You’ve all heard the term “pro-life, pro-family”, but what does it really mean?
The idea behind it has long been used by organizations and pro-life groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council.
Many people who work for these organizations, however, do not condone the euphemism for opposing the ending of pregnancies and gay marriage, but they acknowledge that protecting children, including ones that are not yet born, often requires protecting and supporting their mothers too.
However, we are in the middle of an extremely serious crisis for children and families at the border detention centers, and these “pro-life, pro-family” groups and organizations have been largely silent.
The crisis is made by the practice of Trump’s administration of separating children from undocumented parents, even when the families are asking for asylum. In fact, one particular case saw the baby taken away from a mother while she was breast-feeding it.
Due to a large number of children taken away from their parents, Trump’s administration is building “tent cities” around military bases to house them.
However, due to their unwillingness to speak critically about immigration policy and their support of Trump’s administrations, most of these “pro-life, pro-family” organizations risk being tied to these horrific practices.
Some groups have condemned these practices, including evangelical leaders Russell Moore and Samuel Rodriguez who signed a public letter of protest to the administration.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops denounced the Trump administration’s immigration policy and said that they urge courts and policymakers to respect and enhance the potential of our asylum system and preserve and protect the right to life.
Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, recently wrote that separating immigrant parents and children as a supposed deterrent to immigration is a cruel and reprehensible policy.
Bishop Flores said back in 2016 that the policies are evil, because they force children into places where their lives are under threat.
So, why haven’t the biggest “pro-life” organizations joined these religious leaders in condemning this kind of treatment of children?
Where is the famous Susan B. Anthony List, or the National Right to Life?
Susan B. Anthony List made Donald Trump the keynote speaker at its annual gala last month, and the group promoted him as someone its supporters should vote for.
People that oppose the ending of pregnancies got some short-term gains out all of this, and we all know that all of those gains can be easily reversed by the next administration.
However, these modest gains have cost the movement greatly, because traditional pro-life leaders have put their short-term and uncertain political gain ahead of their consistent moral principle.
The major players in the pro-life movement are now connected with Trump’s horrific border policies, and it’s because of their support of him and the general silence on his administration’s actions.
Naturally, this makes the movement unable to be taken seriously by young people and people of color.
So, if the traditional pro-life movement wants to regain credibility as something other than a tool of the Trump administration, they must speak out very clearly against harming children as a means of deterring undocumented immigration.