them. If only the people attending this march would realize the statuses they posted last week about gun legislation are applicable to abortion legislation as well.

Either way, the march this year will accomplish nothing. President Obama just signed into law the most radical health care reform this nation has ever seen–one requiring employers to provide insurance that pays for drugs and surgeries associated with abortion. He’s not going to change his mind a month later. You want to make a difference? You want to make a stand? Then take your passion and your faith and go do something. Follow Christ’s example and serve.




4 thoughts on “Confession Friday: Why I don’t support March for Life

  1. This is a great message. There’s a funny episode of Seinfeld where Kramer refuses to wear an “AIDS ribbon” – he doesn’t see the point of symbolism-for-the-sake-of-symbolism. I’m of a similar mentality. All the time, effort, and money that goes into “awareness” campaigns or “showing of solidarity” would better be spent in true problem solving.

  2. “Hate” is a very strong word, but that’s okay, I agree with you. I used to be a Republican — a very staunch Republican, about as staunch as I am a Catholic — but the more allow myself to truly experience Christ’s freedom, the more I see all the politicization as nonsense.

    I don’t believe in picketing, I don’t believe in praying at abortion clinics, I don’t believe in dragging my kids around as I politicize my belief system. Know why? Because I wouldn’t be raising my children, comforting my husband and availing myself (preparing myself spiritually, too) to the needs of others — or, like you said, I wouldn’t be SERVE-ing.

    People are getting lost in their own whirlwind and losing sight of Christ. For what they deem a great “moral good.” At the risk of their own spiritual lives or the spiritual lives of those dependent on them. And then, what future abortion are they preventing if they keep preaching to the choir? Or the dead monuments in DC? It’s very sad.

    Thanks for your post. Kudos.

  3. Wow, thank you for this. I find that religion has been lost in the politics–that people are too busy condemning actions like abortion instead of truly thinking about it. You seem to be one of the few people who realize that women who get abortions aren’t evil antagonists, and they don’t deserve the hate they receive. They need support and guidance, after the fact and also before, because it’s a stressful and painful decision that they really don’t want to make. So many other conservatives approach this issue with a “holier-than-thou” attitude, ostracizing women who get abortions, but that will do nothing but fuel the flames. You are spot on: that energy and effort should be spent on how their religion tells them they should be treating people, on service and love, support and compassion–not on condemning and beating down those who go against their beliefs while they preach the importance of “awareness.” If only people would take their religion to heart instead of using it as reason to protest, which does more harm than good. Again, thank you for writing this. It’s insightful and very wise, and shows how truly passionate you are about your faith.

  4. It makes me sad to think that the church has got bogged down with issues that are really minor compared to the myriad issues and pain that many in the world face. It has brought us to the place where we have to think twice before admitting we are Christian, not because we are ashamed of Christ or His gospel, but because we are ashamed of what His people have become associated with. As you rightly said, just having laws is not going to stop abortion, as Christ’s hands and feet we need to come alongside women who are going through abortion, because they see no other option, and we need to support them in practical ways.

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