A pro-life atheist
Many pro-abortionists claim that the only motivation for opposing abortion is religion. While it is true that most of the opposition to abortion comes from Christians, there are atheists and other secularists who are allied with us in this fight. Here is part of an article that was published in World magazine.
Terrisa Bukovinac, 38, is an atheist, vegan, Democrat, feminist, animal rights activist, and LGBT advocate.
Yet, since 2017, Bukovinac has run Pro-Life San Francisco. It’s not uncommon to see her with a bullhorn, a homemade sign, or a fetal model in hand—or at pro-life gatherings with Catholics and Christians. “She has a pretty loud voice, and she uses it,” one of her friends said.
Bukovinac met up with me recently at a downtown San Francisco coffee boutique, where she sported fuchsia lipstick, metallic combat boots, and a leopard print jacket. We talked for nearly two hours about her beliefs, her struggles, her growing millennial following, and her concern for unborn babies.
The pro-life movement is attracting more people like Bukovinac. Pro-abortion folks, she says, “don’t really know what to do with me.”
She is not the only non-Christian who opposes abortion. She is a member of an organization called Secular Pro-Life. Here is the purpose of their organization.
Secular Pro-Life is a group for pro-life atheists, agnostics, humanists—any pro-life secularists. Part of our mission is to create a space for nonreligious pro-lifers to gather and discuss our perspective on abortion within the context of our secularism.
Christians should welcome the cooperation of non-Christians in our opposition to abortion but we need to keep in mind that our ultimate goals are not the same.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Obedience to the commands of Jesus includes opposing abortion but this should not take precedence over the command to make disciples. In fact our non-Christian allies in the abortion struggle should also be the objects of our evangelistic efforts. A good place to begin would be by praying for the salvation of Terrisa and those like her. It wouldn’t do any good to end abortion if the babies whose lives were saved grew up without hearing the gospel and in the end were condemned to Hell.