As a pro-life Secular Humanist atheist, my opposition to abortion is not based on "Christian values" or any religious considerations. My primary motivation is my high regard for life and its uniqueness. Unlike Christians and other religionists, I realize that the choice isn't between this mortal life and some purported postmortal "eternal life," but between life and death, existence and nonexistence, being and not being. Even in its totality, with joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, triumph and failure, life is preferable to the alternative which is no alternative at all. As an atheist, I understand that which affirms life is good and is to be supported and that which denies life is evil and is to be opposed. Abortion is the denial of life to its individual victims and a denial of life writ large. Abortion is the ultimate denial of life. I oppose abortion not because "the Bible tells me so," but, in the words of the tagline of my nontheistic/nonreligious pro-life website, Atheist and Agnostic Pro-Life League, "because life is all there is and all that matters, and abortion destroys the life of an innocent human being." I oppose abortion because it is a denial of both the humanity and the human rights of the most innocent and most vulnerable members of the human family. |
I oppose abortion because to do otherwise would be a denial of my own humanity.
— Matt Wallace, "An Interview with a Pro-Life Atheist"
42 Years of Life Denied: Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton (22 January 1973)
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(Please note: Epigraphs are collected in their own section of my Curio Cabinet.)