An interview of Juan Callejas by Christopher Mann
August 3, 2022
For decades, abortion rights supporters have charged pro-lifers with being more pro-pregnancy than pro-life, and in the wake of the fall of Roe versus Wade this past June, this argument has been elevated to a shrill. Some on the right have responded with ample evidence of both word and deed to the contrary, with plenty of receipts to make the point that pro-lifers annually invest much time and treasure in being both pro-life before and after birth.
Still, is there a kernel of truth in the critique? Is the pro-life movement as pro-life as it can possibly be? Can we receive a critique without feeling vulnerable to a canard?
Juan Callejas is a Guatemalan businessman and astute student of culture. Juan and Chris met this summer in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at a colloquium sponsored by the Acton Institute, a catholic-protestant Christian think tank studying how free market economics impacts human liberty. Juan was raised and educated in Guatemala and earned an MBA from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He identifies as an evangelical Christian and offers a unique perspective as a person who was raised in Guatemala and frequently speaks and consults to clients in the United States. In Guatemala, abortion was illegal for all reasons until 1973, when life of the mother was added as an exception. In 1985, the country’s constitution was rewritten to more permanently codify the pro-life position.
Today, Juan talks about how a country can become more pro-life, and how that starts with the church.