I got the following remarkable note from a friend today:
"I have always voted pro-life, but in this election I don't see a clearly pro-life candidate at least not among the two leading parties...if anyone can send me evidence that McCain is really solidly pro-life I would love to see it."
My friend is a very smart guy, so how could he not know -- a week before the election -- that McCain is prolife and Obama is pro-abortion. Easy! He gets most of his news and information from "mainstream" media sources.
I wrote back to my buddy as follows:
Interestingly, I heard someone else say the same thing (i.e. that McCain is not pro-life) recently and it surprised me. There has to be some deliberate disinformation circulating, because McCain and Obama are both clearly on the record regarding abortion.
McCain was not my 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th choice for the Republican nomination, but one of the things I've got to hand him is that John McCain has a consistent pro-life voting record during a quarter century in the Senate and House. Moreover, McCain has always voted to confirm, and has promised to appoint Constitutionalist judges (i.e. judges who adjudicate cases based on the laws enacted by our elected representatives, rather than making up the law according to their own whims).
The U.S. Congress doesn’t get very many opportunities to vote directly on abortion, since most abortion-related legislating is done at the State level, but when the opportunity arose Senator McCain voted to ban partial-birth abortion, both in the 1990’s when Bill Clinton twice vetoed the ban, and more recently when President Bush signed it into law. McCain also supports a Human Life Amendment, although no Senate vote has ever been held, due to Democrat filibusters.
Judicial appointments are the other avenue in which a U.S. Senator or a President has a direct effect on the abortion issue, and McCain’s senatorial confirmation votes have supported pro-life judges without exception. Candidate McCain has also made a major point of promising to nominate judges in the mold of John Roberts, Antonin Scalia and Sam Alito, if elected president. McCain has further openly expressed his view that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. Moreover, McCain has no confusion about when a human life begins: “at the moment of conception.”
Which brings us to Barack Obama.
Beyond, being unable to answer Rick Warren’s rather simple question, “at what point does a baby obtain human rights,” because the answer was “above [Obama’s] pay grade.” Senator Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate for president since Roe v. Wade.
Obama has said (watch Obama with your own eyes, listen to him with your own ears) he would make signing The Freedom of Choice Act his first act as president. The Freedom of Choice Act would enshrine abortion on demand in federal law as a right that could not be regulated by the States. That means No Parental Notification, No Ban on Partial-Birth Abortion, No Protection of Health Care Provider or Med School Student Conscience, No Waiting Periods, etc… With pro-abortion Democrat majorities in the House and Senate, a President Obama will have the opportunity to keep that campaign promise, wiping out with one signature all the pro-life progress of the past 35 years.
Obama also has a voting record in the Illinois State Senate. He routinely supported all pro-abortion legislation and routinely opposed all pro-life legislation (he voted “present” as part of a Planned Parenthood strategy to defeat partial birth abortion ban and other pro-life bills, while shielding pro-abortion legislators from accountability for their pro-abortion votes – read it on a pro-abortion website) in the State Legislature.
Most conspicuously, Obama helped kill the Infants Born Alive Protection Act in the Illinois Senate. This is beyond hideous. As you probably know, a nurse by the name of Jill Stanek blew the whistle on what was happening at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn Illinois (not far from where you and I grew up). Babies who survived an attempted abortion were left to die among the dirty laundry, and doctors and nurses were forbidden by the hospital to provide any care or comfort to the dying infants. When Stanek exposed this barbarity she was fired from the hospital; but pro-life legislators in Illinois drafted legislation to put a stop to the practice and require minimal care for those infants. Barack Obama, self-proclaimed advocate of "the least of these," fought and voted against that legislation. In Obama’s pro-abortion absolutist view, government has no legitimate role in protecting even already born babies, if the mother intended to abort.
In this, Obama is even more extreme than Bill Clinton, who at least drew the line at the baby being part way within the mother’s body. I know this is a terribly grotesque topic, but describing these procedures is not the evil, supporting them is, and that is precisely what Barack Obama has done with perfect consistency throughout his career. When it comes to the battle to protect innocent human life, an Obama presidency would indeed be “historic,” because it would constitute the gravest defeat for the pro-life movement since Roe v. Wade. And you won’t have to wait long to taste the bitter fruits of that defeat, since Obama is itching to sign The Freedom of Choice Act as soon as he takes the presidential oath of office.
In any election there are many important issues, but the sanctity of human life is a DEFINING issue. As I see it, a person who disdains innocent human life cannot be trusted with lesser matters either, because he has no fear of God. Without the fear of God what is there to restrain a person entrusted with power?
McCain is not my ideal candidate, and he has never been a leader in the Pro-Life movement. But McCain has surely been a faithful pro-life vote, even when it wasn’t the popular path, and I have no reason to believe he will abandon those convictions if elected president. Obama’s record and agenda is clear and unequivocal: abortion on demand, with no limits, enshrined in law, protected by Liberal judges, and I have no reason to believe he will abandon those convictions if elected president.