Do we vote in accordance with what we say we believe?

By Dave Andrusko

Unlike some, I don’t make a habit of bashing people for not voting. As an old-fashioned patriotic type, I believe it is our civil—and moral obligation—to take responsibility for shaping our democracy, but I know that many others are convinced there are other “better” uses of their time.

And I also never minimize the importance of economic issues. Times are tight for many people.

But there is a different moral calculus for pro-lifers. Babies die by the thousands each and every day. We don’t have 20 minutes to do what we can to level the legislative field for those who have no voice but ours?

I have many friends and family who are financially hard-pressed at this very moment. Without minimizing this for a moment I would ask you to consider this thought from Paul Stark, from Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, NRLC’s state affiliate:

“In the case of abortion, our government has legalized and sanctioned the intentional killing of a class of innocent human beings. At stake, then, is the equal fundamental dignity and right to life of every member of the human family. This is unlike any other issue or concern in American society today (excepting the other right-to-life issues of embryo-destructive research and euthanasia). In no other area are some human beings placed outside the protection of the law and allowed to be killed for any reason.”

Mr. Stark precedes this comment with what might be an uncomfortable question: in our capacity as single-issue pro-life voters, do we properly recognize the clear implication of our own view? Always?

Probably we do, in the sense that in our ethical calculations we prioritize saving unborn babies from abortion and the medically dependent from assisted suicide and euthanasia. But as voters, do we always, always, always go to the polls?

Do we share our convictions with others, politely but firmly? Do we help them remove the scale from their eyes? Do we assist them to understand that no social justice issue of our day is as remotely important as whether we sit idly by while 1.2 million helpless babies are extinguished every year?

If you had the opportunity to vote in an election today, I hope you did. But we will all have a chance a year from now.

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