By Jacki Ragan, Director, State Organizational Development Department
Editor’s note. This appears in the December edition of National Right to Life News. Please share with your pro-life family and friends.
Do you ever stop to think about what it really means to be pro-life? It is something worth doing occasionally. For me, it is a great reminder of the many reasons I am pro-life and how thankful and grateful I am that I can call myself a pro-lifer.
Believing in the sanctity of each human being and the value of each life is the foundational principle of being pro-life. At its heart, this belief system recognizes the profound worth of every individual, irrespective of their circumstances or stage of existence. While our primary focus is and has been on the unborn–as they are targeted while still in the womb–we genuinely love and respect all human life.
However, the pro-life position extends beyond the abortion debate, influencing discussions and action on euthanasia, disability rights, protection of those not capable of taking care of themselves, and opposing physician-assisted suicide. Those of us who are pro-life can’t help but work to foster a culture that values and safeguards life at every stage.
I have always believed that it is recognizing the moral and ethical part of this belief that guides my conviction. I believe it is not only a societal responsibility but also a deeply personal commitment. I am not pro-life because of my religion; I am pro-life because I believe we are all members of the same human race and as such, are equals regardless of any age or where we may reside for nine months.
Every day our movement grows stronger, and more people become outspokenly pro-life. Some are new to the movement and others have spent their adult lives fighting this battle. For me, this fall marks 48 years.
I do not regret a single moment of the time I have spent trying to make this a better world. No words could describe how grateful I am for the 48 years.
Think about ways you can help to promote the sanctity of all human life. There are many avenues to help spread our message. Learn to make a difference every day. Cumulatively, those little gestures over time will make a big difference.
We have a long way to go to restore respect and sanctity for each innocent human life in our society. But we have come a long way, lives are being saved, and we are never giving up.