Former New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson is speaking out about our culture of “abortion on demand” in light of recent laws that have rocked the pro-life community. Watson also admonishes our society’s draw toward moral relativism that allows people to not be held accountable to any objective truth.
“We’re living in a time of abortion on demand,” Watson said in an interview with Fox News. “We’re living in a time of relativism, and while I would agree that hopefully, these happen in very rare instances where someone will wait [nine] months before having an abortion, the fact still remains that whether it’s at [nine] months or whether it’s at [eight] days or 18 days — when the heart’s developing, when the baby’s breathing, it’s still the same life, and so no matter what the reason is, science proves it that this is an individual entity; an individual person with their own DNA with their own dreams, with their own blood type even.”
The NFL star elaborated that it is not enough for us to only care for life inside the womb, but we also need to care for the lives outside that are affected by this new life.
“It’s important to not only be people that stand for abortion as if it’s some sort of political stance, which it kind of turns into sometimes — but be someone that stands for whole life,” he said. “Be someone that’s willing to support not only this baby that’s coming into the world but also to support the mother and the father that may be in crisis, whatever they may be going through.”
Further, Watson charges that men, in particular, need to “step up” and be held to a higher level of accountability when it comes to this hot-button issue:
“Men are in a role of leadership in many areas. Men are protectors, we are providers. Many women would not be seeking abortions if the men involved in their lives were doing what they were supposed to be doing.”
Watson — known for overtly expressing his Christian values — shared that he’s challenging himself, others in the faith community, and ‘men everywhere’ to “step up and be men.”
“Do what it takes to stand in the gap to step out and to lead because manhood is really falling by the wayside,” he continued. “…If men were standing up doing what they’re supposed to do, much of this would be eradicated.”