One of my favorite things about the pro-life community is that we all have different reasons for being pro-life. Yes, we all care about protecting babies in the womb and believe that the inhumane practice of killing unborn children is a horrific and tragic blemish on our culture. But we all have little details in our personal narratives that brought us to the point of speaking openly and passionately about why these innocent lives are so important.
For me, I learned from an early age what abortion is. I had multiple family members who spoke out and protested against it. It wasn't until junior high that I came to find out why they were so outspoken—it was because they had experienced it. Two women in my family had abortions and lived to regret it.
The other reason that I feel so passionately about this is the fact that I share something with a significant percentage of these unborn children. For all intents and purposes, I am what many would consider "disabled." I have a genetic, degenerative hearing impairment that will likely leave me profoundly deaf at some point in my life. Genetic "abnormalities" and resulting "disabilities" are great buzz words for people who think a disabled life is no life at all and that these children are better off dead because they will have additional challenges in life.
I'm pro-life because every life is a gift. Every life is perfectly formed and thoughtfully created by a loving God. These babies, no matter how small, are living human beings. Who are we to play God and determine they don't deserve to live because they are not what we had in mind, or their presence is inconvenient, or they didn't come into being the way we always imagined they would?
On Friday, January 22, thousands of pro-lifers will converge in Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life. If you are attending the march, thank you. Thank you for standing up in this way and lending your voice to those who can't speak for themselves.
For those of you, like me, who are unable to attend, but are passionately pro-life, we'd like to invite you to join in on the #WeAreProLife/#WhyWeMarch video challenge! (Don't worry, marchers, you can join in too!)
Here's how you can join us in speaking up for the unborn from wherever you are:
1. Record a brief (about 15 seconds or less) video on your smartphone sharing why you are pro-life and/or why you are planning to attend.
2. Share your video on social media with the hashtags #WhyWeMarch and #WeAreProLife. You might even see yours on the official 2016 March for Life page!
3. Challenge five friends to do the same.
4. Be sure to tag @alliancedefends (Twitter) or @AllianceDefendingFreedom (Facebook) or @alliancedefendingfreedom (Instagram) in your post!
See some great examples from my colleagues below:
Casey Mattox, Senior Counsel
Kerri Kupec, Legal Communications Director
Bob Trent, Media Relations Director
Not of big fan of seeing yourself on the silver screen?
Me neither! This challenge is just as effective with pictures! Simply write out why you are pro-life or why you march on a poster or piece of paper and include the respective hashtag. Like so: