Peter Kreeft is the professor of philosophy at Boston University. He is Catholic, and therefore often associated with the pro-life movement. (He has written a Socratic assessment of the pro-life/pro-choice debate, which may contribute to the association as well.) Recently he wrote a book based on a journal he kept, recording his general life advice for his children to read after he dies.
In this book, called Before I Go, he describes what it means to be pro-life. Here is what he says:
Therefore, to be “pro-life” means:
- loving and caring for your bodily health and the health of the planet that nourishes it
- loving and caring for play, that up-rush of life that we share with the higher animals but not with the lower (that’s why we play with dogs, not with worms)
- loving and caring for other human biological lives, not killing them by abortion, euthanasia, suicide, or starting wars
- loving and caring for other human psychological and spiritual lives as you care for your own, loving others as you love yourself
- loving the moral law that tells you how to do that
- knowing and loving nature and the nature of everything: man, woman, animals, God, and even sister death; not acting against their natures but “painting with the grain”
- loving the source and inventor of all life wherever He comes to you: in nature, in conscience, in the Bible, in the Mass, in children, everywhere, even in death.
He summarizes by saying, “See? Being ‘pro-life’ is bigger than #3 alone.'”
What do you think of this account of what it means to be “pro-life”? Is this an account of the “pro-life” perspective that makes sense to those who call themselves “pro-choice”?