Why abortion is the most important issue this election

Denny Burk posted an article last week about explaining why abortion is the most pressing issue of this election. I really appreciated what he had to say. Caring about a candidate’s stance on abortion does not make you a “single-issue voter.” Some things are just that important:

As of now, it appears there is a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court in favor of Roe. The candidate who wins the presidency will appoint justices who will either bolster the current majority in favor of Roe or will make a new majority against Roe. In effect, this election is a referendum on the legality of abortion.

Neither of the presidential candidates is perfect, but they are nevertheless very different concerning the issue of abortion. On the one hand, Barack Obama has pledged his unqualified support for Roe v. Wade. His unswerving commitment to Roe even led him once to oppose a law that would have protected survivors of botched abortions. On the other hand, Mitt Romney has said that Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned.

Professor Burk goes on to give four reasons for Christians to prayerfully consider how to vote:

First, you are commanded to “rescue” innocent human life from being unjustly snuffed out. This command issues from the same God who said “thou shalt not kill” and “thou shalt not bear false witness,” and it has the same authority over our consciences. …

Second, at the last judgment you will not be able to claim ignorance about your duty to defend innocent human life. Remember, more than 50 million innocent human lives have been snuffed out legally since 1973. …

Third, the Lord “weighs your heart” and will hold you accountable for the way you think about the unborn. …

Fourth, do not be deceived. God will hold you accountable for how you vote. The Proverb says that God will “repay” each person according to what he has done. There are many “works” that we will have to give an answer for at the last judgment, and our voting will be one of them. Do you think a vote against protecting the unborn will be mitigated at the judgment by arguments like, “Abortion is only one issue among many,” “Single-issue voting is small-minded” and “The pro-abortion candidate agrees with me on other important issues”?

Beware of such arguments. God has said over and over that He is ardently interested in protecting the innocent (e.g., Deuteronomy 10:18; 14:29; Psalm 146:9; Isaiah 1:17, 23; Zechariah 7:10; Malachi 3:5; James 1:27). At the last judgment, protecting innocent human life will be seen for the transcendent value that it is. Will your vote reflect that?

I highly recommend that you read the whole article, and I strongly hope you will choose life this November.

4 thoughts on “Why abortion is the most important issue this election

  1. Rebecca Miller says:

    I agree that we should prayerfully consider this issue. I also think we should all educate ourselves on the truth. Mitt Romney’s record on abortion shows that he is NOT pro life. Take a look at his record. Just recently he stated that it was okay to take the life of an innocent baby in the womb because the baby’s father raped its mother or if the baby’s father is a family member of the mother. That is NOT a pro life stance. It is wrong to intentionally take the life of an innocent human being in the womb no matter what the father has done. In 2005 Romney signed a bill that promotes chemical abortions. This was after he had declared that he was pro life. I could go on and on with this issue alone. What he says about his stance on marriage being between a man and woman differs from his record as well. A vote for Romney is not a vote for pro life or for family. He may do better than Obama on the economy, but if we hope for more from him I think we will be very disappointed.



    • Rachel Miller says:

      Rebecca~ I know that Romney’s pro-life creds aren’t great. In fact, that was one of many reasons he wasn’t my candidate of choice through the primary season. But, I do know this: Obama will absolutely follow an aggressively pro-abortion agenda. While Romney may not do all I’d like done for the pro-life cause, I believe that he will do better than Obama.


  2. Rebecca Miller says:

    Rachel, I hear you on the Obama issue and I agree. He is aggressive. I look at Romney’s record and see that he is aggressive as well, but he lies about it. Obama is at least honest about his pro abortion stance. Romney lies when he says that he is pro traditional marriage. His record shows that this is not true. His willingness to lie about issues that are so important to Christians is very concerning. If he so easily lies about these crucial issues, then how do we know when he is telling the truth. What does that say of his character?


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