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Pro-Life? – 22 August 2006

One definition of “life” is “the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body.”

Then why do so many people who proclaim that they are “pro-life” limit their concern to the “human pre-born”?

And why do so many of the same people say that they are for capital punishment (another euphemism!) and, under the guise of “patriotism,” enthusiastically support war?

If they are “pro-life” why do they consume flesh and dairy products and eggs? The production of all of these “foods” involves killing that is intrinsic to the industries’ survival: the slaughter for flesh (obviously), the separation of the “veal calves” from their mothers, the killing of the mother cows when their milk production decreases, the trashing of male chicks…. And that is not counting the nightmarish physical and emotional pain and suffering of the animals that are kept alive and that are part and parcel of the industries’ everyday functioning.

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No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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