By Dave Andrusko
Important elections are taking place tomorrow, including in Virginia, where pro-lifers hold the slimmest of majorities—one—in both the House of Delegates and the Senate. We’ve reposted some words of encouragement from Olivia Gans Turner, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life who clearly lays out the stakes. This is the state where a state Delegate unabashedly admitted her bill would allow abortion through the 40th week of pregnancy and a governor who (at a minimum) was open to non-treatment of abortion survivors who have “severe fetal abnormalities.”
When it comes to the ordinary citizens, I don’t make a habit of bashing them 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, at the same time, I know that others are convinced there are other “better” uses of their time.
However there is an altogether different moral calculus for pro-lifers. Babies die by the thousands each and every day. Can we honestly say we don’t have 20 minutes to do what we can to level the legislative field for those who have no voice but ours?
Please consider this thought once written by Paul Stark, Communications Associate for 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. 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?
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 over 1 million helpless babies are extinguished every year?
The chance to make your voice heard on behalf of unborn babies in Virginia takes place today.