There's kind of a stereotype for the people who support the pro-life movement: Catholic/Christian, middle class, white, etc. And yes, I definitely fit that criteria. However, these next few posts are to show the diversity of the movement and shed some light on groups within the pro-life movement that are ignored by the media and overlooked by the general public.
This weeks group is PLAGAL, or the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians. PLAGAL began in 1990 as local groups in both Washington DC and Minneapolis, MN (shout out to my favorite state). The movement began as "Gays Against Abortion," but the name was changed in 1991 to the name it has today with a more positive tone and includes a larger community. The group participates in annual marches including the March for Life and Pride Marches.
Photo Credit to PLAGAL.org: Picture Gallery
The group said that "Our membership includes women and men of various sexual orientations, political affiliations, and geographic locations-- all committed to raising awareness of the pro-life ethic as consistent with the gay and lesbian struggle for human rights." So basically, PLAGAL believes that fighting for the rights of unborn children is consistent with their battle for equality. They say that "human rights begin when human life begins." They fight for both the rights of the unborn and equal rights for gays and lesbians.
I find this group very interesting and inspiring. They are already fighting an uphill battle themselves yet they are willing to take on another very hot button issue because they are firm in the belief of protecting life and promoting human rights. The Vice President of PLAGAL, Tim Cravens asked "How can we fight for the humanity of those within the LGBT community while ignoring the humanity of the unborn child? As members of the LGBT community, we know all too well what it is like to be considered less than human. We know what it is like to be unwanted. It is a false belief that if we support a woman's so-call "right to choose," we are securing the rights of those within the LGBT community."
It is really interesting to see the parallels between the two movements and amazing to see this community come together so passionately to participate in the pro-life movement. What do you think of this group? Do you agree with their logic? Please share your comments below! I hope you enjoyed this post! Get ready for another exciting post next weekend!
If you would like more information on PLAGAL, check out their website: