Being Pro-Life means being Pro-Social Justice

Father James Martin, SJ wrote in a recent article:

I am pro-life.

That means that I’m also pro-social justice.

That means that I am not only for the dignity of the human being from the moment of conception, but also for the dignity of the human being until the natural end of life. For life does not end with birth. A person who is truly pro-life is pro-all life, pro-every stage of life, pro-every stage of life for every person. For all life is sacred, because all life is created by God.

That means that I support anything that helps a person live a full, healthy and satisfying life, in every part of the world. So I am for care for the poor, for a living wage, for affordable health care, for adequate housing, for a humane work environment, for equal pay for women, for generous child care, for the support of the aged and the infirm.

That means I support caring for the marginalized among us: the refugee, the migrant, the displaced person, the homeless, the unemployed, the person with disabilities, the single mother, women who are abused, minorities of every kind who are persecuted, and all those who feel left out, mocked, lonely, ignored or frightened.

 

Read the entire article: https://publicorthodoxy.org/2017/02/02/pro-life-social-justice/#more-2162

One thought on “Being Pro-Life means being Pro-Social Justice

  • April 14, 2020 at 3:10 pm
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    Fr. Martin,
    Thanks for your comment. I am wondering, are there ways of promoting this sort of thinking in ‘prolife’ communities? I often find that folks ‘take up sides’ in the political battles to the point of if they identify as ‘prolife’ they feel they have to support the current administration’s immigration and refugee policies and a resistance to raising minimum wage of even considering the benefits of universal healthcare, whilst folks on the other ‘side’ seem to dig in their heels on the abortion issue, not even willing to see the ‘social justice’ foundations of the prolife movment and how those foundations are the same as that for other human care programs.

    Is there a group, to your knowledge, dedicated to addressing this unfortunate lack of understanding in the political world, or even to addressing the psyhosocial need to ‘take up sides’ in general?

    Thank you,

    Brett Huebner

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