Can there be a more bedrock pro-life conviction than that every life matters?

By Dave Andrusko

The great apologist G. K. Chesterton once wrote, “All men matter. You matter. I matter. It’s the hardest thing in theology to believe.” That quote is embedded in a paragraph someone wrote that I saved on my hard drive. 

Alas, why I have the paragraph, I don’t know who wrote it! (Senior moment anyone?)

So without being able to give credit where credit is due, this writer went on to take Chesterton’s observation and concluded “And that God—the God who is big enough to speak all of that [just the part of the universe we know about] into existence and hold it in the palm of his hand—says you matter to him. He says I matter to him.”

Can there be a more bedrock pro-life conviction than that every life matters? That lives are not disposable based on some sort of sliding scale, whether that be “wantedness” or “quality of life” or some such nonsense?

The pro-abortion mind experiences a kind of brain freeze when you say this. Their default position includes there are so many people in the world (a canard that is far less impressive now that many nations are approaching negative population growth); people, including youngsters, die from accidents (as if deliberating taking a life and inadvertently taking a life are two sides of the same coin); this is merely/only/just a “religious” tenet (as if anything any position that originates from, or draws additional strength from a religious impulse, is automatically suspect), etc., etc., etc.

Our unyielding belief that every single life matters means that pro-lifers are immune to the eugenics temptation which rears its ugly head in many guises. You matter, I matter, we all matter just … because … we … are.

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