Can Someone Who is an Atheist be Pro-Life on Abortion?

Opinion   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 24, 2014   |   3:11PM   |   Washington, DC

The fact of the matter is that most pro-life people have a religious faith. Catholics and evangelicals are strongly pro-life on abortion in the United States. But, can someone who is an atheist be pro-life on the human rights issue of our time?

Regardless of where you stand on that question, check out this letter to the editor printed at LiveActionNews from a pro-life atheist:

prolifewomen20Hello, everybody. I’m 19 years old, and 100% pro-life.

I’m also an atheist.

But before you decide to stop reading this, you deserve to know a few things about me.

I was born and raised in a Catholic family. I was baptized a month old, went to Sunday school, and went to church every Sunday. Okay, I went most Sundays. I also know that there are other divisions of Christianity, as well as other religions, and I respect your spirituality, what ever it may be.

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I stopped breathing twice the day I was born. They doctor didn’t think I would live very long, but I did. I have ADHD, High-functioning Autism (also known as Asperger’s Syndrome), Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease, a thyroid disease, and, for the first four years of my life, was born deaf. I’m not asking for your pity, I’m just letting you know.

I was a Girl Scout for 13 years, which is the max. I’ve earned the Bronze Award, the Silver Award, and I almost earned the Gold Award, the highest honor you can receive. I have even earned a religious award, as well.

With all of those things, you would think that I would be very religious, but that’s not the case. Over the years, my views have changed, and I eventually became an atheist. But what hasn’t changed is my belief that abortion is wrong. It’s completely cruel, no doubt there. Everyday I grieve for the millions of lives that have been taken by the abortion industry.

You might be wondering why I’m telling all of this to you. It’s because I’ve been needing to get this off of my chest for a while, now. So thank you for taking your precious time to listen to what I have to say, and let’s keep on fighting for the lives of the unborn!