Why I'm Voting Pro-Life, and Motivated
Election Day is approaching, and
I’m motivated to vote and to influence many other votes. I’m motivated because
voting is part of what I need to do to fulfill my life’s dream – a dream shared
by many others – that abortion, the biggest holocaust the human family has ever
known, will cease.
Some, even in the Church, don’t
seem to get the fact that there’s no problem in society bigger than abortion.
But then again, when it’s constantly celebrated by many others as a
Constitutional right, and when we don’t read the descriptions or see the
pictures, it’s easy for abortion’s horror to escape us.
I’m motivated to vote, not
because one election will end abortion, and certainly not because I expect our
elected officials to be perfect or to do my work for me. The People of God have
to do the work of ending abortion – providing alternatives, educating minds,
changing hearts, changing laws. But part of that work is electing the people who
will pose the least obstacle to that mission. We don’t elect people to do our
work for us, but rather people who will let us do our own work. So often it’s a
choice between those who will do the least damage, or permit the fewer numbers
of abortions. It may be a choice between those willing to permit all abortions
or those willing at least to draw some lines at where it should stop. I’d rather
have the line-drawers, because when it comes time for the lines to become laws,
at least they won’t stand in the way. I don’t look for the perfect candidate,
but when I have a choice between a mess and a messier mess, I choose the mess.
I’m motivated, because we’ve made
progress. We have two solid new Justices on the Supreme Court who don’t believe
in inventing new rights from “penumbras” – and just like in 2004, the Supreme
Court is at stake again. If there’s a vacancy in the next two years, the
President needs a Senate that will confirm good Justices. We have lots of other
new federal judges, who understand the limits of judicial authority. And we have
new laws that bring us closer to the protection of the unborn, like the
Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, and the
first ban on an abortion procedure since Roe vs. Wade, the Partial-Birth
Abortion Ban Act.
So now it’s a numbers game. We
have to spend our time and energy not convincing the one stubborn person, but
reminding the many who will listen, if we simply nudge them a little and tell
them who the best candidates are. We should go for the “low-hanging fruit,”
those easiest to mobilize. And we should vote early. Many states allow voting
before Election Day. Let’s get others to vote early, so that unforeseen
circumstances don’t stop them from voting later.
The polls don’t determine
elections; the people who show up at the polling places do. Let’s bring them