**The following appeared in The Hill
by Kristen Day
The “whole life” ethic is the heart of the pro-life Democratic message. We advocate a “pro-life for the whole life” position. This means that human life — with inherent dignity — begins in the womb and doesn't end until natural death. It is a consistent position and there are no gray areas.
However, abortion-rights advocates are distorting the “whole life” language, offering excuses for not including life in the womb under the whole-life umbrella.
It is a deliberate attempt to mislead and it cannot be permitted.
The whole-life ethic does not make exceptions for abortion. Being “whole life” means advocating for justice for all — from before birth to natural death and every moment in-between. When it comes to abortion, we acknowledge that there are two lives at stake and we must support both mothers and their children.