Abortion: the paramount issue of our day

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. This appeared in the digital “Election Issue” of National Right to Life News. There are minor changes to update the story which first ran Friday.

Fr. John Lankeit

Fr. John Lankeit

If you haven’t voted, it is imperative that you do.

Amazing as it may seem, there is still a sizeable number of people who have yet to decide whether to vote for pro-life Donald Trump or pro-abortion Hillary Clinton. And therein lies the key to a Trump victory.

This edition of NRL News is intended to help any wafflers see their way through the fog and into the light. In this editorial let me focus on the thoughtful, even provocative remarks found in a homily delivered October 2 by Fr. John Lankeit. Several people passed along the video to me and I subsequently found a transcript.

I am not a Catholic and perhaps neither are many of our readers.

Fr. Lankeit tells his congregation that he is “consider[ing] the intersection of the practice of our Catholic faith and the exercise of our civic duty, especially when it comes to voting.” But there is much in his wise counsel that speaks to those of us of other faiths, or no faith at all.

For me, the most pertinent consideration was the pivotal distinction between matters subject to “prudential judgment” about which women and men of good ill can differ, and matters that “touch on intrinsic evil.”

Fr. Lankeit lists several of the issues about which we can legitimately have fundamental differences of opinion. He then asks about one of the real hot-button issues about which we do: immigration.

Whatever our position, he asks,

Now, suppose a candidate for president promoted a policy that would make it legal for someone to kill a Hispanic person if the presence of that Hispanic person made it more difficult to pursue one’s career of choice.

How many of you would be comfortable voting for that candidate?

No one, of course. But, he added,

There is a candidate, in this 2016 race for president, who along with that candidate’s political party does, in fact, sanction the killing of blacks and Hispanics in the situations previously described…under one…particular…condition:

That the black person or the Hispanic person is still in his or her mother’s womb.

Now, this candidate and party certainly won’t say it that way, not publicly anyway. Instead, they use words like “choice” or “reproductive rights” or “women’s health” or other sanitized statements in order to cover up what abortion is and what abortion does.

Fr. Lankeit goes on–without telling anyone whom to vote for–to tell his flock that it is time to “stop beating around the bush” with regard to the presidential race:

· Do you know which candidate and party in this election promotes abortion and even promises to expand its availability here at home as well as abroad

· Do you know that this candidate and party intend to make you and me pay for other people’s abortions with our tax dollars—something that has always been illegal?

· Are you aware that this candidate and party, which until recently, said that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare” no longer even bothers to say that it should be rare—but rather, that it must be available any time, any place, even up to the last moment that the fully formed, full-term baby remains in the womb?

If you do not know which candidate and party I’m referring to, then you should not even consider voting until you do know!

Fr. Lankeit laments that the very word “abortion” has been “drained of its meaning–we treat it like nothing more than a term that starts a heated debate rather than a procedure that stops a heartbeat. Many want to treat abortion as merely one issue among many—but that requires that a person pretend not to know what abortion is and what abortion does.”

Abortion is not merely “one issue,” as Paul Stark exquisitely explains on page six. “Not all political issues are equal,” he writes. “Human beings are equal, and that’s why abortion is such a weighty problem for our society.”

One of the three distinct ways which Mr. Stark says makes abortion different is the scale of the killing: over one million babies each year. If Hillary Clinton is elected, that number which has been declining, will inexorably begin to rise again.

Fr. Lankeit personalized those abstract numbers: “In the time since this homily started, at least 30 children have been deliberately executed in the womb in the United States—and that’s just the ones that are reported.”

Take 20 minutes of your time and watch the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=881aDDE5qFY. Better yet, share that with friends and family who may be on the fence.

Whatever happens today, make sure you can look your family in the face and say, “I did everything I could on behalf of innocent unborn babies, babies born with disabilities, and the medically fragile, old and young.”

All would be in mortal danger under a President Hillary Clinton.