I was watching a video today by Hemant Mehta, who goes by the moniker "Friendly Atheist" on his blog. The gist of his video is whether or not one can be pro-life and atheist. I've heard many atheists claim that one can't be pro-life and be an atheist, and when Kristine Kruszelnicki of Pro-Life Humanists wrote an article for Mehta's blog last month, atheists went bananas in the comments section, offended at the very idea one could be an atheist and pro-life. How do atheists expect me to believe that atheism isn't a religion or a belief system if they keep adding rules for atheism? I thought the only thing one needed to be an atheist was to not believe in God or gods.
It's not my intention to respond to all of Mehta's video, but to respond to one key point. He mentions that he doesn't care if an atheist is pro-life as long as they don't act on their convictions. He says it's okay if you try to dissuade other people, but don't vote for legislation that would restrict abortion. There's something very wrong with that. He's essentially saying that if you believe children are being slaughtered in our country, don't do anything to actually try to end the slaughter.
He made a comparison to animal rights. But if someone claims to believe that animals deserve rights and that it's wrong to kill them, but doesn't actively try and stop the killing, I'll tell them point blank "I don't believe you." If you really think it's murder then you would do something to try and stop the killing. If someone claims to be pro-life, if they claim to believe that abortion kills an innocent human child but don't even lift a finger to help stop the killing, how on earth can I take them seriously?
Being pro-life requires action. If you truly believe that the unborn are innocent human children, since they are being legally and brutally slaughtered in our country, we must do something to end the slaughter of these children. And as far as I'm concerned, all are welcome in the pro-life movement, whether or not we agree on religious or metaphysical views.