Every year since 1974, Texans and Americans have participated in an annual 'March for Life' in an effort to make a stand against abortion.

Believe it or not, it's gonna be here before we know it.

The March for Life organizers' mission is stated on their website as follows:

"We promote the beauty and dignity of every human life by working to end abortion—uniting, educating, and mobilizing pro-life people in the public square."

Also stated is a vision for the future in which "the beauty and dignity of every human life [is] valued and protected.'

That is quite a vision, indeed. It's a vision that may cause someone to ponder what that really means.

It also got me thinking about what it means to be "pro-life."

This is not a discussion about abortion. Goodness knows there are robust, heartfelt views on this issue and that is not the intention of this post.

Rather, in addition to seeking to protect the lives of the unborn, what other ways could one seek to value and protect "the beauty and dignity of every human life?"

Here are some of the ideas that have been put forth about what else it might mean to be pro-life: 

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Seeking to protect women, the elderly, and the vulnerable.

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Hollie Santos, Unsplash

Would it be considered pro-life to do more to provide basic healthcare for our more vulnerable citizens? What about adequate maternity or paternity leave so that parents can more easily spend time with those precious little ones?

In times of economic hardship, does it make sense to make sure that kids in less fortunate circumstances have access to early childhood services? Might that promote a brighter future and better life for these kids?

How might we take better care of our elderly who don't have the blessing of a loving family to look after them?

What about our water supply?

Most of the human body is made of water, particular percentages vary depending on various factors. So it might make sense to do all we can to keep our water clean and safe so we don't cause harm to children and people, generally.

Noble stewardship of the planet and its many living creatures?

It's hard to fathom that so many of the unique species on this planet have either disappeared or become quite endangered. Although some are skeptical, scientists have become more and more adamant that climate change is responsible for many deaths and great economic loss.

And back to the beginning: Seeking to protect our children.

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Johnny Cohen, Unsplash

Of course. Always. Including after they're bornA recent study indicates that thousands of children and teens are killed every year by guns, 61% of those due to assault. What about stricter laws in place for domestic abuse?

Some have even suggested that we only use the death penalty in the worst possible cases, especially since we know that some have been put to death unfairly--after the fact.

Of course, when we think of pro-life, the first thought is of the unborn.

Whatever one's views on when life begins and the right and moral way to approach such a tender subject, it may be worth considering how else we can take steps to be champions of life--even past birth

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