Ending the World’s Longest Engagement

If the last 35 years have proven nothing else, they have at least shown that, in the American political arena, the pro-life movement is the cheapest date in town.  

The system works something like this.  Along about election time, we can always expect a call from the nation's political hacks - mostly Republicans.  They don't really like being seen in public with us, but if they want to get elected they don't have a choice.  So they kiss us on the ear and whisper how much they love us.  But, they promise nothing and we demand nothing because we know our place.  So once our election-cycle dream date is over, we go back and dutifully wait by the phone until they want us again.  And as this pathetic act is repeated every couple of years, the killing continues.

I think the time has come for the pro-life movement to set some new ground rules.  We can start by making it clear that the days are over when politicians can finesse the abortion issue by giving us their philosophical position.  Our new instruction to these people should be that we have no interest in what they “feel” or “think” or “believe” about abortion.  None.  All we want to know is (a) do they believe that an unborn child is a “person” from the moment of fertilization and, thus, entitled to have his or her life protected by the Constitution and (b) if so, what is their plan to return legal protection to every one of these children?”

That’s it!  That’s all we want to hear.  Anyone who answers the first question with anything other than an unapologetic and unqualified “Yes” is not pro-life.  As for the second question, we instantly dismiss any response that mentions “reducing the need for abortion” or “lowering the unwanted pregnancy rate” or “creating a culture of life,” etcetera.  We bought that sort of mealy-mouthed political gibberish in the past, but no more. 

If you think I am off base for saying that a politician's “position” on abortion is meaningless, consider this.  If you went into a state penitentiary and interviewed every serial rapists incarcerated there, you would find that a significant number would tell you that rape is wrong and that they understood so when they did it.  We also know that a certain percentage of these same people would rape again if released.  So obviously, what they “believe” about rape does not affect their actions and, in the end, that’s all that matters to the victims.        

That same dynamic applies here.  What politicians “believe” about abortion doesn't help the unborn until it becomes action.  Look at it this way, if the economy was in the tank, we would not allow a politician to simply tell us that he “believes” in a sound economy.  We'd demand to know what his plan is for fixing it.  It’s time we insisted on at least that much for the unborn. 

The next thing we need to do is inform these politicians that we are going to be single issue voters.  Simply put, when a candidate is wrong on the slaughter of helpless children, his or her position on other issues is irrelevant.  For too long, the pro-life movement has bought the lie that we should not have litmus tests.  That is nonsense.  There are many perfectly legitimate litmus tests and anyone who claims not to have any is either lying or is devoid of personal convictions.      

Think about it.  A politician could be attractive, intelligent, experienced and have all the right answers to the important issues of the day, but if he was found to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan, that would certainly be a litmus test.  If it were discovered that a fully qualified politician had written a law review article saying women should not be allowed to vote, that too would be a litmus test.  You can also bet that if a politician said that the terrorists who flew airplanes into the World Trade Center had legitimate reasons for doing so, his or her position on other issues would be irrelevant.  Actually, if you really want to understand about litmus tests and single-issue voting, imagine that a politician admitted that his primary reason for seeking office was to raise taxes on every voter?  Do you honestly think this person could be “right enough” on every other issue to make up for that?      

The point is, if we are serious about protecting the unborn, this is the standard we must start demanding for the politicians we support.  And that is true even when the political office being sought is unrelated to abortion.  If we truly believe that abortion is the intentional execution of helpless children, we must also acknowledge that any politician who is pro-choice is not morally qualified to be dogcatcher.

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As a Pro-choicer,I find the comparison of politicians
being pro-choise to being a member of the KKK not only ludicrous,pathetically disingenuous,but offensive.

You anti-choice people are always belly-aching about
Roe vs Wade,as if there hadn't been an enormous numbers of abortions before it,or would not have happened without it. And overturning it will absolutely not stop abortion. Stop deluding yourselves.
# Posted By robert berger | 1/22/08 10:11 AM
Jesus will take care of the people who kill our babies!!!
# Posted By Linda | 1/22/08 10:12 AM
Awesome writing! Very thought provoking! It's time those of us with voices spoke up and acted for those without voices.
# Posted By Kathleen | 1/22/08 12:35 PM
I'm always curious as to why "pro-choicers" read and comment on pro-life blogs. Do they do so just for the opportunity to spout off? It's obvious Robert didn't fully read and/or understand March's comments. Mark didn't call or equate pro-choice politicians to KKK members; he was merely pointing out that being a KKK member would certainly come up as an important issue during a campaign - as should a candidate's position on abortion.

Funny too how pro-choicers are so easily "offended" when they support such a vile and offensive act.
# Posted By Leslie | 1/22/08 12:39 PM
Amen Mr. Crutcher !!! It is to every one of our shame that the wholesale slaughter of innocent babies is still legal in our country. It sickens my very soul too.

Matthew 18:1-6
1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
# Posted By Teri McCall | 1/22/08 2:46 PM
In the mid-1800's, many who supported the "right" of Choice for an American citizen to own slaves found the portrayals in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" ludicrous, pathetically disingenuous, and offensive. But those portrayals contained enough truth to wake up many people to the horror of regarding humans as property. Regarding humans as disposable tissue may well be worse.

Reversing Roe v. Wade will not stop abortions. A right to life amendment will not stop it altogether. Those steps will, however, make abortion illegal in the United States, and that is what I hope. I marched in an anti-Roe v. Wade march today, and thousands marched beside me. I hope the Roe v. Wade reversal occurs in my lifetime. If it doesn't, however, I was very encouraged to see huge numbers of teenagers at the march. I hope for a day when we look back on the era of legalized abortion, and when we are enlightened enough to be ashamed that it ever happened.
# Posted By Marty | 1/22/08 2:53 PM
Abortion will destroy itself, as does all evil. Being Pro-Life is the Glory of Love!

Pro-Aborts refuse to dare to know the facts, and their apathy of ignorance is murdering our society. The ramifications of abortion are so deep and cancerous, it is at the core of the human hopeless, lost, and anger filled hatred. That is the residue of abortion! That is the Devil's Death drink, the bloody thirst for our very most precious young. My new question to Pro-Aborts is: "Got Karma?"

You reap what you sow, and never in the same season. I would urge all Pro-Aborts to discontinue the lust for Hell on Earth, rather, save yourselves from the crowded conditions of Eternal Hell, which you are creating so cleverly I might add. If you don't want a baby, then don't get pregnant in the first place. If you DO get knocked up, be a MAN about it, and be a LADY about it, and have the baby, give it up for adoption. If you are worried about what other people think, excuse me? Their judgement of you being pg is just a big a sin as murdering the baby. I don't worry what people think of me, rather, they should be doing the worrying about what I think of them!!!

Glory of Love always wins over the Death of Violent Legal Murder

# Posted By Gera Schmidt | 1/22/08 7:43 PM
I'm pretty sure that I met Robert at the Walk for Life in San Francisco. He is spouting the same old tired, "ludicrous", "pathetically disingenuous", and "offensive" rhetoric that I heard there. My
# Posted By mrspbh | 1/23/08 5:07 AM
Leslie, great post. Well said.
# Posted By mrspbh | 1/23/08 5:11 AM
Just a thought: Don't we all have to wonder if illegal abortion before Roe v. Wade had anything to do with Robert Berger being born? Only his mother knows for sure.
# Posted By Gera Schmidt | 2/8/08 3:20 AM

Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics