A positive reflection on how pro-lifers should approach social media and cyberspace today, Jan. 22, which marks the 41st anniversary of the March for Life.
Original article published on January 21, 2014 at Focus.org.
By: Melissa Keating
I have made many decisions that I regret, but almost none so much as my time outside of the pro-life movement. I converted to Catholicism when I was 16. Even though I disagreed with abortion at the time, I didn’t join the pro-life movement in earnest until after college.
There were many reasons I hesitated, such as stubbornness and pride. But I think that more than anything, I didn’t want to be a victim. That’s what the pro-life cause looked like to me: A bunch of people who felt victimized by the media and the government. The March for Life reconfirmed this view every year.
Now I get it. This is a passionate time of year for the pro-life movement. We hear conflicting reports from newscasters about numbers that we know are deflated. We see people protest and treat us with anger and disrespect. We’re told repeatedly that we’re marching against women, instead of for life. It’s tempting to feel like victims fighting against an oppressive regime. But there’s a subtle yet crucial difference between marching for life and marching against secularism. We’re not here to retaliate, we’re here to stand for life.
We are missionaries. We are not the victims.
The following three tips can help us put this into action.