By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Green and Organic: Why Not Also Pro-Life?

Among many people today, especially young people, there is a healthy recognition of the need for not harming the environment and for seeking natural foods and other natural alternatives in a society flooded with chemicals. There is a concern for life and for preserving it. There is a concern for preferring the most natural route.

When a woman is regularly inseminated by a male, voila, nature often takes its course and there emerges the very natural and organic miracle of new life--life that is uniquely different than the separate individual contributions of the male and female. It is probably the most amazing thing that we humans can witness and in which we can directly participate. If you respect the environment and nature, then what could be more natural and environmentally sound than to respect that natural miracle of new life? If you are all for the organic, what could be more organic than the natural emergence of new life from the union of male and female?

If you are averse to the unnatural, why not reject the unnatural instruments that contraceptive devices are? If you try to avoid the use of chemicals, why not also avoid the use chemical contraceptives? There are natural alternatives for responsible family planning that do not require either inserting devices or various types of barriers into the female body or using chemicals, whether in the form of gels, foams, or pills. If you are also a feminist, why not resist the unnatural invasion and manipulation of the natural metabolism of the amazing female body?

If we respect the natural processes of the environment, why do so many who do so advocate or complacently tolerate the barbaric invasion of the natural environment of the womb via abortion procedures--procedures certainly as brutal as strip mining a green hillside?

Nothing is more green, pro-environmental, organic, and natural than to respect the beautifully designed natural environment of the womb. The logical and reasonable conclusion of embracing the organic and the natural is to embrace the right of the unborn child to develop according to nature and to reject the invasion and tearing up of that natural environment. Those who harm the environment put their selfish, short-term desires above reverence for nature. That egotistical choice is exactly what abortion also does to the natural environment of the womb and its natural processes. That egotistical choice is the choice legitimated by pro-choice advocates and supporters. We rightly reject the egotistical choice of destroying the environment. Let us extend that admirable green logic to rejecting the egotistical choice that tears up the natural environment of the womb.