Friday, May 18, 2018

Life Issues Forum: Avengers: A Pro-Life Conversation Starter



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Avengers: A Pro-Life Conversation Starter                                          May 18, 2018

By Anna Rose Riccard

Pro-lifers, take note. Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War* recently had the biggest opening weekend of any movie ever. It has already made over 1.6 billion dollars worldwide, and if you haven't seen it, you certainly know someone who has. This blockbuster has captivated the culture and provides a perfect opportunity to start a pro-life conversation.
 
For those unfamiliar with the story, the movie's villain, Thanos, is on a quest to put together the Infinity Gauntlet. This will let him obliterate half of all life in the universe with a snap of his fingers. He once watched his own civilization crumble, apparently from overpopulation and lack of resources; ever since, he has traveled to different planets, murdering half of their inhabitants so the same fate cannot befall them. To Thanos, it is better that half a population die so that the rest can prosper.
 
This villainous character is an exaggerated comic-book personification of a cold utilitarianism behind many of the anti-life sentiments we see today. How many abortion supporters claim that we live in a zero-sum world where it is better to kill some of the unborn rather than strain our finite natural resources supporting them all? How many politicians have campaigned for the "right" of the terminally ill to commit suicide in order to free up valuable resources for healthier people?
 
While most people would not murder half the population of the universe for the "greater" good, this idea progresses naturally from a logic that many find compelling today. It is here that a conversation with our friends who are against or apathetic to the pro-life position can begin. If they've seen the movie, we can ask them why they believe it's wrong for Thanos to deliberately kill so many people, thinking it will save others. Then we can build on our friends' natural human revulsion to the villain's callous attitude towards genocide. If it turns out that their only objection to his plan is its scale, we might invite them to get specific: how many deaths is an acceptable number to trade for prosperity and plenty?
 
From here, the conversation can go in several productive directions. Why are some lives considered more valuable (to the fictional characters in the movie and to us) than others? Who, if anyone, should make that judgment? Why would we choose to eliminate people in need rather than working to meet the needs of all people?
 
Avengers: Infinity War can be an opportunity to engage friends in a subtly pro-life conversation that they might otherwise shy away from. With a little thought about these themes ahead of time, we can start from a place of common ground ("Wasn't the new Avengers movie interesting?") and lead into a friendly and fruitful discussion. It's a low-pressure way to plant seeds of truth that every life is inherently valuable and worth protecting.
 
 
*References do not indicate endorsement.
Anna Rose Riccard (photo) is Program Associate for the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information on the bishops' pro-life activities, please visit www.usccb.org/prolife.

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LifeNews: This Man Donated Blood Every Week for 60 Years and Saved 2.4 Million Babies



This Man Donated Blood Every Week for 60 Years and Saved 2.4 Million Babies


       
LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Friday, May 18, 2018


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The Trump administration is announcing new regulations today to partially defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses of tens of millions of tax dollars.Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

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The parents of Alfie Evans have gone through enough in recent weeks — with the battle over the life and death of the little boy and his ultimate passing away.
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Planned Parenthood is More Interested in Abortion and Your Tax Dollars Than Women’s Health


The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to soon file a proposal that would update regulations of the Title X Family Planning Grant Program—and likely deny Planned Parenthood millions of taxpayer dollars.

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After President Trump Defunds Planned Parenthood Again, Abortion Biz Claims He “Wants to Control Women”



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A new feminist book introduces babies to politics. Yes, babies.
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Ireland Must Vote No on Legalizing Abortion Because “Unborn Babies are Human Beings”



Katie Ascough, a young voice of the pro-life movement in Ireland, challenged voters to consider one question before they go to the polls on May 25.

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