A youth minister named Lauren Gates offered up a pointed and touching message to pro-choice Americans in an effort to help them understand why she joined tens of thousands of protestors in Washington, D.C., for last Friday’s March for Life.
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“Our message is not hate, it’s not destructive. We are not being judgmental,” she told Faithwire in a video interview from the march. “We want to love you, the baby, the father, the mother, the whole family … it’s not just about being antiabortion.”
Gates said that many women who have abortions later report feeling as though they didn’t have a choice at the time of the procedure — something she’d like to see change. The minister said it is essential to offer up emotional and financial support so that people do not feel “forced to choose between having their baby or having (their) life.”
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She said that pro-life is much more than merely being anti-abortion, doesn’t restrict women’s rights and that it involves supporting human beings at all stages of life.
“Pro-life doesn’t mean that women don’t have options,” Gates said. “Women deserve more than abortion and they deserve love and support … and every human has the potential to be wonderful and amazing and we should foster that rather than terminating it.”
She said she believes life is given by God and can, thus, only be taken away by the Almighty.
“We shouldn’t assume that we have the power to take that away from someone,” Gates said.
Watch her comments below:
Gates also appeared in a separate compilation video featuring March for Life participants who explained exactly what being pro-life means to them. Watch that clip below:
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