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Pro-Life? Pro-Choice? Go Vegan!

Written by PETA | January 14, 2010

I love debunking tired, meaningless clichés, but here’s one I’ve never been able to disprove: Everything is bigger in Texas. The state’s latest colossus? The largest abortion clinic in the United States.

Planned Parenthood of Houston won’t open its new facility—a 78,000-square-foot, renovated former bank—until April, but a coalition of pro-life advocates and religious leaders will gather in Houston on January 18 to protest the clinic. We’d like to bring some peace to all this debate by urging everyone to respect the sanctity of all life, so we’re asking to erect our “Pro-Life? Go Vegan” billboard in the area.




A cruelty-free diet makes sense no matter where you stand on the abortion debate. Oh, and, yes, with all this obsession with breaking size records, my 5’4″ of self-esteem is doing just fine, thanks.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • debrraa says:

    How many animal rights supporters are pro choice? It is sad that you would fight to the death for an animal but a child is not worth the fight for you. I was a gestational carrier for my nephew who was FROZEN. Please I only ask you treat a person with the same respect that you want for a chinchilla

  • princess mononoke says:

    i agree with del and cindy oh and go vegetarians

  • Kurt K says:

    Del Few? Are you saying that there are only a few that are against abortion? You might want to check that again. Then you equate the radical few who have committed murder to get their point across to all who are prolife. Nice try. Ending a human life before birth is the same as ending a life after birth.

  • Del says:

    Trust Women Roe v. Wade 37th Women have been our backbone Ever since the dawn of Man Without them theres no meaning To that Heavenly plan. Though Man has tried to stifle them And not listen to their voice Finally laws have come to pass That give Women their choice. Some people still wont recognize That freedom is for everyone Wed be back to the old ways If their backward will was done. In some countries they are slaves And like livestock sold and bought Jailed beaten even murdered For having independent thought. Our Nation claims to be better Though not long since they could vote Equal to a Man in many ways But not in all we should note. Seems when they finally get a Right Some people want to take it back Like now when Roe v. Wade Comes under their radical attack. The Right to control their bodies Is one they want to take away To force their will on everyone Surely not the American way! There have even been some murders Of those who uphold that Right and Law While claiming the right to life What an ignorant mental flaw! We should trust all those Women And respect their Right to Choice Not let the few silence them Take away that Right their Voice. Del Abe Jones 01.22.2010

  • Ralph says:

    Thank you for a nice debate Jessica but one more question How do you feel about PETA’s stance on Controlled Atmosphere Killing and how they’ll support businesses that will purchase things such as “crueltyfree” and “freerange” farms? I just find both rather interesting given the “Go vegan” stance that you usually see from PETA but there are stories including one recently on Sonic that invoke these cases.

  • VeggieKarrie08 says:

    Hello I used to be a Pro life Christian. However when I checked into what Pro life actually was for I decided to be a Independent Pro Choice Christian. I am think if your pro life you should be a vegetarian or Vegan with that matter. Since turning Pro choice and Vegetarian. I am starting to live a much healthier life and happy Life and I still am a strong Christian but being Pro choice and Vegetarian Is what I want to go.

  • Jessica says:

    Yes I figured out that that’s what you meant as evidenced by my saying that the “conditions…are sadly legal”. I wasn’t pointing out all of your grammatical and usage errors though I will admit that’s my natural inclination. I know what the current state of the world is and quite honestly it is terrible for many animals and people. I was merely pointing out how society is still evolvingit has taken many years for people to start respecting those who differ from them though many still haven’t and I and many others hope that one day the law will recognize that animals have feelings and consciousness and deserve respect as well. Eating meat is bad for a person’s health the environment and of course the animals themselves. Even though it’s legal the way people treat animals and consume meat today is unethical. There is no legitimate objective justification for treating animals so poorly except that they are different.

  • Ralph says:

    “Right now murdering humans is illegal slaughtering animals for food is.” What I meant to say was “Slaughtering animals is NOT illegal.” Only illegal death of a living being is human kind or severe cruelty to animals. Slaughtering for food however is not extreme cruelty in the eyes of the law. That is the current state of the world though my stance regarding animal welfare remains the same.

  • Jessica says:

    RalphFirstly I’m aware that “A Modest Proposal” had nothing to do with animals it was where the comparison to eating human babies came from. I was just citing the source. And while perhaps an individual animal can defend him or herself against an individual unarmed human I too have been kicked and bitten by horses because I work with them but the idea that they could somehow defend themselves when raised in factory farms in horrendous conditions beaten and shoved into tiny cages is absolutely ludicrous! The fact is that the overwhelming majority of the animals eaten by humans are raised in unbelievably cruel conditions that are sadly legal. Just look around this website! Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right. Slavery was legal in this country for a very long time and in many countries today it is perfectly legal to beat and abuse women. We really don’t have the right to torture chickens and pigs any more than white people had a right to enslave black people.

