Abortion was a more prominent topic in our recent Presidential election. In the third debate the question of “partial birth abortion” was discussed between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Trump decried how a baby could be aborted just before birth, while Clinton praised a “woman’s choice.” She did not defend her position favoring this procedure. Click here for more details on this.
In the election of 2008 my friend told me the story of how his neighbor, a fellow Catholic from his church, could support John Kerry who was fiercely pro abortion. His neighbor’s response was “there are many other issues.” This response is very typical of liberal Catholics and Christians of all faiths who favor abortion. Indeed, to my estimation, at least 50% of my fellow Catholics at my church favor abortion at any stage, contrary to what the Catholic Church emphatically teaches.
When it comes to elections, pro-life citizens of which I am one, believe that anyone who favors abortion is automatically disqualified for any elective position in our country. Let me give an example: Let’s say that there is a candidate who has all the positions that you hold, as well as your world view, and he/she would be ideal for the position, but this person favors the killing of babies even after they’re born, as Peter Singer does, the famous Professor of Bio-Ethics at Princeton University. Singer says that a baby is unaware of its own existence and therefore can be killed upon the decision of the parents within the first couple of months after birth. Would you still vote for this person? How about a person who has all of your world view but favors the enslavement of a certain ethnic group, such as was the case prior to the Civil War? Would this person not be disqualified for elective office?
Catholics will often tell you that they rely on their conscience to make moral decisions and they will further argue that this is supported by the Catholic Church. Well, they’re partly right. The Catholic Church does allow for conscience in some instances, but it must be an informed conscience, not just whatever your conscience tells you at any moment. The Church, in no uncertain terms, condemns abortion. The Church further states that cooperation with abortion is a grave sin, meaning that if you vote for a pro-abortion politician, you are cooperating with abortion. So if the Church emphatically states that abortion is evil and the killing of a human being, your conscience cannot overrule this. This is not an informed conscience. If your conscience could overrule this, then why do you need a church to guide your morality, or the Bible for that matter. All you would need is your conscience.
In the book of Judges in the Bible, the Israelites had fallen completely away from God and had given in to immorality. By the time of the last judge of Israel, Samson, they had fallen so far from God that verse 6 of Judges 17 states: In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. To support abortion or to cooperate in abortion by voting for a person who does is doing what is right in your own eye.