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.
Jason Shanks, President of Our Sunday Visitor Institute in Huntington, Indiana
Today our guest is Jason Shank, who serves as president of the Our Sunday Visitor Institute in Huntington, a small community in north central Indiana. Founded in Our Sunday Visitor is an organization that evades easy description. It’s a publishing house, university, consulting group, retail giant, grants foundation, and think tank all under one roof. The part that seems to most resemble a think tank is the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, and Jason has headed that department since 2020 when he moved his wife and family of five to northeast Indiana. Chris Mann recorded this conversation with Jason at a local restaurant, so you will have to forgive the sounds of clanging dishes and Tom Petty playing in the background, but pay attention to what Jason is getting at regarding his hope for a pro-life movement in the wake of the fall of Roe versus Wade just a month ago, which returned abortion regulation back to the fifty states. Jason hopes that the pro-life movement won’t waste time spiking the football and gloating about this legal win, but instead move into a renewed zeal for high care of our vulnerable neighbors. If you feel a bit uncomfortable by the end of this conversation about who he might be talking about, well, that’s probably his point. Jason is calling the pro-life movement to consider how to exceed some of the generous pro-family policies ironically championed among the most pro-abortion businesses and institutions like Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and more. Jason’s thinking is unconventional, but what else would you expect from the head of a think tank?
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