“Jews and the Pro-Life Movement”

Toby Katz at Cross-Currents:

In truth we have many good reasons to ally ourselves with religious believers in the pro-life movement, because the “pro-choice” movement is so horrendously murderous and immoral. The entire point of the pro-choice movement is to guarantee “sex with no consequences”—in fact, you could put that on a bumper sticker, it sums up the whole pro-choice agenda. Despite our disagreements with conservative Christians about stem-cell research, IVF and the morning-after pill—despite those issues, we appreciate that at least Christians recognize the sanctity of life.

They might be wrong about the sanctity of an eight-celled blastocyst but they are fundamentally right about the larger issue that is tearing American society apart—the wholesale slaughter of millions and millions of babies each year, some well past the point of viability.

We Jews need to speak up about this, about where we agree and where we disagree.

But it isn’t enough for us to pipe up and say, “Well, no, Jewish theology is not the same as Christian theology, we don’t agree with them about this or that detail.” We have to be an active PART of the pro-life movement, we have to be more vocal and involved with it. We can’t just be another bunch of kibitzers from the sidelines, heckling the good Christians and telling them they’re wrong about this, that and the other. We also have to be seen as allies and supporters of the pro-life movement, so that our voices can be heard WITHIN that movement. We have to honor the pro-life movement and thank the foot soldiers who have fought so bravely and so untiringly, in the face of vilification and bile, to keep alive in America the very notion of the sanctity of life.

One thought on ““Jews and the Pro-Life Movement”

  1. Thank you for linking to my cross-currents post. I hope that more and more people, Christians and Jews, will realize that what unites religious believers, in the public policy domain, is far more significant than what divides us.

    Some religious Jews think that the rights of minorities can only be guaranteed by extreme secularists and liberals but in my view they are profoundly mistaken. Jewish sensitivity is understandable, given the history of persecution we have faced in so many countries, but in the United States, it is the Christians, not the secularists, who allow religious values to be given public voice, and who respect and protect the rights of religious believers.

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