  • Ralph says:

    Jessica simply put a “Modest Proposal” was written during a time when food was hard to come by and there were other political issues at hand. The only thing I’ll say about “A person who eats meat is forcing his or her opinion on animals who did not choose to suffer and die so that they could be eaten” is that I’ve nearly been run over by a cow and been kicked by a horse before they know how to defend themselves. Right now murdering humans is illegal slaughtering animals for food is. That’s the simple fact of this world. If it’s done in the right way such as lessening the pain suffered by an animal then I’m for it. If it does show true cruelty and there are some cases I’m against it and speak as strong as those who are vegetarian.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I am against abortion on demand. Abortion should be a choice only in a case of rape or when the life of the mother is in danger. With all the birth control options available today if you can’t afford to buy the pill or the patch try abstinance which is free and 100 effective here is your choice either take the pill put on the patch or say no to the guy or be prepared to raise or put the resulting child up for adoption. Now my idea for a tshirt to wear to church would be a copy of the billboard “Eating meat stops a beating heart.”

  • Jessica says:

    Ralphmaybe there are some extreme cases I’m not a doctor so I can’t say for certain. I can say that the vast majority of adults do not need animal products and would be healthier without all the added fat and cholesterol. I didn’t say your opinion was wrong it’s the action. A person who eats meat is forcing his or her opinion on animals who did not choose to suffer and die so that they could be eaten. If I thought that human babies were tasty and should be eaten see Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” an essay from 1729 that would be my opinion and I have a right to the opinion. But do I have a right to act on it by taking and killing babies? After all for just one example in some respects pigs are smarter than 2 or 3yearold human children. Thank you for your civility and politeness by the way

  • Ralph says:

    Jessica you are mistaken there are some who do. I unfortunately am one of them. In fact I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for the fact I wasn’t allergic to cow milk when I was a baby my mom couldn’t produce what I personally needed to survive. So yes I thrived off the help of surrogate parents this case cattle. It’s also why I have trouble eating beef. But you don’t know me personally than I know you so you are entitled to feel how you do about the situation. The second part regarding “Right to act on opinion” can you please tell me why my opinion is wrong and yours is right. This is my quibble with the argument you can’t force one person to follow your opinion anymore than you can say mine.

  • Jessica says:

    Ralphyour comment makes me feel obligated to say a few things. First of all nobody NEEDS meat or milk. There are plenty of sources of nutrients like protein and calcium that are actually better for you your health and conscience than animal products. Also I agree that everyone has a right to his or her own opinion. The key is that you don’t have a right to ACT on your opinion if it infringes on the wellbeing of others. You can think that women are inferior to men but if you start beating your wife you are infringing on her rights even though you are acting in accordance with your opinion. The same holds true for animals you can think what you want about them but torturing them on factory farms and killing them for meat is not respecting their “opinion” which while they can’t speak it the same way we can is surely that they deserve to live natural happy lives.

  • Ralph says:

    Wow… so many comments against Christianity in support of this ad which is neutral considering some ads from PETA. Let’s be clear here Christianity has nothing to do with whether or not you eat animals or if they care about cruelty to animals or not. All faiths have people who counter the mainstream thought of religion that’s why so many sects. Eating meat a choice in life for sustinance. Some people cannot live without the nutrients found in milk and meat while others such as yourselves can. I don’t like it necessarily but it’s a fact. Unfortunately there are many narrowminded people in this world who think that one way or another is the only way. Why can’t people just have the right to have their own opinion? Doesn’t have to be right but it should be given a modicum of respect. We live in a country where people have the right to their opinion and not have it forced upon someone.

  • Marnie says:

    “Do to nobody which you don’t like to be done to yourself!” Animals feel the same pain like humans. And it’s a matter of respect!

  • Abby says:

    I think part of the background on many Christians being prolife but not proanimal rights comes from the fact that the 10 Commandments’ verb for “thou shall not kill” in the original Hebrew meant only don’t kill innocent humans. It did not apply to animals or to war executions etc. Animals were sacrificed and eaten some of them anyway even when innocent human life was supposed to be protected. I doubt that most Christians today think that an animal life equates with a human life so that’s why your family members see no trouble with protesting abortion while also being hunters.

  • cindy haas says:

    Hi I just wish people would leave other alone when it comes to very personal decisions. Thanks Cindy Haas

  • cindy haas says:

    Hi I just want to say that I am very pro choice and it is nobody’s business except the person who unfortunatley has an unwanted pregnancy. Thanks CA Haas

  • Brien Comerford says:

    It’s morally consistent to be a ProLife animal loving vegetarian. Creationists should respect humans as children of God and all animal species as creatures of God.

  • AAG says:

    Kelley Please don’t make generalizations not all Christians are created equal. There are animal advocates that are prolife except they are afraid to say so because so many animal advocates are proabortion. There are conservative vegans and I am one of them. I am also Catholic. I applaud PETA’s efforts with this billboard. this would make a great tshirt and I would be the first to purchase one and wear it to Church.

  • Marissa says:

    Alot of my family is pretty religous and call them selves “pro life” but yet alot of them hunt. It makes me sick and I dont get it at all. their excuse is that animals would die of starvation if they didnt kill themhunt themI dont think its right.

  • Kelley says:

    You are right BluebellI have never understood how prolife Christians heck all Christians for that matter can turn a blind eye to so much suffering and abuse in our country.

  • Bluebell says:

    It’s amazing how many socalled ‘prolifers’ are vehemently opposed to the use of embryonic stem cells unable to feel pain and yet they remain quiet over the use of fully developed animals in research…