No, I am not a one-issue voter. I look at candidates, and all they offer, before deciding to throw my support behind them.
That being said, I believe that protecting unborn life is absolutely a foundational issue. It sets the tone for the worldview that one possesses. This is why a candidate’s (or voter’s) position on the issue is of utmost importance to me, and always has been.
We all know the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton’s, position on abortion. She’s a proud pro-abortion advocate, and counts head of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, as a friend. While her daughter Chelsea is swollen with the pregnancy of her second child, Hillary has been on the campaign trail sharing her pro-death viewpoint. How grandmotherly.
In early April during a Meet the Press interview, Hillary said the following, as reported by Life News:
“The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” Clinton said, adding that “the woman’s right to make decisions” is the be all and end all when it comes to abortion.
Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders opposes any abortion restrictions. The child could be halfway out of the mother, and he’s in favor of ending its life. Because of choice. And Clinton and Sanders have essentially the same, radical, pro-abort stance. As reported by Mother Jones:
Amanda Marcotte, who writes about feminism and politics, argues in Salon that Clinton and Sanders have essentially the same abortion stance. “The truth is that there’s no real difference between Sanders and Clinton on abortion rights…
You want liberal bloodlust masquerading as a “woman’s right to choose”? There you go.
On the GOP side, you shouldn’t feel better. The presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, is no friend to the unborn. He is a thin-skinned fool who doesn’t know what he means from one moment to the next. I don’t care that people believe he’s a “fighter”. He has no backbone.
Some pro-life advocates have started to cheer on Donald Trump, and it is revolting. The reason? According to the Washington Examiner, “Trump hired long-time conservative congressional aide John Mashburn, who has advised noted pro-life lawmakers including the late Sen. Jesse Helms, former Senate Republican leader Trent Lot and current North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis.” In response to this hire, The Examiner reported a statement from Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List.
“If elected, no doubt John Mashburn will serve you well as you fulfill your campaign promises to defund Planned Parenthood, advance and sign into law the popular Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and appoint Justices to the bench who will protect and defend the Constitution.”
As much as I would like that to be true, it appears to be nothing but wishful thinking given Trump’s statements on abortion and regarding the pro-life cause.
In August he said he supports abortion exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother. Just in case it wasn’t clear, that’s not being pro-life. Crimes against a female, in the form of rape or incest, should not result in the second crime of murdering the unborn child. And life of the mother? That is a smoke screen by pro-aborts, as this fact sheet documents. Yet Donald uses it to promote abortion.
Early in April, Donald shared his true feelings about abortion legislation and his thoughts that they should stay as they are. As CBS News reported:
Donald Trump said Friday that he believes the laws regulating abortion should stay as they are, but he doesn’t disagree with the proposition that abortion is murder.
But right now, the laws are set….At this moment, the laws are set. And I think we have to leave it that way.”
“Do you think abortion is murder?” Dickerson asked.
“I have my opinions on it, but I’d rather not comment on it,” Trump replied.
“You said you were very pro-life,” Dickerson followed up. “Pro-life means that…abortion is murder.”
“I mean, I do have my opinions on it. I just don’t think it’s an appropriate forum,” said Trump.
“But you don’t disagree with that proposition, that it’s murder?” Dickerson asked.
“No, I don’t disagree with it,” Trump eventually replied.
What was that about being a fighter? Not only does he believe abortion laws should stay that way, but he cowers when asked his position! He didn’t think an interview of him, a presidential candidate, was an appropriate forum to flat-out say abortion is murder? He possesses a great deal of moral cowardice, but we knew that.
Since I’m #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary, many have encouraged me to check out the Libertarian candidates this cycle. John McAfee is an anarchist wingnut who is pro-choice. No thanks. Governor Gary Johnson is spineless, and believes abortion should be legal until fetal viability, as he shared at the first presidential debate in 2011. Again, no thanks.
Austin Petersen, the other Libertarian candidate, claims he is pro-life. But it’s more of a personal thing, and something he doesn’t want to force on others. Basically, he would rather not use the government to protect life. I’m sorry, that’s too weak for me. As The Libertarian Republic reported of Petersen:
Petersen called for human life to be protected and insisted that fetuses are humans. He also said, when asked about the government’s role in protecting life, that he would look for limited government ways to do so, such as legalizing over-the-counter birth control.
That’s it? A “limited government” way is all he wants in the form of legalizing certain birth control? That’s not a pro-life backbone at all, but a Libertarian cop-out.
As you can see, the choices are nonexistent if one is looking for a truly pro-life candidate. Unfortunately, because GOPers this year favor flash instead of substance, true pro-life candidates, like Ted Cruz and Scott Walker, are nowhere to be found. For me, this is a big deal.