May 28, 2010

SecularProLife.org - Making The Secular Argument For Life

Abortion proponents, not to mention the media, have seized on our pervasive Christian religiosity with delight. It hands them, gratis, innumerable chances to assert: “They’re trying to ram their religion down your throats!” Why shouldn’t the undecided believe them, when that is exactly how it appears? We ourselves have made this possible, and we have only ourselves to blame. - Tom Sena

Kelsey Hazzard founded SecularProLife.org in 2009, after growing frustrated with the situation that the late Tom Sena described. As a student at a liberal university, she found it was difficult to find religiously neutral literature for use by the campus pro-life group. So she decided to write some. From there, the idea blossomed.  She describes her organization as follows:

SecularProLife.org is an internet-based organization that exists to promote secular arguments against abortion. I'm not going to go into detail about what these arguments are; you probably use them all the time. Discussions of prenatal development, when life begins, abortion's impact on women, and human rights are all essentially secular in nature. The trouble lies in how the argument is framed.

The abortion industry has invested an incredible amount of time and money into stereotyping pro-lifers as extremely religious (specifically, Catholic) activists who are motivated solely by a desire to push their doctrine down America's throat. Of course, that's baloney. Most pro-lifers are not Catholic(1), and many are atheistic or agnostic. Our own research indicates that secular arguments are very important to pro-lifers—even those who are devoutly religious.

But pro-abortion marketing has paid off. The result is that, the moment any pro-lifer even mentions religion, people stop listening. That's why it's important for us to keep the focus strictly on the right to life, without being sidetracked by religion. Otherwise, we play right into the opposition's hands. Some people may not like the idea of leaving God out of it. My response is that we want abortion to be unthinkable for everyone, not just for Christians. If we don't make our case in a way that appeals to non-Christian mothers, we have failed their children.

SecularProLife.org isn't about Christian-bashing or arguing over church and state issues. We count many Christians among our membership, including me. SecularProLife.org is about making an inclusive pro-life movement, where people of all faiths are free to participate. When that happens, the pro-abortion lies will come crashing down.
I'll wrap up with a brief discussion of what SecularProLife.org has to offer you. You can download our religiously neutral publications for free. Our blog brings you daily pro-life news from a secular perspective. We are working on a pro-life sex education program that will be released in July. And of course, you can network with like-minded pro-lifers in our Facebook group. I hope to see you there soon.  If you like what SecularProLife.org is doing, please make a donation

Kelsey Hazzard, founder and president of SecularProLife.org

(1) According to Gallup's 2009 poll, 51% of Americans identify as pro-life. According to Pew's 2002 survey of religion in the U.S., 24% of Americans are Catholic. That means that even if every self-identified Catholic were also pro-life, they wouldn't make up a majority of the pro-life movement.
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1 comment:

Nulono said...

Americans are actually 47% pro-life; 51% was back in '09. It's still a plurality, though, although still within the margin of error.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/128036/New-Normal-Abortion-Americans-Pro-Life.aspx

Also, I'm not sure "in our Facebook group" is correct. Perhaps "at" or maybe "on"?