Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Politics of Abortion

A great blurb from the Evangelical Outpost on abortion and the politics thereof:

Princeton professor Robert George -- one of the smartest men in America -- explains he cannot support the Democratic Party:

I find no cause for joy in this. I wish that it were possible for pro-life citizens legitimately to support Democratic candidates. I wish that the party of my parents and grandparents had not placed itself on the wrong side of the most profound human rights issue of our contemporary domestic politics. I wish that the killing of embryonic and fetal human beings by abortion and in biomedical research were resolutely opposed by both parties so that we could cast our votes based on our assessments of the candidates’ and parties’ competing positions on taxation, immigration, education, welfare, health-care reform, national security, and foreign policy. It is hardly satisfactory that pro-life citizens—representing a variety of views on the range of issues in economic, social, and foreign policy—find themselves bound to the Republicans because the only viable alternative is a party that has abandoned its commitment to the weakest and most vulnerable members of the human family by embracing abortion and embryo-destructive research.

Every Christian has to follow their own concience. But for the reasons George lists, I cannot fathom how a Christian can justify supporting the Democratic Party. They have placed themselves on the wrong side of morality and history and until they repent and find their way back, they don't deserve the support of pro-life citizens.

Sometimes I feel guilty for it, but I have to say that I agree whole heartedly with the last paragraph there. I have always said, "How can you be a Christian and vote democrat?" I am by no means suggesting that the Repubicans are somehow 'more Holy' or 'righteous' or even "more christian." Yet it stands to reason that if one is a Christian at all concerned with doing right, then voting for a party that stands so solidly in support of such a horrid practice as abortion has a knock against it before we are even able to examine other issues.

Robert George also makes a good point...the Dems are seemingly putting themselves in a bit of a pickle by (almost) always supporting unregulated abortion. By doing so, they're losing out on a voting bloc that is pro-life, but stands for many if not all of the other staples of the Dems platform. I've said before that I could never vote pro-choice--republican or democrat--on a state or national level. Maybe that's just me?

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At 6:56 AM, Blogger aus blog said...

No one has to know who you vote for. vote with your heart and keep it there...

At 6:57 AM, Blogger aus blog said...

I'm pro-life always have been. World estimations of the number of terminations carried out each year is anywhere between 20 and 88 million.
3,500 per day / 1.3 million per year in America alone. 50% of that 1.3 million CLAIMED failed birth control was to blame. A further 48% had failed to use any birth control at all. That leaves 2%that had medical reasons. That means a stagering 98% may have been avoided had an effective birth control been used.

At 11:28 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Well it goes without saying that nobody needs to know who i vote for and that I should (and do) vote with my heart (and head), but that's not to say that one can't still be somewhat vocal about elections.

Those statistics are really disturbing. 88 million? That's just horrific. Do you have a source?

At 11:51 PM, Blogger aus blog said...

Jeff, just google -abortion world estimates


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