When asked his views on abortion, the teenage pop sensation, Justin Bieber flicked his famous hair back and said, “I don’t believe in abortion, it’s like killing a baby.”
While he may not become the intellectual figure head of the pro-life movement any time soon, Mr. Bieber does have an important role to play in our culture. Abortion is the top issue in an immense division known as “the culture wars.” While politics, legislation, economics, and science play a role in the pro-life battle, culture is incredibly important in the fight to change hearts and minds.
In a culture inundated by with pro-choice messages about abortion and death, in everything from our music to our television to our clothing advertisements, here are a few pro-life songs and musicians to consider.
Go ahead, pump this music in your ears:
Coblie Callait, a two time Grammy winner, released a hit song in 2007 titled Capri. The sweet, mellow guitar plays a background for pro-life lyrics. Callait touches on the difficulty of motherhood, but focuses her song on the joys also associated with maternity:
She’s got a baby inside
And holds her belly tight
All through the night
Just so she knows she’s sleeping
So safely to keep her growing…
And things will be hard at times
But I’ve learned to try
Nick Cannon, the famous rapper and comedian who often appears in tabloids with his wife, Mariah Carey, released a pro-life song in 2005. The song “Can I Live” narrates the story of his near death experience when his mother went to an abortion clinic with the intent of aborting him. As we all know, he was not aborted, and his song, like Callait’s, touches upon the difficulty of being a mother, but focuses on the joy of life:
Let me plead my case
It’s the late 70’s huh
You seventeen huh
And having me that will ruin everything huh
It’s a lot of angels waiting on their wings
You see me in your sleep so you can’t kill your dreams
300 dollars that’s the price of living what?
Mommy I don’t like this clinic
Hopefully you’ll make the right decision
And don’t go through with the knife incision
While Colbie Caillat and Nick Cannon celebrate the decision of life, one famous song originally recorded by The Verve Pipe mourns lost fatherhood. Brian Vander Ark laments the unexpected guilt from his college girlfriend’s abortion:
Sobbing with my head on the floor
Stop a baby’s breath and a shoe full of rice…
For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and
We’d never compromise
Pop, R&B, folk, rap there are pro-life artists and songs for all listeners. Susan B. Anthony-List works hard to win political fights with the pro-life message, but you can help win the cultural fight to change hearts and minds by sharing these songs, one at a time.
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