Articles From The Writings of Vasu Murti

The Root of the Problem

You wrote:
"If you are against abortion, wouldn't it make sense to get to the root of the problem?"
Yes. Srila Prabhupada said about abortion:
"Who are these children being killed? They are these meat-eaters. They enjoyed themselves when so many animals were killed and now they're being killed by their own mothers. People do not know how nature is working. If you kill you must be killed. If you kill the cow, who is your mother, then in some future lifetime your mother will kill you. Yes. The mother becomes the child, and the child becomes the mother.
"We don't want to stop trade, or the production of grains and vegetables and fruit. But we want to stop these killing houses. It is very, very sinful. That is why all over the world they have so many wars. Every ten or fifteen years there is a big war -- a wholesale slaughterhouse for humankind. But these rascals -- they do not see it, that by the law of  karma, every action must have its reaction."

Not only Srila Prabhupada. Any reincarnationist will say abortion and war are the karma for killing animals. There is an ancient Chinese Buddhist saying:
"If you wish to know 
"Why there are disasters  
"Of armies and weapons in the world 
"Listen to the piteous cries 
"From the slaughterhouse at midnight"

At a Seamless Garment conference at the University of San Francisco in September 1997, Reverend Heng Sure, an American Buddhist monk, similarly told progressive Catholics that as long as people are eating meat (killing animals) there will be abortions.
You'd think the unborn right-to-lifers would immediately understand the animal right-to-lifers! Pro-life activist Bryan Kemper of Stand True Ministries at writes:
”It just saddens me that businesses that cater to children help raise money for the killing of innocent babies. Do they not realize they are helping to kill off the very children who could be their customers in just a few years?…
“Cheesecake Factory…I have no intention of ever eating there again. For the latest on this particular boycott…”

So pro-lifers like Bryan Kemper DO understand that there is a direct cause-and-effect relationship. Eating at the Cheesecake Factory (which contributes to Planned Parenthood) causes unborn children to die. Pro-lifers call for a boycott of the Cheesecake Factory, it isn't mistaken for a sectarian (like circumcision) "dietary law" (like "keeping kosher"), nor is it mistaken for telling others what to eat, etc. It's understood that the lives of unborn children are at stake.
Why won't they listen when we patiently explain to them that the eating of meat, the institutionalized killing of billions of animals, destroys redwoods and rainforests, has led directly to global hunger, global warming, the energy, environmental, population, and water crises, and is sentencing the unborn to die?!
As you say, we have to get to the root of the problem: educate pro-lifers on animal rights issues. 
And polls have found a third of Democrats opposed to abortion.

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