Why Ben Shapiro was invited to the March For Life, and You Weren’t

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Why Ben Shapiro Was Invited to The March For Life and You Weren’t 

(Another off-topic post.)

I’ve spoken about progressive pro-life activities before and I wanted to say something again, because this post on Twitter caught my eye.

A personal pro-life ethic may involve any number of issues not traditionally associated with anti-abortion/anti-euthanasia efforts. The Pro-life “movement”, in terms of political activism, however, does have an established platform which is focused on two issues: abortion and euthanasia. This is because ultimately, every single issue which affects human beings could be seen as a pro-life issue, but only two of the issues we fight to make/keep illegal involve actively ending the lives of voiceless, unarguably defenseless, innocent humans.

The reason mainstream pro-life groups don’t often utilize the resources of more progressive pro-lifers is because progressive pro-lifers can’t seem to resist bringing a variety of issues into their pro-life activism for which there are multiple viewpoints.

For example, the following are generally included in the progressive pro-life spectrum:

-expansion of social welfare
-single payer healthcare
-climate change
-social justice movements (BLM, Women’s March)
-capital punishment
-marriage equality
-anti-war efforts

And this isn’t the entire platform. The list of issues they feel should be addressed by the pro-life movement is variable and endless. And that’s fine on an individual basis. When I’m speaking for myself, I’m all over the place in my positions. This is because most of our personal positions rest on both our logic and our emotional responses.

I identify myself as (mostly) Conservative, but I have what would be considered more progressive views on a few of the subjects above- like this. We’re all different people with different ideas of what it means to be pro-life.

As a (mostly) conservative, though, my views on many subjects above don’t align with my more progressive friends & activists. I am virulently opposed to a single-payer healthcare system, for example.... I believe my position against it is more in-line with a pro-life ethic (here’s why ) just as fervently as those supporting it believe their support of it is consistently pro-life.

The difference between conservative pro-lifers and progressive pro-lifers seems to be that because progressives feel these other issues are so vital, they can’t not speak about them. This creates a problem when we’re speaking of large presentations for mixed groups.

The March For Life is a one-platform event, focused on abortion. There’s a reason it’s held in January. Because it’s commemorating the anniversary of Roe v Wade.  It’s not a platform for conservative or liberal ideals.

It’s about abortion.

Those complaining about not having a place at the table don’t seem to get this.

The fact that they continually grouse about it, and focus on what they see as undeserved censure, is part of the problem.

We’re not stopping you.

You’re stopping you.

The March for Life isn’t a rally for open borders or talks about the gender pay gap.

It’s about abortion.

Conservative speakers are not automatically gifted this platform because they’re Republican, or because they hate Democrats, or because they’re bigots. They’re given this platform because they stay on message.

Progressives aren’t often given a platform at events like this because they can’t stay
on message. It’s not because the March for Life hates them. It’s not because conservative pro-lifers can’t accept people who think differently than they do. It’s not because we’re married to the Republican Party (a good portion of conservative pro-lifers are actually libertarian). It’s not because the March for Life organizers hate undocumented individuals, non-binary individuals, or any individuals (they’re pro-life, after all. Just like you, their position is rooted in beliefs about the intrinsic value of all people.)

Ben Shapiro is an *excellent* choice for the March for Life, precisely because when asked about abortion... he focuses on abortion. He doesn’t branch off into why he thinks the welfare state is anti-life, or why he supports the death penalty (unless specifically asked about those subjects).

Every time I’ve seen a progressive pro-life activist speak about abortion, they’ve brought multiple other, loosely related, issues into the equation. This isn’t appropriate for the March for Life- which, incidentally, has never hidden its conservative, partisan viewpoints (yet even they still manage to stay on message.)

Maybe if there was a progressive pro-lifer who could speak on abortion as if it were a one-issue platform (which it is— not one other issue on the progressive platform allows private citizens to legally murder other citizens with no judicial oversight), not pull all of their other social justice ideals into their pro-life activism every.single.time you give them a platform, they would be invited to the table more often.

In addition: the March for Life is largely sponsored & attended by conservatives, church groups, & politically “right” individuals. We’re not going to attend rallies where we’re scolded for our lack of support for political goals of the left. And when you present yourself as the only “consistent” pro-lifers, and share videos about “GOP Jesus”… That’s what you’re doing. We’re not the bigots here. The idea we conservatives just need to be educated on the issues is also insulting to the vast majority of us.

We are educated.

We just disagree with you.

There’s a difference between the two.

The constant display of petulance from liberal pro-lifers about their exclusion from this movement shows a serious lack of introspection. There’s a constant display of outrage from liberal pro-lifers regarding conservative support for Republican candidates who may not be what they consider consistently pro-life.

Maybe if progressive pro-lifers focused more on listening to why conservatives disagree with their solutions to things like border policy and welfare reform, instead of just assuming we’re just inconsistent, or if they stopped asserting their “rights” based on emotional arguments and vilifying a movement which successfully raised up the Pro-Life generation, long enough to actually see us as people and not a monolith, they’d see there’s room for everyone at the table.

We’re closer to ending legalized abortion, in the US, than we have been since Roe v Wade was decided. This evolution was brought about by the Republicans you disparage. While your adherents vote for pro-abortion candidates (because you’ve leveled all social justice issues so they’re on equal footing), we’ve closed thousands of clinics thanks to our conservative legislators.

Expanded welfare isn’t limiting abortion.

Closing clinics is.

To end this: if you want to talk at an exclusively anti-abortion rally, maybe acknowledging that ending abortion is more important than any other issue we face, & separating your anti-abortion efforts from your advancement of a progressive political agenda would be a good start.

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