Oh, 2016. Are you over yet?
This election is a doozy. This past month, I have had more conversations about 2 certain individuals than I ever wanted to have in my entire life.
Thanks to my outspoken nature on the subject of abortion, I have been repeatedly accused of being a “Single-Issue Voter“. And in this election – more than any other I’ve experienced so far – that implication incites the most unbelievable rage in the accuser.
In truth, everyone has their “one issue;” the issue that matters to them more than anything else. Some people say it’s the threat of nuclear war or WWIII. For others it’s poverty, the death penalty, terrorism, the environment, or immigration.
Mine is abortion, and here’s why:
- Abortion kills 1.06 million innocent children every year in this country.
- More than 1 in 5 pregnancies end in abortion.
- Every 6 days, abortion eclipses the total number of homicides in an entire year (gun violence or otherwise).
- Abortion kills more people than any natural cause of death, including heart disease and cancer.
- Every 16 months, the number of abortions is more than all U.S. military deaths in every conflict COMBINED.
What do you think is the most urgent issue facing our nation today? I contend there is nothing more threatening to life itself than the wholesale slaughter of millions.
The Democratic Party on Abortion
The Democratic Party loves abortion. They promote it. They endorse it. They defend it. They push it.
Just read this excerpt from the party platform (edited for brevity):
Securing Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice
Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally, … that every woman should have access to … safe and legal abortion — regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. … We will continue to oppose — and seek to overturn — federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.
For those who don’t know, the Hyde Amendment blocks federal funding of abortion. Democrats want to get rid of it. Notice also the absence of the word “rare”, which until 2012, accompanied the “safe and legal” qualifications of the platform.
It could not be more clear: Democrats want unrestricted abortion funded by tax dollars.
Two paragraphs later, they include this sentence:
We are committed to creating a society where children are safe and can thrive physically, emotionally, educationally, and spiritually
It’s difficult to let children thrive when you campaign for killing more than 20% of them.
Many people who say they are pro-life also say that shouldn’t affect their vote. “Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one,” they say.
But opposing injustice like abortion demands far more than simply saying, “I don’t want one, so I won’t get one.”
That logic doesn’t work for slavery, child abuse, racism, gun violence, sexual assault, or really anything else. Laws exist solely for the purpose of protecting people’s rights. If the most innocent among us (the unborn) don’t have the most basic rights (to live), how can we possibly protect any right?
If you don’t use your vote to support justice and fight injustice, then why vote? What is the point?
I am proudly a single-issue voter, and I will be until abortion is illegal in this country. My conscience demands it. That’s not to say other issues aren’t important. Of course they are. But none of them come close to being the atrocity that abortion is in our country.
Whether or not that translates into a vote for Trump, I don’t know yet. He’s said and done a lot of things that I do not consider pro-life. A compelling argument can be made that he could do more damage to the pro-life movement and cause more children to come to harm than a strongly-opposed Clinton presidency could.
As of this moment, I can’t vote for Trump. I respect those who choose to vote for Trump out of concern for abortion. I also respect those who – like me – can’t vote for him out of concern for abortion.
But one thing is abundantly clear:
Anyone who values life cannot vote for Clinton or the Democratic Party.
And if you don’t value life, what could you possibly value?
Sorry Clinton, but I’m with her: