President Donald Trump signed an executive order blocking foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that provide or "promote" abortions.
"The president, it's no secret, has made it very clear that he's a pro-life president," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.
If there was any question about whether he's pro-life, Trump said on Wednesday that he wanted to reinstate waterboarding and other forms of torture.
Nothing says you're pro-life like tilting someone's head back and pouring water into their mouth or nose until they cannot breathe, causing their lungs to collapse and filling their sinuses and trachea with water so that they think they're drowning.
Trump and other Republicans may be opposed to abortion but this does not mean they're pro-life; it just means they're opposed to abortion.
On Jan. 13, Steve King, an Iowa congressman, introduced a bill that would ban abortions once a heartbeat is detected in the fetus.
"My legislation will require all physicians, before conducting an abortion, to detect the heartbeat of the unborn child," his statement said. "If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected."
It's admirable to care about the heartbeat of an unborn child. But if you were really pro-life, you also would care about the heartbeat of the living.
If you believe that life begins at conception and ends at birth -- as so many right-wing Republicans appear to do -- you're not pro-life, you're anti-living.
It's time we redefine what we mean by pro-life.
Take the following quiz. (Or better yet send this to your congressman, senators, governor, state legislators, and other elected officials who claim to be pro-life).
Do you oppose capital punishment?
Do you oppose torture?
Do you support hate crime laws?
Do you support the Violence Against Women Act?
Do you support allowing women, children, and elderly to come to the United States from war-torn countries?
Do you oppose assault weapons?
Do you support more extensive benefits to veterans of the armed services?
Do you support universal health care?
Do you support affordable housing?
Should we release prison convicts who have been exonerated of their crime by DNA tests?
Do you support unemployment benefits?
Do you support racial and gender equality?
Do you support equal justice for all?
Do you support care for the mentally ill?
Do you support the National Endowment for the Arts?
Do you support regulating the safety of our food and drinking water?
Do you support the Family and Medical Leave act?
Do you support that we act with greater urgency to counter the dangers of global warming?
Do you support stricter regulations on the banking industry?
Do you support a living wage?
Do you support the Environment Protection Agency, which protects the health of Americans by enforcing environmental standards?
Do you oppose corporations who release toxins into the air that annually sicken or kill hundreds of thousands of people in this country, including a disproportionate number of children and the elderly?
Do you agree with Jesus who said, "I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me"?
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