I’m cranky this morning. I didn’t start out cranky, but as I was parusing my morning email, I came across this article in The National Review. Can Democrats Be Pro-Life? The article refrences this “op-ed” in the New York Times. Of Course Abortion Should Be A Litmus Test For Democrats This article will make you vomit, but I recommend, on the basis of being well informed, that you stomach its contents, but keep a large bowl or trash bag handy.
I don’t normally comment on political issues, and some even advise pastors to stay away from commenting on any political issue. This is not a political issue. This is not a question of whether or not I favor capitalism over socialism. This is not a question as to my views on immigration. This is a life and death issue, and I will go to my grave speaking up for the unborn. I will, with every bone in my body, speak up for the orphans who are being sytematically murdered every day.
The author of the New York Times piece portrays a complete lack of respect for human life, the very crime she accuses pro-lifers of committing. She also states that “there is no recognizable version of the Democratic Party that does not fight unequivocally against half its constituents’ being stripped of ownership of their own bodies and lives. This issue represents everything Democrats purport to stand for.” This statement is wrong and ignorant. I’m not a democrat, but I know many abortion democrats. In fact, the Democratic party would not even exist if there hadn’t been anti abortion democrats.
She also writes, “Abortion is not a fringe issue. Abortion is liberty.” Liberty for who? The baby who is sytematically and surgically ripped from the mother’s womb? Is abortion liberty for the woman who now has to live with the guilt of killing her baby? Studies have been done to document the debilitating psychological effects on women. Post Abortion Syndrom
A quick search of Wikipedia will show that Mrs. West has no children. That does not surprise me, nor does it surprise me that the New York Times would allow someone who has no child bearing experience to provide a voice for those considering abortion.
The most insidious lines of West’s opinion come near the end when she writes, “Abortion is normal. Abortion is common, necessary and happening every day across party lines, economic lines and religious lines. Abortion is also legal and, contrary to what the pundit economy would have you believe, not particularly controversial.” She backs this up with some misleading statistics. This statement does not even merit consideration as something which might come from a sane person’s pen. This is ridiculous.
Here is what I, a Christian, pastor, father of five, and a republican (That last descriptor is way down at the bottom of my list) would like to say to the Democratic party and pro-life deocrats.
1) If you don’t feel comfortable in the democratic party, we would like to welcome you to the republican party: You don’t like to support baby killing? Good, we don’t support it either. There is a place for pro-life Democrats in the Republican party.
2) Democratic Party you are killing your voter base:The democratic party continues to lose elections because for the past forty years they have been killing their voter base. Do all Democrats get abortions? Absolutely not! Are there Republicans who have had abortions? Probably more than we realize, but the majority of those who have abortions are Democrats, and most children grow up to vote in the same manner as their parents. The Democrats are losing these elctions because they are killing the potential voter base.
3) There is grace, forgiveness, and redemptionI’ve taken 643 words to scream about the ridiculousness of advocating for abortion. I will not apologize for screaming for the unborn. My wife is about to deliver our fifth child in less than three weeks, I will scream for her rights because she cannot scream for herself. However, I understand that there are women who are having to live with the scars of a past abortion. I am not screaming at you. You do not deseve to be screamed at. You deserve to be loved. You deserve a country that will help you heal because I know you are hurt. I know you feel guilty, and I know you feel pain. There is grace, forgiveness, and redemption found in Jesus Christ. There are churches in our country who will walk with you through your pain. There are Christians in our country who will come alongside you in your struggle. Pro-life advocates such as myself are not screaming at you, but rather, at Pro-choice advocates like Mrs. West who have no idea what they’re talking about.
Finally, to Mrs. West and those of her ilk. You will continue to lose elections by shunting aside those whom you call unreasonable and abnormal. You have lost this battle on abortion. It is the taking of another humnan life who does not have a choice. Maybe you should be happy that your mother did not exercise the right to choose.