Let’s face it. As Catholics, we recognize legalized abortion as responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people each year in our country. This is a huge issue.
Hundreds of thousands? Try 43 million plus.
That said, the relevant question here is who we should elect as president. Bush does select Supreme Court justices according to a pro-life litmus test, but we may ask whether this is what we want. The job of the Supreme Court is to interpret and apply the Constitution, and the Constitution is completely ambiguous on the issue of abortion. We do not need Supreme Court justices selected by any criteria other than their ability to interpret the Constitution faithfully and rationally. We need a Constitutional amendment to end legal abortion in the proper way, in a way that will last. This effort will have nothing to do with the Supreme Court and everything to do with the hearts and minds of all Americans.
Granted, but a nominee who interprets the Constitution faithfully will also always be against abortion as a Constitutional right. Activist judges will find any social fad including the right to abortion in the Constitution.
Besides appointing judges, the President has no other significant role in the abortion debate. His role *is* to act as Commander in Chief of the military, to guide the legislation of Congress, to act as our representative to the world, to appoint advisers and others to run our government, and so on. Dean is the man for this job. Bush has made an utter mess of it.
No significant role? That is just plain dumb. Besides voting for passing the Partial Birth Abortion ban his administration has been heavily involved on pro-life issues. President Bush might not be the most ardent pro-lifer but for the most part the people he has appointed are. When we vote for a President it is far more than just a vote for them and their vice president, but for the types of people they will select to posts. The administrations fight against the language and terms used in CEDAW at the UN was critical. His administration prevented the funding of organizations who were actively involved in abortions here and overseas. He signed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act and will also pass the Fetal murder bill if presented to him. He also opposed the destruction of embryos in research and is pushing for a cloning ban. There have been more pro-life advancements under this administration then any other administration in history. If Gore had won none of this would have happened. If Dean won there would be zero pro-life advances and all of his appointment to the judiciary would be abortion supporters. There is much that I would criticize President Bush for especially in regards to big government, but I am greatly thankful to him for what he has done to save lives.