When a candidate pledges to provide “comprehensive sex education” to school children and promises to promote – or to “sign immediately upon taking office” – the Freedom of Choice Act, Catholics and all people of good will have cause to question the sincerity of the candidate’s determination to reduce abortions, when these already existing limits have caused a decrease of more than 100,000 abortions each year. (cf. Michael New-Matthew Bowman, Combined Reductions in Abortions, with data supplied by NARAL Pro-Choice America)
As Archbishop Naumann and I stressed in our recent Pastoral Letter, “Our Moral Responsibility as Catholic Citizens,” we can never vote for a candidate because of his or permissive stand on abortion. At the same time, if we are inclined to vote for someone despite their pro-abortion stance, it seems we are morally obliged to establish a proportionate reason sufficient to justify the destruction of 45 million human persons through abortion. If we learn that our “candidate of choice” further pledges – through an instrument such as FOCA – to eliminate all existing limitations against abortion, it is that much more doubtful whether voting for him or her can ever be morally justified under any circumstance.
I urge you to learn more about the Freedom of Choice Act and its advocates so that you can make informed decisions in the voting booth.
Hat Tip Insight Scoop
Back in July Obama said “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act,” So we know where his real priorities are. No working towards reducing abortion, but working towards reducing people. The decline in abortion has been largely because of laws like parental notification and without those restrictions, once again abortion would be on the increase. Remember also that the Democratic platform eliminated references to making abortion rare, but in fact strengthened their support of it. But facts are no deterrent to Obama Catholics. I certainly believe there are valid reasons not to vote for Sen. McCain, but I can’t think of any to vote for Sen. Obama.