Why Pro-Life Voters Should Choose Obama

I’ll start with this: If you want a reduction in the threats to traditional marriage, neither presidential candidate is likely to give you that.

So let’s just move on to abortion. John McCain says he is pro-life, which he must, because he needs the socially-conservative vote, however, 1) his record has been anything but solid on this issue, 2) he has proposed no plan for actually reducing the number of abortions taking place in this country, 3) the abortion rate has not been impacted by any policy put in place during the eight years Republicans have held the presidency,* which has 4) taken no action on the issue outside of an election. Fundamentally, political expediency is the only value at work for McCain when it comes to life and family issues.

A vote for McCain is not a pro-life vote.

On the other hand, Obama has actively addressed abortion as something we need to reduce at its cause and has proposed solutions that have the potential to actually reduce the number of abortions in this country. Obama has stated that he has been influenced by his time with Americans over the past two years, that he has met and heard people who hold life dear and want to see an end to abortion. He has recognized that his interaction with these voters has caused his view on abortion to evolve, although he still feels that no one but “the mother” is in a position to make that decision. His public acknowledgement of his observations (as well as using the term “mother” when referring to the woman deciding to have an abortion) has brought him criticism from the traditional NOW feminists, but he simply recognizes the obvious—that abortion is not a great banner of freedom and equality, but the result of many personal and societal failures—and it must be reduced.

But more importantly, he understands the fundamental truth that abortion is not caused by its legality, even if it is facilitated by it. It is caused by poverty, ignorance, low education levels, lack of opportunity, hopelessness and irresponsibility. That is why these societal issues—along with the unwillingness/ineffectiveness of the Republicans do anything about abortion while in office—must be weighed more heavily than the lingering assumption that Republicans are supposed to be pro-life, or were historically. Incidentally, much of this same argument would apply to the lingering assumption that Republicans stand for smaller government, low spending and protecting liberties. When it comes to life, I doubt there has ever been a presidency with an eye so focused on financial and political power that translates into such low regard for human life at all levels–from fetuses to soldiers to veterans to foreign citizens to the ill and elderly with poor or no healthcare.

But back on point–even in the Catholic 36-page report on voting, which supposedly the aforementioned video was based on (which everyone took as a mandate to vote right-wing) it explains that because many factors impact abortion, all the issues facing society must be considered.

It reminds me of the parable where the master asks two servants to labor—one says “I will” then does not, the other says, “I won’t” but then decides to labor after all. The Lord asks in that parable, “Who will have the reward?” Whether you think that a reduction in abortion levels should come because the mother doesn’t have the legal choice to abort when she wants to, or whether you think that reduction should come as a result of addressing the causes, McCain will not give you the former, and Obama has committed to working on the latter.

If you want a better chance of actually reducing the number the abortions in this country, you need to surrender the idea that the Republicans will “fight” for that. Obama is your man.

If you agree with me at any level, I’m going to shamelessly ask you to send this post to your pro-life friends.

*See comments on the change I made here.

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