National Director, Priests for Life
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As the year 2006 begins, it is time to fire up
the engines for another election, and focus on electing leaders who will provide
the maximum possible protection to innocent human life. In the last several
major elections, voters have increased pro-life majorities both on the state and
federal levels of government. More voters each year say that the abortion
holocaust influenced their vote, and even many pro-abortion candidates who are
not yet ready to become pro-life are realizing that being pro-abortion does not
Momentum is on our side, and there is nothing
the other side can do to take the stigma out of abortion. Therefore, there is no
reason for delay on our part. The time to activate is now, and the reason
is the same as it always was: those who are more willing to have babies killed must not be given the power to do so.
Notice that I phrase that in the negative.
Elections are often not about getting a satisfactory person in office as much as
they are about keeping a worse person out of office. Elections are exercises of
power, and deal in the categories of “bad, worse, good, better” rather than
“bad, perfect”. If we go into elections hoping to find perfect candidates, we
will constantly be disappointed. But if we go into elections determined to
improve things as much as possible, recognizing the limits of what that means,
but also recognizing its significance, we will be energized.
Some people may wonder what the pro-life
candidates they elected have done, or may feel they have not done enough.
Important progress has been made, but far more is required, and we always have
to keep the pressure on those we have elected. But if you prevent someone
from falling off a cliff, you have already achieved something quite
significant. That is the first and perhaps most important success to keep in
mind. In the last two elections, if the pro-abortion forces had been able to
elect the people they wanted, the cause of abortion would be in a far stronger
position than it is now. Much of the success of elections is
in what we prevent.
There have been positive advances, including
the fact that the makeup of the Supreme Court will again change this month and
move in a pro-life direction. We could have had the situation this month of
having two more committed pro-abortion justices on the Supreme Court for
lifetime terms. We avoided falling off that cliff.
As for what we achieve, the work always
remains ours. It is not easy to find pro-life activists
running for office. But what we need at the very least is people who will not
stand in the way of the work that we have to do. Politics is not our
salvation; we the people are responsible for ending abortion. But that
responsibility includes taking power away from those who take human rights
away. Let’s keep abortion supporters out of office in 2006, and let’s start now!