Saturday, August 3, 2019

Pro-Lifers Help at the Border

From Kathryn Jean Lopez at the National Review:
“We are pro-life because we care about the inherit human dignity of every living person, inside the womb and out,” Herndon-De La Rosa says. She feels a heightened responsibility to not look away from people at the border because “as a Texan . . . it’s happening in my backyard,” she notes. “All are vulnerable and all are human beings.”

New Wave Feminists previously made headlines when, owing to their anti-abortion views, they were denied a place at the Women’s March on Washington the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Herndon-De La Rosa’s efforts at the border are consistent with the tone she strikes on abortion: Let’s get to a place where we support initiatives we can agree on; in this case, it’s about making sure conditions are safe and humane for mothers and children and families as they seek asylum in the U.S.
Herndon-De La Rosa and her New Wave Feminists want our society to ultimately see abortion as unthinkable — which is only going to come with establishing more credibility and trust than people across the political aisles and labels on abortion currently have. Also consistent with this thinking, she tells me:
The people at the border are not “others.” They’re not our enemy. Many of them are . . . people of faith, mothers and fathers, good, decent people just trying to escape a horrific situation. They are just like us. . . . We have a two-party system that’s broken, and it’s not going to be fixed overnight. We have to be there to fill in the gaps where we can.
The New Wave Feminists’ Bottles to the Border 2.0 campaign began as the media debated Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s remark about the detention centers at the border being “concentration camps.” Having previously learned how quickly the respite center runs through donations, New Wave Feminists decided it was time to go back down to McAllen. (Read more.)

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