Do Elections Really Matter?

Carol Tobias, President

Editor’s note. This appears on page three of  the September digital edition of National Right to Life News. Please be sure to share all the stories, analyses, and commentaries with your pro-life family and friends.

We frequently hear the question, “Does it really matter if I vote?  Nothing ever seems to change.”  Or, “Elections aren’t going to stop abortion.  We have to change people’s hearts and minds.”  

We, as a pro-life movement, are working to change hearts and minds.  We want people to embrace every unborn child as a unique human being deserving of utmost respect and legal protection. But whether or not these children continue to die will depend largely on our laws and whether it remains “legal” to end these lives.

Election day, November 3, is now less than two months away and many of you will soon receive a ballot or be given the opportunity to participate in “early voting.”  Our time is short to make sure family, friends, and neighbors are rememberring our unborn brothers and sisters as they cast that ballot.

If you are still not registered to vote, the time is getting short for you to do so.  A handful of states will let you register to vote on election day or a few days prior to the election.  Most have deadlines 10 to 30 days prior to the election.  Click here to register.

Why does the election matter?  Because the people elected in these elections will be making laws.  These laws can save precious preborn lives or contribute to the carnage. As we ponder our decision, we must ask ourselves

Will those elected officials pass legislation to safeguard unborn children or will they enact laws that allow abortion for any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy?

Will abortionists be required to inform women of the consequences of, and alternatives to, abortion? 

Will parents have the right to know if their minor daughter is pregnant and considering abortion? 

Will millions of our tax dollars be used to pay for abortion?

Will living unborn children have their arms and legs torn off, limb by limb, as they are subjected to a gruesome dismemberment abortion?

Will babies who survive an abortion be given the same medical attention and care as a child born prematurely at that same age?

Elections do have consequences– for the cultural attitude toward human life in our society and especially for legal protections for that innocent little one in the womb.  

I have occasionally noted that, if a candidate isn’t willing to protect the most vulnerable, the most defenseless, among us, can we really trust  him or her to use their elected position to manage[?] other parts of our lives?

If a candidate doesn’t think parents have the right to know that their minor daughter is considering abortion, what else will that official agree to hide from parents, whether it be in school or elsewhere?

I had a young friend many years ago who, one evening, shared her wrenching story.  She was a single young mom who had been pregnant four times.  The first pregnancy resulted in adoption, the second in a miscarriage, the third the birth of a beautiful little blond-haired boy, and the fourth an abortion.

Tears were running down her cheeks as she explained how the abortion was the one ending that she will regret for the rest of her life.  Women are not told about physical, emotional, or psychological effects of abortion.

If a candidate doesn’t believe in providing complete information about abortion to women prior to the abortion, are they willing to cover up other information for others at other times?

If a candidate wants to use our tax dollars to kill unborn children, or to promote abortion in other countries, how else will they misuse government funds?

And if a candidate has no compassion for those preborn babies who feel pain as their arms and legs are being torn off in an abortion, or are willing to let babies who survive an abortion die on a hard, cold table in a back room, do we really want them representing us?

We are frequently told that we shouldn’t be “single-issue voters”.  Certainly, there are many important issues in any election, but do any of them really compare to or outrank protecting the innocent and defenseless, those who have no voice to speak for themselves?

We want wise leaders making sensible decisions so that we can pursue our dreams, so we can raise a family in a safe environment, so we can worship (or not worship) as we desire, so we have the liberty to do what we think is best for ourselves and our loved ones.   But those leaders must also be willing to speak up for those who have no voice.

Our nation is killing 850,000 preborn babies every year.  We have lost approximately 62 million of these precious ones in the last 47 years.  Yes, we must continue to educate our communities about the humanity of each of these little humans; we must change hearts and minds so that abortion becomes an abominable, unthinkable option.

As we continue the important work of changing attitudes, we also MUST work to change the law.  Lives depend on our votes.