How should those opposed to abortion
Voting by Roman Catholics
As noted in this section's menu:
There is widespread concern about the high numbers of abortions in the U.S.,
both among pro-life and pro-choice supporters. The U.S. abortion
rates are much greater than those in other western countries.
The position of the Republican Party closely parallels that of the pro-life
movement. The Democratic Party's election platform closely parallels that of the pro-choice movement.
Both are trying to reduce the number of abortions in the country. However, they
are promoting entirely different methods to achieve this goal. The Republican
Party wants to further restrict access to abortion. The Democratic party wants
to make abortion freely available, and at the same time introduce a wide variety
of programs that they feel would encourage pregnant women to chose to give
There is a further complication involved for Roman Catholics in their voting
decisions. With the exception of its
policy on abortion access, the Democratic Party platform's programs of
education, pre and post natal health care, and support are far closer to
Catholic social teaching than is the Republican platform. However, neither party comes evenly remotely close to matching
all of the social teachings of the Church.
In the view of the Church, abortion always murders a human person. Thus,
the prime consideration of Catholic voters should be the candidate's and
the party's policies on abortion. This one topic is generally acknowledged to
outweigh all others in importance.
Unfortunately, there exists a wide diversity of opinions within the Church about
how to select one candidate to vote for from among a group of candidates or parties
with different views on abortion. This section will attempt to describe the range
of Catholic teachings on this topic.
Topics discussed in this section:
Copyright © 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2008-OCT-26
Author: B.A. Robinson