What does it mean to “promote life with dignity”? And which presidential ticket does that best? This is the first item on the list that Matthew25.org says it values in its quest to care for “the least of these”. I hate to be “Mr. Obvious”, but at least on this point, isn’t it a no-brainer? Let’s see: Barack Obama says that there are some circumstances when a baby can be seen as “punishment”, notably when a teenage girl “makes a mistake”. Further, Mr. Obama has, of course, won the support of NARAL and, presumably, every other “abortion rights” group out there. Beyond this, Mr. Obama voted, in the Illinois legislature, against a bill that was virtually identical to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act bill introduced to Congress (a bill which he said he’d support, but which is so utterly similar to the Illinois bill that it raises the question of “why would he support a Congressional bill that mirrors a state bill he voted against”—unless, of course, he doesn’t want to appear to be on the absolutely extreme end of the issue?).
Joe Biden? He’s a Catholic who “believes” abortion is wrong, but who doesn’t believe he can “impose” that viewpoint on America’s diverse people—the same tired, silly argument that Jimmy Carter used in the 70’s. It was a copout then; it’s a copout now; if Abraham Lincoln had used that same line of reasoning regarding slavery, would that have been OK with Joe Biden?
Contrast the records of Obama and Biden with not simply the voting records of John McCain and Sarah Palin, but with the actual life-experience commitments of these two. I posted some time back about John McCain’s deeply personal commitment to the sanctity of life; additionally, he has an admirable voting record on the subject, save for a disagreement I have with him on embryonic stem-cell research. Sarah Palin? Talk about walking the walk! Informed that her child would be born with Down’s Syndrome, a condition that causes the significant majority of parents to abort such children, Todd and Sarah Palin chose life and gave birth to Trig. Faced then with the uncomfortable and embarrassing nature of her unmarried daughter’s pregnancy, the Palins could have tried to find a way to “quietly” end Bristol’s pregnancy, but instead, they’ve chosen to stand by their daughter, and she is carrying this baby to term. Nobody would argue that unmarried 17-year-olds ought to be having babies, but killing the fetus compounds the problem, and the Palins are courageously standing by their daughter and her boyfriend/fiancé in whatever ways they can.
The truth is that “the least of these” must be understood as including those who cannot speak for themselves, and I agree with Matthew25.org: we must by all means “promote life with dignity”. By this criterion, Obama/Biden constitutes a terrible choice, and McCain/Palin an exemplary one. More later…