Pro-Lifers must be “approachable and trustworthy”

Pro-Lifer John Cavanaugh–O’Keefe explains why pro-lifers have to be supportive and compassionate to pregnant women:

“Preborn children have the same rights to protection that anyone else has, but their protection must take into account their unique relationship with their mothers. It is not possible to harm a preborn child without going through the mother. It is not possible to hug the child without hugging the mother. A preborn child isolated from his or her mother is a theoretical construct, not reality. To protect the child, you have to deal with the mother.

If the means you use to protect a child make the mother turn away from you in fear, you have failed. Violent means are likely to do just that.

If the means you use to protect a child made her wonder whether you are approachable and trustworthy, you have failed.”

John Cavanaugh–O’Keefe Emmanuel, Solidarity: God’s Act, Our Response (2000) 32-33

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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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