For whatever reason, whenever I walk by Planned Parenthood there always seems to be a pro-lifer and a random passerby having an impassioned discussion about being pro-life and vegetarian. The pro-lifer will firmly state that it’s not at all relevant, while the passerby will be yelling at the pro-lifer for not caring about animal welfare. While I’m not one for confrontation, and productive dialogue never happens when the two parties are shouting at each other, as a pro-lifer and (gasp!) vegetarian, I’ve always thought that if one could have a calm, well-reasoned discussion then both sides may learn something.
I was pro-life before I was a vegetarian, but I feel as if the more involved I get in both pro-life and vegetarian work, the more I see that the two movements hold similar values. Vegetarians believe that we should not consume animals for food for a variety of ethical, environment, and health reasons, but the primary reason for many vegetarians is the intense suffering and cruelty farm animals experience in the meat production process. One of-quoted statement in the animal rights movement is “The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?” We know that the unborn are deserving of rights purely because they are human, but how many times is the question asked of us, why should something that cannot think, has no consciousness, and has no voice be deserving of life? If we would afford such protection to animals, why would we not afford it to members of our own species?
I’m not here to convince anyone to be a vegetarian who isn’t, I just hope that both pro-life and pro-choice can consider the links between the animal rights movement and the pro-life movement, so that next time one of these discussions occurs, each side is a little more enlightened!
By Joseph Austin BOSTON – On a brisk winter day in late February, ten Boston University (BU) students stood on Marsh Plaza bearing signs and red tape branded with the word, “life,” across their mouths. The peaceful protest at midday … Continue reading →
Serrin M. Foster, president of Feminists for Life of America, will present “The Feminist Case Against Abortion” in CAS B12 on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 PM. Her lecture will address 200 years of pro-life feminism and explain how the modern women’s movement came to support abortion. Serrin’s speech has been included in the anthology Women’s Rights, published in 2001 by Greenhaven Press as one in a series entitled “Great Speeches in History.”
Serrin has led Feminists for Life of America since 1994. Under her leadership, Feminists for Life has successfully advocated benefits for poor and pregnant women through the State Child Health Insurance Program, worked in coalition with other women’s organizations to defeat the mandatory “family cap” and other punitive child exclusion provisions in welfare reform, and helped to prevent poverty and coerced abortions due to threats to withhold child support through passage of the Enhanced Child Support Act.
Serrin served on the National Taskforce Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, which worked to pass the Violence Against Women Act, and testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as “Laci and Conner’s Law.”
Feminists for Life has distributed pregnancy resource kits to colleges across the country and is leading a discussion on developing practical resources for pregnant and parenting students. In 1997, Serrin moderated the first Pregnancy Resource Forum in the country at Georgetown University. Feminists for Life’s Pregnancy Resource Forums have helped to redirect contentious debate toward woman-centered solutions, and inspired model legislation in Michigan.
Feminists for Life helped to introduce groundbreaking legislation—The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act—that inspired Pregnancy Assistance Fund grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. The grants will help put into hyper-drive new pro-woman solutions on campus.
® The creator of the Women Deserve Better than Abortion campaign has appeared on C-SPAN, CNN International, FOX News and ABC World News Tonight as an outspoken opponent of pregnancy discrimination and has focused on developing on-campus resources and support for underserved pregnant and parenting students.
Abortion doesn’t just hurt babies and mothers; it hurts those who have made a career of it. And now there’s a brand new ministry for abortion workers who want out.
Abby Johnson, Planned Parenthood’s public enemy #1, recently founded And Then There Were None, which offers financial, emotional, spiritual, and legal support to these abortion workers. To date they’ve helped thirty-three workers quit and begin new lives.
To learn more about this new and desperately needed pro-life outreach, visit www.attwn.org.
Never heard of Abby Johnson? She’s a former Planned Parenthood director and author of the book Unplanned, which tells the story of how she became a pro-lifer while offering an unparalleled insider look at the abortion business.