Today’s blog post is by guest blogger Nick Reynosa.
Americans stated that the group of people that they trust the least is people
of no religion. The study went on to say that Americans see irreligion as more
suspect than other controversial lifestyles, including homosexuality. In this less than welcoming climate, it is
easy to see how, for some young people, opening up about their lack of faith is akin to coming out of the closet, so to speak.
atheist or agnostic in America isn’t the easiest of tasks. Likewise being a
pro-life college student on a campus where the key age demographic (18-24) accounts for 44 percent of abortions performed isn’t a cake walk either. Yet I remain
steadfastly pro-life and agnostic; as one secular person I know has described
it, we are a minority within a minority.
hold both positions? Let me attempt to explain. Because the abortion debate is
so extensively peppered with red-herrings and distractions, an interesting way
for me to explain myself is to state issues that are NOT the reasons I am
because I am “anti-choice.” I believe in the maximum amount of just choices
between consenting adults. I think women and men should have the right to
choose to have sex or not. They should be able to choose whom they have sex
with and when and how often they have sex. They should be able to access
whatever scientific sexual education materials they are interested in and whatever
types of birth control they prefer. Men and women who are not ready should be
able to choose adoption and whether the adoption is open or closed. Women and
men who are struggling as new parents should be able to choose to apply for
government assistance for the sake of their new child.
and women should not be able to choose to take the life of their child. Not all
choices are moral; the choice to own slaves is immoral, the choice to
discriminate against minorities is immoral; choice is only the embodiment of
freedom when those choices do not harm others.
pro-life because I am against “women’s health.” I support the right of any
woman to abort a pregnancy that poses a risk to her physical well-being. According to the Guttmacher Institute, only twelve percent
involved issues with the mother’s health. In contrast, half of all babies
aborted are female, and one-hundred percent of innocent female fetuses’ health
is affected when they are intentionally killed. As the late and renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens stated, “In order to terminate a pregnancy, you have to still a heartbeat, switch
off a developing brain . . . break some bones and rupture some organs.” Therefore
I ask: is the purpose of women’s health to keep women’s hearts beating or
intentionally stop them? I support women’s health by opposing the 1,750 baby
girls that were unjustly killed yesterday, are being unjustly killed today, and
will be unjustly killed tomorrow; that’s opposing a real “war on women.”
against bodily autonomy. I believe that men and women should be able to put
whatever they want into their bodies so long as they are willing to accept the
consequences. Pregnancy is not applicable to this principle because both
parents should accept the risk of parenthood by engaging in consensual sex. In
rape cases, because consent is not present, I do believe a bodily autonomy
argument is compelling and therefore I do support an exception for rape cases.
am a clueless, sexist man who will never get pregnant. I consider myself a male
feminist. I do not want to send all women back to the kitchen, barefoot and
pregnant. On the contrary I have an equal amount of respect for women who wish
to focus on their education or careers, for women who wish to be stay at home as
mothers, or for those who wish to do both at some point in their lives. I hope
my future spouse is an intelligent, accomplished, and independent woman;
likewise I wish to live in a world where my future daughters have the same
opportunities available as my future sons. In fact I hope the day Roe v. Wade is overturned, we have a pro-life female chief justice and a pro-life woman as
our president. And on that beautiful day I would love to have pro-choicers
lecture me about sexism.
of religion or politics. I am an
agnostic and a registered independent. I hold some liberal, some conservative, and
some libertarian viewpoints. I am certainly not pro-life because I want to
create a wedge issue to divide people. I wish people would naturally recognize
the dignity of the unborn. This would save me the time and money trying to
persuade them; however if they don’t recognize fetal humanity I have a moral
obligation to try to show them.
want to restrict people’s freedom. If I am a “culture warrior” in any sense I
would not be on the conservative side. In fact I am very socially libertarian
on every issue except abortion. The right to an abortion perverts the very
notion of freedom. As the classic libertarian quote states, the freedom to
swing your arms stops at the tip of someone else’s nose. Likewise our sexual
and reproductive freedom stops at the tip an innocent’s baby nose.
the pre-eminent moral and legal dilemma of our time. In determining which side
to take I’m often reminded of the famous quote of Supreme Court justice Potter
Stewart who said he did not know how to define obscenity, but he added, “I know
it when I see it”. Well as an agnostic and social libertarian, I don’t have a
definition of barbarism but I know it when I see it. For anyone who has ever
seen an abortion, it’s hard to imagine how they could describe it as anything but
barbaric. The founder of NARAL himself, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, became a fervent
pro-life activist as the development of ultrasound technology opened his eyes
to horror of the procedure. Before his death he wrote his autobiography, in
which he stated, “I am one of those who
helped to usher in this barbaric age.”
Thankfully for Dr.
Nathanson, he spent the last thirty-two years of his life attempting to make
things right. We are equally fortunate to use our lives to end this great
injustice. Whether you’re a secularist, believer, man, woman, Republican, Democrat, or even a former pro-choicer, we can all wear the label “pro-life”
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