What “Prolife” Means

  • To be prolife is to recognize the inherent dignity and value of every individual human life.
  • To be prolife is to acknowledge that all of us are created equal and endowed by our Creator with the unalienable right to life and that governments are instituted to secure that right, as stated in our beloved Declaration of Independence.
  • To be prolife is to understand that abortion is the direct and deliberate killing of a baby prior to birth, an act that can never be justified. It is to know that medical procedures necessary to save a mother’s life, that cause the unintentional death of her unborn baby, do not constitute a direct abortion.
  • To be prolife is to realize that unless every innocent life, whether an embryonic baby in a petri dish or the son or daughter of a rapist, is safe and protected under the law, none of us is safe in our homes, on the streets, in a schoolyard, in a hospital or a nursing home.

(Excerpted from “What ‘Prolife’ Means,” The Dallas Morning News, Texas Viewpoints, 8/1/1999 by Colleen Parro)