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Inclusivity in the Pro-Life Movement: From Our President

Melody Durrett
ORTL President

I can’t think of a better time as pro-lifers to renew our commitment to life-issues unity than the recent election of politicians who have built careers around advancing pro-choice policies. The idea that innocent human life should be protected is one that anyone can agree with, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or political beliefs. 

While our movement is an inclusive one, I humbly suggest we should stretch further, beyond our comfort zones, to include those with different worldviews or political beliefs. Thoughtful and well-meaning people can genuinely disagree on many issues. Those disagreements do not need to divide us as a pro-life movement. 

Nearly four years ago, I posted a picture of a man holding a sign at the San Francisco Walk for Life. It read, “Gay, Feminist and Pro Life.” I wrote then that it is crucial to understand that being pro-life doesn’t mean you subscribe to any ideological system besides one that advocates for the normalization of non-violent choices. I believe that even more strongly now. 

We want to overturn Roe v. Wade and transform our culture into one that supports life. To do so, we need all kinds of people in every sector of society leading and participating in the pro-life movement. Our movement is better, stronger and more influential when we all stand together. 

As we start to see pro-choice policies being pushed at the federal level, I want to remind and challenge pro-life advocates to seek common ground with others. After all, we each have a role in our work to create a culture committed to the protection of human life. The way forward is not to focus on our differences, but to unite with others in agreement with the hopeful message that all humans have inherent value and are worthy of protection. 

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