Youth Protecting Youth

Defending the Dignity of All Human Life

In which Catherine explains the basic beliefs of our club, and perhaps comes off as rather forward

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Youth Protecting Youth is a pro-life club. What does that mean? In the media we are often referred to as an “anti-abortion” club. This is true, but incomplete.

Yes, we are opposed to abortion. The important question is “why?” As a group of pro-life individuals, we believe in the intrinsic value and dignity of all human beings. We believe this dignity needs to be recognized and upheld in all human beings – regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, age, or perceived quality of life. For this reason, we are opposed to abortion, euthanasia, and any other action that denies the dignity of human beings.

Those who oppose our club often refer to us as “anti-choice”. Frankly, I find this term ridiculous. If I were against choice in general, I would not be in university. I would have failed every multiple-choice test with which I was presented throughout my life. In fact, if I were against choices, I don’t know how I’d function at all.

So let’s finish the sentence. There are specific matters in which I am “anti-choice”. For example, I am against the choice to drink and drive, I am against the choice to assault someone, and I am against the choice to rape someone. I think most people in our society are comfortable saying they are “anti” those choices. Something those choices have in common is that they hurt or kill other human beings. And that is why I have a problem with abortion: unborn human beings are human beings.

So, dear reader, I want to say that I love you. I might not know you, but I know that you’re a human being reading this, and I want you to know that you have value and dignity as a member of the human family. I love you regardless of the choices you’ve made in your life, regardless of how much or little value you may feel you have, regardless of what you think of me.  Sometimes I make mistakes. Sometimes I don’t show this love as I should. But I will work to uphold the dignity of all human beings, including you. I hope you will do the same.

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5 thoughts on “In which Catherine explains the basic beliefs of our club, and perhaps comes off as rather forward

  1. Great Piece!

  2. Excellent reflection on the pro-life message, Catherine. Simply by nature of someone being a human being, they are automatically worthy and equal in dignity and respect.

  3. Very concise and straightforward Catherine. Living in a society that holds freedom in such high regard we easily forget that unchecked freedom can be negative. I love to draw parallels between our culture today and the Ancient Roman culture. “Freedom” changed meaning throughout the ages. In the republic “freedom” generally meant freedom from the rule of a king. It was associated strongly with not being slaves. In the Empire, however, “freedom” generally meant freedom of speech since offending the emperor was so dangerous that people could no longer speak freely. I think today “freedom” generally means being able to do anything you like, without restriction.

    Yet, I think that our definition of free is impossible. If I can do whatever I like, then I can infringe upon your freedom. Without some restrictions on freedom, it is impossible for all to be free. The only example of a person free without restriction that I can think of would be a Roman Emperor. The only way that works though is to have power over everyone else. As an emperor I would be free to have anyone killed, but no one would be free not to be killed by me. We want all want to play the role of Emperor, but that simply cannot be possible without harming others.

  4. I feel the love 🙂

  5. Pingback: You are loved « Youth Protecting Youth

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