About two years ago over 30 of the nation’s pro-life leaders issued an official statement against an environmental campaign spearheaded by the Evangelical Environmental Network calling mercury regulations “pro-life.”
Instead of correcting its claims, EEN doubled down and expanded them, further obscuring the meaning of “pro-life” and diluting its usefulness to identify people working to end abortion on demand. First they aligned global warming to the ”
pro-life” cause, and then they expanded the definition of “life” beyond human beings to include caring for all of life.
For EEN and CEO Mitchell C. Hescox, being “pro-life” doesn’t simply mean opposing abortion or other actions that intentionally kill human beings. It means opposing any action that some environmentalist thinks creates any risk, however great or small, to any life, human or non-human.
Pro-life leaders rejected EEN’s original labeling of mercury regulations as “pro-life.” They said, “As leaders of the pro-life movement, we reject that portrayal as disingenuous and dangerous to our efforts to protect the lives of unborn children.” To clarify, they added, “The term pro-life originated historically in the struggle to end abortion on demand and continues to be used in public discourse overwhelmingly in that sense; the life in pro-life denotes not quality of life but life itself.” They warned that obscuring the meaning of “pro-life” had the potential to “divide the pro-life vote, and postpone the end of abortion-on-demand in America.”
Ignoring the concerns of the pro-life movement, EEN first added the fight against global warming as a “pro-life” cause, despite the fact that multiple studies show that switching from abundant, affordable, reliable fossil fuels to diffuse, expensive, unreliable wind and solar would slow economic growth in the poverty-stricken developing countries. That slowdown would retard growth in jobs and income, which would, in turn, put more lives at risk from poverty’s threats than the tiny amount of warming that might be prevented.
Hescox’s statement has another, deadly serious, implication. By tying the pro-life label to global warming, Hescox risks putting the science of the start of human life—and with it the whole pro-life claim that abortion kills a human being—on par with the far more murky science of anthropogenic climate change. To continue reading on ChristianPost.com, click here.
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