Should those concerned about
vote Democrat or Republican?
If you are concerned about the abortion rate, for whom should you vote?
Pro-lifers want to see a major reduction in the number of abortions performed
annually. Some want to see a total elimination of all abortions, even those
needed to prevent disability or death to the woman. The Republican Party's
platform promotes the moderate pro-life agenda by increasing restrictions on the
availability of abortions.
Pro-choicers also want to see a major reduction in the
abortion rate. The Democratic Party's platform promotes this agenda, and has
plans to lower the number of abortions indirectly by implementing programs to
reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies.
There are extensive references in the media to "pro-abortion"
supporters. I have never met one. They may exist at for-profit abortion clinics,
but are probably quite rare.
It is unclear whether the platform promoted by the Republican
Party and its candidates would be more or less effective at reducing the total
number of abortions when compared to the Democratic Party platform. It may be
possible that Democratic control of the Congress and/or Presidency would result
in fewer abortions then would occur under Republican control, because of their
proposed programs to lower the number of unwanted pregnancies.
Positions taken by various religious groups:
Most conservative religious groups, including:
||Fundamentalist and other evangelical Christian para-church organizations
like Focus on the Family Action, Family Research Council, Traditional
Values Coalition, etc., and
||The leadership of Eastern
Orthodox churches, conservative Protestant denominations, conservative wings of
Judaism, Islam and other
are tax exempt organizations, and thus cannot directly instruct their
membership for whom to vote for without jeopardizing their tax status. However, they can and do try to persuade their
followers to not vote for a pro-choice candidate and not
vote for a party that promotes women's choice. This is generally
interpreted as instructions to not vote Democrat.
Roman Catholic leaders take conflicting positions:
||Some teach a blanket prohibition against voting for any pro-choice
||Others note that neither political party is willing to meet Catholic
teachings by implementing a total ban on abortions -- including those rare
abortions needed to save the life of the woman, or save her from permanent
disability. Thus, they teach that Catholics are free to vote for the
candidate who best reflects all the social teachings of the church,
even if that candidate turns out to be pro-choice.
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Copyright © 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2008-OCT-24
Author: B.A. Robinson