Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Time To Vote: Abortion

Maybe it is jaded and cynical to say it, and maybe it is not even fair, but it seems to be safe to assume that "all politicians are liars" is as good a starting point as any to work from when assessing the candidates for whom we must choose to vote. I hate to say that because I'm sure there are non-lying politicians out there. But if there are, they are definitely in the minority -- and they certainly don't include our current choices for President of the United States. Still, the fact is that we have an obligation to vote whether we like our choices or not. So, given that dual reality, I'd like to make the case -- based on my wish to advance a rational, God-honoring view of the world -- for which liar would do the most to move this country in the right direction morally.

It may seem oxymoronic (or maybe just moronic) to attempt to make a moral argument for how to decide between liars, but I'm not trying to be funny, or witty, or sarcastic. I'm dead serious ... and I think the consequences of this choice are deadly serious too, especially when it comes to the moral repercussions of two of the most consequential moral issues of our time: abortion and same-sex "marriage."

Mitt Romney

Mr. Romney's stance on abortion seems to have changed considerably (Click HERE for a timeline series of videos showing the positions he has held since 1994):
  • 1994 -- In a debate during his race against Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy, Romney said, "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country." Referring to the 1973 Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in every state, Romney added, "I believe that since Roe-v-Wade has been the law for 20 years, it should be sustained and supported. And I sustain and support that law and support the right of a woman to make that choice.
  • 2002 -- In a debate during his campaign for governor of Massachusetts, Romney said, "I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard."
  • 2005 -- Romney endorses the standard postmodern "my personal view aside ... we should maintain the status quo" claim to be pro-life but not mess with abortion laws.
  • 2007 -- Romney would be thrilled to sign a bill overturning Roe-v-Wade.
  • 2012 -- Romney claims that he is "firmly pro-life" and thinks the abortion issue should be returned to the states.
While his opponents and the media characterize this timeline as a "flip flop," and while there is no doubt that he has changed his public position on abortion, it seems to me that Mr. Romney has "evolved" more than flipped. And consider this: Mr. Romney is a devout Mormon. Mormons in general are unwaveringly pro-family and pro-life. For that reason, I find it extremely doubtful that Mr. Romney was ever really in favor of abortion. He just didn't want to admit it because he was trying to get elected in an extremely liberal state (Massachusetts).

While I find that to be cowardly, dishonest, sad, and opportunistic, I believe the fact is that he lied about being pro-choice. But even if he didn't, his "evolution" has been toward the correct moral position on the issue.

Barack Obama

Mr. Obama's history with the abortion issue shows a far different story. You can get a detailed compilation of it here: Obama's Record on Abortion ... but suffice it to say it is abysmal:

  • 1997 - 2004 -- While a member of the Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama opposed the proposed “Born-Alive Infants Protection Act” (BAIPA) for three straight legislative sessions and twice spoke against the bill on the Senate floor. He voted against the bill twice in committee and once on the Senate floor. Both laws were intended to provide protection for babies who survived abortions equal to protection received by babies who are spontaneously born prematurely.
  • 2004 - 2009 -- Obama compiled a 0% voting record on pro-life issues scored by the National Right to Life Committee and a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America.
  • 2007 -- Obama sharply criticized the Supreme Court for its 2007 Gonzales v. Carhart decision upholding the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.  He said, "I strongly disagree with today’s Supreme Court ruling...I am extremely concerned that this ruling will embolden state legislatures to enact further measures to restrict a woman’s right to choose, and that the conservative Supreme Court justices will look for other opportunities to erode Roe v. Wade, which is established federal law and a matter of equal rights for women."
  • 2008 -- At a campaign stop while running for president, Obama said: "I’ve got two daughters. Nine years old and six years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby."
  • 2009 -- Obama not only invoked an Executive Order removing all barriers from embryonic stem cell research (ESCR), he simultaneously revoked President Bush’s Executive Order which funded alternate stem cell research that does not destroy human embryos. You can read the sad history of this story here: Stem Cell Obfuscation
  • 2010 -- Obama courted "pro-life" Democrats during the congressional fight against ObamaCare by promising to invoke an Executive Order that would prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion. This effort was successful in obtaining a key vote from Michigan congressman Bart Stupak that allowed the bill to pass. Since then we have found not only that the ObamaCare Law includes surreptitious language that would allow taxpayer funding of abortion, but we have seen an outright assault on religious liberty by the Obama administration that would force religious institutions and their insurance programs to fund services contrary to their religious convictions.

As Greg Koukl has put it, this president doesn't just think there is a right to abortion, he believes there is an inalienable right to a corpse. Barack Obama may not accept that description of his view on abortion, but his record tells otherwise. The president is among the most radical abortion rights politicians we have ever seen ... and he is proud of it.

On top of all the rest, and as it stands today, putting any Republican in office ensures that pro-abortion legislation will never see the light of day. It is a sad statement about the president's party and I pray it will change. But for now Romney wins on this issue hands down.
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