To the editor:
I must agree with other letter writers from the November issue pointing out a liberal bias in the “life issues” articles leading up to Election Day. In fact, in the days leading up to the elections, I heard many local Catholics justify voting for outspoken pro-abortion candidates by saying that “abortion is just one of the life issues,” as if this was a new diocesan mantra. The commandments I learned in Catholic elementary school included “Thou shalt not kill,” but they did not include “Thou shalt provide health insurance to anyone who wants it.” The former is God’s law; the latter is a matter of debate.
After explaining the importance of voting for the candidates who espouse the most life-affirming qualities, the article quotes a diocesan official as saying that “electing a president who claims to denounce abortion doesn’t automatically make that and other major problems go away, as evidenced by the current administration.” Say what you want about President Bush, but the fact is that his administration appointed two pro-life Supreme Court justices, passed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act into law, prevented the expansion of fetal stem-cell research, and liberated Iraq from a murderous tyrant who used chemical weapons on his own people. That he was unable to totally eradicate poverty during his two terms makes him no worse than any other president in our nation’s history on “life issues.”
Now that Barack Obama has been elected President, the abortion issue will again take center stage, as he has promised to push the Freedom of Choice Act which will overturn every state and local regulation on abortion. Will Catholics have enough courage to fight this “intrinsic evil,” or will some other “life issue” again take precedence?
EDITOR’S NOTE: The articles in question likewise drew charges of a pro-McCain or pro-Republican bias from a number of readers who canceled their subscriptions.Tags: Abortion