Friday, January 23, 2009

Abortion: Political Issue vs. Eternal Truth

The United States of America is entering a new era. President Obama has begun his mission to un-do what he and his supporters consider to be the unenlightened mistakes of President Bush. From closing Gitmo, to calling on Israel to open its border with Gaza, this new President has a vastly different worldview. President Obama considers every problem from the perspective of politics. And he is a master politician, attempting with some degree of success to satisfy every side in every argument. Remember his “present not voting” past? As many of my friends marked the anniversary of Roe v. Wade this week by participating in the march for life in both Dallas and D.C., President Obama is considering issuing an executive order that would overturn the Mexico City policy which prohibits the use of federal tax dollars for abortions in other countries. What President Obama doesn’t comprehend is that abortion is not just another political issue. Then again, maybe he does. Remember Obama’s answer in the Saddleback Debate when he told Pastor Rick Warren that the question of abortion was “above my pay grade”? In that answer, Obama indicated his uneasiness with the topic. Unlike mundane political issues, such as taxes and spending, many Americans do not consider the right to life as negotiable. In our minds, it is not the purview of politicians to decide which babies live or die. Neither is it a woman’s choice. In our worldview, that question is only God’s choice.

Although we consider the right to life as an eternal truth and not a political issue, those who do not share our worldview simply don’t get it. They do not regard abortion through the prism of our worldview. If you do not believe that God creates life, then life is expendable. The pro-life community must understand that one of the reasons we are in the current situation, with a President who definitely does not share our worldview, is because we have not worked together. In our Republican primary, there were many candidates, only one of whom was not pro-life. Yet we had some of our pro-life leaders endorsing Rudy Giuliani. We had other pro-life leaders endorsing unelectable candidates. While Senator John McCain is pro-life, he was not our best candidate. Although pro-life advocates share the same worldview, we did not share a winning strategy. What good does it do to have a pro-life candidate who cannot win? That will be our challenge in the future. For now, Republicans and pro-life activists must let their voices be heard on Capitol Hill. We must not berate good pro-life candidates with good pro-life voting records over the tiniest transgression, because although they vote correctly, they may not share our worldview. Take a lesson from Daniel, and seek to influence those in elected office. We must profusely thank those politicians who vote for life, and we must refrain from attacking politicians who think of abortion as just another political issue. We know in our heart that it is not, and it is up to God to change their hearts.


Sheryl said...

Your defense of the unborn and your take on Obama's highly predictable actions in this area on eloquent and well-said. I couldn't agree with you more, Denise.

Alan Smith said...

A pro-life culture can be built only from the ground up, person by person. No Supreme Court ruling by itself can instill greater respect for life. And no Supreme Court justice can save our freedoms if we don’t fight for them ourselves.

“We the People Act” (H.R. 539 in Congress) takes away jurisdiction over abortion issues from federal courts and turns the decision back over to each state. This is how it was before Roe v. Wade, and it can be done without waiting for new judges and a new Supreme Court decision. H.R. 539 is a practical, direct approach to dealing with activist judges who legislate from the bench.

It is also more consistent with Pro-Life arguments because our Constitution defines murder at the state level. The Republican Party would be wise to have the strategy be state rights. Contact your representative and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 539.