OTTAWA, Ontario, May 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A former atheist turned pro-life activist says that when it comes to talking about abortion, “saying nothing is not an option,” urging that one should always speak the “truth” when dialoguing with someone to try to change their mind about the killing of unborn babies in the womb.
“Saying nothing [about abortion] is not an option, so if we must say something, let’s do the best that we can to say that something as well as we can,” said Jay Watts, founder and president of Merely Human Ministries, Inc. Watts was one of the speakers at the 2021 Canadian March for Life Youth Conference, which was held online last Friday.
“We may not have to see it all the time … but it’s real, it is a great moral crime, and we cannot be quiet in the face of it,” he said.
Watts talk centered around pro-life “apologetics” or having “conversations so that you can defend the value of human life even if all you have is a couple of minutes.”
He added that while “saying nothing is the easiest thing you can do,” people need to learn to equip themselves to be able to speak about the horrors of abortion.
“I desperately want us to win people with good arguments. It’s not always possible, but to the best that we can, we need to win people over to our view, not just so that we can win and get the laws that we want passed and enacted, but so that we can have a society that treats all of its members better, and deeply considers our obligations and duties to one another,” said Watts.
Watts grew up in the south of the United States and said that he was an atheist throughout college, “outspokenly pro-choice for a long time.”
Watts noted that while he was an “anti-Christian” at one point, one of the first things he noticed when he became a Christian was that everyone was pro-life, while he still remained pro-abortion.
He said he prayed to God, “I will do whatever you wany, I am yours,” so long as he would “never” have to talk about abortion again. “I had to become convinced, through and through, that abortion was wrong. It took a long time to get to a place where I realize that the unborn are one of us,” said Watts.
Watts explained that becoming a Christian was easier than converting to a pro-life view. “That transition was rough and hard, and it broke me,” noted Watts, adding that the issue of abortion is so intense that feelings can’t get in the way of getting the truth to people.
He encouraged viewers to “engage the abortion dialogue to help people have more comfortable conversations about abortion.”
“The unborn are members of the human family,” emphasized Watts.
He said the first thing to do when speaking to someone who may be pro-abortion is to ask them, “What is the unborn?”
“This way,” said Watts, one can “find out what people think this means,” adding that sometimes people just assume that an unborn child is “not like us, not one of us.”
Watts added when discussing abortion with someone who supports it, it’s best to state clearly that abortion is “wrong,” making this “a discussion about what is right and wrong.”
“It is a human life, alive and distinct from their mother and father. Every human life has a right to live,” said Watts.
The head of the U.S. Bishops' Pro-Life office, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, is under attack for consistently calling out Joe Biden for the serious sin of publicly promoting abortion.
A petition has been launched against Archbishop Naumann because he continues to preach the truth that "Catholic" politicians who promote abortion are endangering their souls and causing grave scandal to the faithful.
We must now come to Archbishop Naumann's defense.
Please SIGN and SHARE WIDELY this petition which urges the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops not to demote or remove Archbishop Naumann from head of the Pro-Life Committee, but rather, to follow his lead in urging Joe Biden to repent of the terrible sin of promoting the murder the unborn human beings.
Archbishop Naumann has come under fire, from people who plainly know or care little about Catholic moral teaching, for stating the obvious in a recent interview with LifeSiteNews:
It is the responsibility of the Bishops of the United States to defend the most fundamental of all human rights, the right to life, and to protect the integrity of Catholic moral teaching. We cannot abdicate either of these responsibilities, even as we are eager to work with everyone to promote the common good...
We must continue to speak to President Biden, as well as all Catholics, and even all Americans, about the truth of what abortion is. Abortion is not something to be celebrated, and it is not healthcare. It is the intentional killing of a child. To participate in abortion or to promote abortion is a grave evil.
And, in an even more pointed statement made in an interview with Catholic World Report, Archbishop Naumann defended the Holy Eucharist against Biden's attack on human life, suggesting that Biden should not present himself for Holy Communion:
When Catholics receive the Eucharist, they are acknowledging the Real Presence of Jesus, and also belief in the teachings of the Church. President Biden doesn’t believe in the Church’s teachings on the Sanctity of Human Life, and he should not put the priest in the situation where he has to decide whether or not to allow him to receive the Eucharist. He should know that after 78 years as a Catholic.
But, again, by calling out Joe Biden for his public promotion of abortion, Archbishop Naumann is not doing anything out-of-the-ordinary.
He is only saying what the bishops should have all been saying, with a unified voice, since Biden won the nomination during the election campaign.
Indeed, in an open letter published on inauguration day, Archbishop José Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), warned that Biden’s pledge to pursue anti-life and anti-family policies would advance “moral evils” in the areas of “abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender."
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops not to demote or replace Archbishop Naumann as head of the Pro-Life Committee, but rather, to follow his lead in urging Joe Biden to repent of the horrific sin of promoting the murder of the preborn.
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'EXCLUSIVE: Bishop Naumann – US bishops must address scandal of ‘Catholic’ Biden championing abortion' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/exclusive-bishop-naumann-us-bishops-must-address-scandal-of-catholic-biden-championing-abortion
'Bishops need to ‘correct’ pro-abortion Biden for ‘acting contrary’ to Catholic faith: Abp. Naumann' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bishops-need-to-correct-pro-abortion-biden-for-acting-contrary-to-catholic-faith-abp-naumann
In the Q&A session following his talk, Watts said that if someone does not believe in objective moral value, then there is no reason to talk to them at all about abortion, going on to state they might not “really believe” this point.
The 2021 Canadian March for Life Youth Conference was titled “I Am With You,” and was hosted by Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) Youth and Niagara Region Right to Life, taking place on Friday, May 14, a day after the in-person rally and march on Parliament Hill.
On Thursday, pro-life Canadians marched in the nation’s capital to peacefully protest government-sanctioned abortion on demand and euthanasia in the 2021 Canadian National March for Life.
The march saw around a thousand people march to demand “legal protection for every human being from conception to natural death.”
According to CLC, every day in Canada, almost “300 Canadian women undergo an abortion, in which a baby is killed before birth through surgical or chemical means,” adding that on any given day more than “15 vulnerable Canadians are killed by euthanasia or assisted suicide.”