By Stephen Kaplan
To be unconditionally pro-life is to have respect for all human life, no matter what the circumstances are. It is an indisputable fact that all humans have worth. To believe this unconditionally means that you make no exceptions. Pro-life people should make their position known and try to convince others of the pro-life stance. This belief can be demonstrated in simple ways, such as being respectful and kind, especially to elderly people. This includes people of all ages and the preborn. It is a good idea to go to pro-life events. A great one is the rally before the annual March for Life. It is important to help people who need it. This means the sick, poor, elderly, new parents, etc. A little compassion goes a long way. There are three main ways to spread the pro-life message. The first of these is: “Proclaim.”
Proclaiming the pro-life message means voicing your opinion. This can be done formally, or simply by joining a conversation on the topic. People should also actively take stands against the pro-choice position. The annual March for Life is perhaps the most powerful method of proclaiming the message. It is an event that happens each year in January in Washington, D.C. There is a rally with bands, thousands of other pro-life people, and a Mass. Then, all of those people walk to the Capitol with signs against abortion. Hoping to change the laws to be against abortion, we will hopefully make a difference someday. With so many thousands of people taking part, perhaps someday we will. It is incredible to watch. I have been each year all my life. Although I was too young to remember it, I was once filmed by a news crew during the march. Probably hoping to capture the essence of young life, they promptly asked permission to capture me asleep in my stroller upon seeing me. My parents asked the film crew what station they were from, but it was a Spanish-speaking channel. How can people turn a blind eye to this issue when people of all nationalities and cultures are coming together to try to make a difference? Because not everybody can journey across the country every January, there are also local marches in most states, which I have not attended, but are supposedly as powerful as the national march. It may not always be easy, but it is important to take a stand.
The second method of spreading the pro-life stance is: “Celebrate.” All life should be seen as precious. Passionately, Mother Teresa, one of the most loving people to ever live, said, “How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers” (lifedefender.org). She is a great example of the celebration of life. Whether a person is born, preborn, young, or old, he is important in God’s eyes and should be equally and intensely important in human eyes as well. This means that abortion, suicide, and assisted suicide or euthanasia should be taboo because they are essentially murder. Those who believe in these things are not viewing life as God intended it to be viewed. All people are formed in God’s image, which means that all people are gifts from God and should be treated as such. Understanding this is crucial. Before the March for Life each year, there is an enormous event called the Youth Rally and Mass for Life. At this rally, bands and musicians from around the country come to excite the crowds gathered in the Capital One Arena and the DC Armory. As the bands play, a large amount of priests hears confessions and they end with a Mass before the crowds pour out of the buildings and into the streets of DC. It is one of many powerful ways to celebrate life.
The final method is: “Serve.” There are many ways to do this. Volunteering at Warm Nights is one of the best ways. Warm Nights is an event held at many churches around the country where they host a great number of homeless people on cots and give them entertainment and food. Volunteers can cook, serve food, and spend time with the guests as they have a warm place to sleep for a few nights. I have volunteered at Warm Nights many times, both at my own church, and with my Boy Scout troop, which volunteers every year around Christmas. It is sad to see how many elderly and young people are left out on the streets with no homes, and it means a lot to help serve them food. It is delightful. If you do not have time for this, you could also take people meals when they need it. People who are sick or injured, have had a death in the family, or have had a baby always appreciate meals because they might not be able to prepare them on their own. Furthermore, you can visit the sick and elderly. Company means more to them than it would seem. Lastly, you can donate outgrown or underused clothes. It is not uncommon to see a clothes drop off near a store or bank where the city collects donated clothing and distributes it to the less fortunate. Serving people who need service can have a profound effect on people, whether it is the person being helped or an onlooker.
Many people do not see the importance of human life. They view themselves or people around them as less important, when in reality, all people are equal, and all people are precious. Life is a gift from God and should be seen as one. Humanity needs to see this, and anything to show this belief brings us one step closer to it. Whether it is simply voicing your opinion or actively speaking out against the pro-choice stance, everything helps. All people should proclaim the pro-life message and celebrate the gift of life. All people are worth the same in the eyes of God, and He sees all people to be worth more than most people know. Other people can be shown this worth through service. People who need service are brought closer to God when they see that they are cared for, and passersby could be inspired when they see this care that is in the hearts of the pro-life people. The pro-life community is an unknown power. When brought together, such as during the March for Life, it can accomplish amazing things. Everybody should be unconditionally pro-life.
Stephen Kaplan won an honorable mention in Category 2 of CLSP and IEW's Pro-Life Essay Contest.