Pledge to

Educate myself and my family about common sense living.

This pledge closed almost 4 years ago

How this will help

Friends, it's time to think CHANGE. It's time to re-examine "life" for all that it represents, a time to reprogram our understanding of life to include not just conception and birth, but, more importantly, life after birth. Let's engage in meaningful action -- one that nurtures, enhances and protects the sanctity of the ENTIRE SPECTRUM of life. Let's empower ourselves, our families, and our communities with knowledge. Let's make informed decisions. Let's learn to let go of blind faiths, irrational fears, erroneous beliefs, and meaningless rites and rituals. Let's ignite minds, young and old, to take a stand, make a personal change, fight for causes they believe in, or discover new things. Let's embrace the future and move forward together as ONE, with love and compassion for all. Let's learn to be pro-life. Here's why:

Young and vivacious Savita Halappanavar, a dentist by profession, died tragically on Oct 28, 2012 from septicemia, following the denial of a life-saving abortion in Ireland. I don't know why, but this case really struck a chord in me. May be, because, she's a woman, as am I. May be, because, she is Asian Indian, as am I. May be, it highlighted an issue that has forever beleaguered humankind – what constitutes "life" and "living?"

This baby would've been young Savita and her husband's first child, a gift they, undoubtedly, were looking forward to receiving and nurturing. Although Savita laid bleeding, enduring severe pain, the doctors in Ireland allegedly refused to terminate her 17-week pregnancy owing to a fetal heartbeat. Although it was clear she was having a miscarriage, the doctors allegedly cited Catholicism and protection of the unborn child as the higher priority. Mere days later, the unborn baby and the mother were both dead. What caused the fetus to self-destruct, we'll never know. What killed the mother, however, was a blind adherence to a radical, archaic definition of "pro-life." Surely, life doesn't just begin at conception and end at birth? What about the entire course of a human life? How can you justify the death of a mother when her baby can't be saved? If flesh eating bacteria impacted a limb, what would you do? Would you sever the limb or wait until the bacteria overwhelmed the entire body? If a tumor grew in your brain, would you zap off the tumor or wait until it metastasized?

To me, the debate isn't about abortion or religion; rather, it transcends the mundane, worldly issues. It's about life and the right to live a quality life -- one that is fully expressed, connected, healthy, embracing, open to learning, compassionate, and vibrant. It's also about being practical and supplanting baseless, bygone practices with common sense approaches.

My own grandmother died during her fifth pregnancy, leaving behind my grief-stricken grandfather to care for the four older children, all under the age of six. But this was decades ago, in rural British India, in a tiny hamlet where the rooster's call broke dawn and the setting sun signaled dusk, where water was drawn manually from wells, where a stove comprised a pile of stones heated by an open wood- or cow-dung-burning fire, where cows were milked every morning in the backyard, where medical care and hospitals were as non-existent as the concept itself. Unlike my grandmother, Savita had the privilege of being in a modern-day medical facility powered by life-saving technology and equipment and surrounded by well-trained medical professionals, in Ireland -- a modern, advanced country by all standards. Yet, Savita's destiny was no different than that of my grandmother's.

Friends, your pledge matters! It tells Savita, and thousands like her, that her untimely (and unjust) exit made an impact on the world. If alive, who knows what Savita, and thousands like her, could have accomplished. Found a cure for cancer? Brokered peace deals for warring countries? Ensured a lasting supply of fresh, clean water for all? Her dying, unborn child didn't stand a chance, but she did.

Become pro-life. Add your name today!

Thank you.

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