The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the organization filled with mainstream churches that endorse abortion, has an Easter message for its readers: Life is only valuable when it can be lived well, and Jesus endorses that.
Reverend Matthew Westfox, Director of Interfaith Outreach, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, writes in a special Easter column that
Easter is about … the victory of God, of love, of justice, over death. “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” reminds me that Easter is a celebration of life itself and what Christians honor and revere about life….. To be pro-life, after all, means to honor life and to cherish it. But do we honor life, or do we honor a heartbeat? Life, after all, is the ability to LIVE, to connect with other human beings, and, for Christians, life is among other things the ability to experience the presence of Christ through those connections. To live is to use our God-given conscience and power of moral decision- making. It is to act as a truly free person with control over one’s own body, sexuality, and reproduction.
This man is asserting that only lives that can be lived with value and purpose are worth coming forth from the womb. If that baby is going to, as Westfox says, be able to connect with people and with God, then perhaps it’s a life worth living, but a heartbeat is not an indication of that.