You can tell a lot about a group of people from how they react to both success and setbacks.
As the United States remains split on the controversial question of abortion, a nation in South America is grappling with the same issue — and how pro-lifers and pro-choicers just acted after a major legislative decision is very revealing.
Late last week, Argentina’s Senate voted to block a measure that would have made abortions through 14 weeks legal. The defeated bill would also have effectively forced religious hospitals to perform abortions, a major issue in the predominantly Catholic country.
The most well-respected Catholic in the world, Pope Francis, had strong words for the pro-abortion crowd back in June. Francis — who is himself from Argentina — compared the push to end the lives of unborn children to past genocide and eugenics carried out by Nazis.
“Last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the race,” he said. “(T)oday, we do the same thing but with white gloves.” The pontiff’s bold statement no doubt helped sway the vote in his South American home country.
Videos from both sides of the issue showed a stark contrast between how pro-life conservatives and pro-abortion liberals reacted to the vote. On the right, people were joyous and relieved.
— March for Life (@March_for_Life) August 9, 2018
Among the pro-abortion leftists, however, the scenes were deeply angry and even riotous.
“(A)pparent proponents of the bill reportedly threw bottles and started fires outside of government buildings,” reported Independent Journal Review. Footage from outlets including Bloomberg and Huffington Post UK confirmed that many so-called pro-choice demonstrators turned to rage and violence.
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) August 9, 2018
— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) August 9, 2018
Can you remember the last time conservative pro-life crowds literally started riots over abortion?
Neither could Obianuju Ekeocha, an African conservative activist who has been following the issue for many years.
“When pro-life people lose a battle,we walk away peacefully,” she pointed out on Twitter.
“When our opponents lose any battle they turn into anarchists and arsonists,” she continued. “In Argentina protesters set fire to part of the fence (at) Congress for being denied the ‘right’ to kill their unborn.”
When pro-life people lose a battle,we walk away peacefully. When our opponents lose any battle they turn into anarchists🤬 and arsonists🔥. In Argentina protesters set fire to part of the fence @ Congress for being denied the “right” to kill their unborn…pic.twitter.com/dw6OWv7FxV
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) August 9, 2018
It’s almost as if one group is intent on destruction no matter what, and is focused on spreading harm instead of love when it comes to both fragile life and their own communities.
Abortion is obviously a tough issue for many people, and the debate is not going away any time soon. Looking at how the two sides act and the way they treat others in their own cities is extremely eye-opening, however.
For all the talk about “love trumping hate” and “compassion,” it seems the left is much more interested in violence, ruin and rage. Argentina may be a world away, but it is a very important example for America.
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