Last week I mailed in my early ballot and cast my vote for Mitt Romney as President of the United States. Over the next two weeks leading up to the election, I’ll be discussing six reasons why I voted for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. The first reason pertains to the candidates’ positions on abortion.
Although the cultural tide seems to be turning away from pro-abortion policies, it still is not politically correct to go on the record as pro-life, much less to make this the defining reason for voting a certain way. However, I am convinced that abortion is the most important problem facing our nation today. Abortion is no less a moral outrage and a cultural evil than slavery, and my prayer is that someday my children and/or grandchildren will look back on our culture of death with the same horror we feel when we look back at slavery in the United States and other parts of the Western world. Abortion demands our utmost attention for two reasons. First, abortion is murder. When Vice President Biden claims to believe life begins at conception, but he is unwilling to oppose abortion, he is sanctioning murder because he refuses to protect not a fetus, not a tissue mass, but what he believes is an actual, real, living, human being from senseless slaughter. The logical end of this kind of reasoning is terrifying. Second, abortion says something about our culture. It says that we as a culture do not value life. It says that we do not value people who are made in the image of God. For all of Obama’s and the Democrats’ rhetoric about caring for the poor, the needy, and the helpless in society, their disregard for the most helpless of society, the unborn, in what should be the safest place on earth, their mother’s womb, shows they are hypocrites who try to milk votes out of the poor rather than truly care for those who cannot care for themselves. A culture that sanctions abortion is a culture that does not and cannot care for the “least of these.” All the talk in the world cannot change the reality of what they actually do when faced with the most helpless and vulnerable members of society when no one, not even their own mothers, will care for them.
Mitt Romney has not been the world’s staunchest defender of the rights of the preborn. Should he be elected president, I cannot say with certainty he would appoint judges who believe Roe. v. Wade should be overturned. During this campaign, as recently as last Thursday evening, he has campaigned as someone who would fight for the pro-life agenda, which makes me hopeful. I am much more confident in his running mate, Paul Ryan, who made it clear in the vice presidential debate that he takes a fairly strong pro-life stance (I say “fairly strong” because he would permit abortion in cases of rape and incest, which makes him mostly pro-life, not fully pro-life).
While Romney and Ryan have thus put forward a fairly strong pro-life agenda, their opponents, Obama and Biden, have put forward a very strong pro-abortion agenda. As recently as January 2012, President Obama said this: “As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right. While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue—no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption. And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.” Apparently, those rights, freedoms, and opportunities do not apply to our preborn daughters or sons. When someone calls abortion a constitutional right, he is overturning the very principles on which this country was founded in the Declaration of Independence, namely, the right to life. On his website, Barack Obama contrasts himself with Mitt Romney by calling attention to his strong pro-abortion positions. In October 2008, Obama opposed the born-alive treatment law, which would have mandated babies who survive a botched abortion receive medical care. Obama thus is not only pro-abortion, he is pro-infanticide.
As a Christian who believes people are made in the image of God, it is unfathomable to me how any Christian could vote for any candidate that supports abortion, including Barack Obama. While the other issues on the table in this election are important, this issue is one that defines the way our culture views human life, making it paramount. Those who vote for Obama vote to denigrate the value of human life and align themselves with those in history who have treated it with contempt. I cannot so vote and so degrade the image of God. I cannot so vote and so show such contempt for my preborn neighbors, whom God has commanded me to love as I love myself. Because of their pro-life stance, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan received my vote for President of the United States.