Which candidates are pro-life?

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June 29, 2007

In February of 1982, a 20-foot-long metal container stored at the home of a Los Angeles-based pathologist, was repossessed for non-payment by the Martin Container Corporation. As workers began to remove the contents of the container, they discovered the bodies of roughly 17,000 aborted late-term babies. The victims had come from Inglewood Hospital and each one was labeled with the name of an abortionist.

On May 5, 1982, President Ronald Reagan wrote a letter to Philip B. Dreisbach, Secretary of the California Pro-Life Medical Association, a pathologist who was involved in examining the bodies during the mass autopsy that followed their discovery.

“When all is said and done,” Reagan wrote, “being confronted with the reality of abortion and its consequences removes all trace of doubt and hesitation.” “. . . evidence like that found in California will move those who have thus far preferred silence or inaction and encourage them to agree that something must be done. I have expressed my anticipation that Congress act expeditiously on this matter and approve a measure which will remove this evil and all its vestiges from our society.” (From the brochure The American Holocaust.)

That is what we want in our President. We want an advocate who will stand up and challenge Congress and the Courts so that legal protection of the right to life of the innocent will be restored in our land.

Abortion remains the key issue in presidential politics. Unless Republicans nominate a candidate who respects the sanctity of life and supports the pro-life Platform Plank, the 2008 general election may be a contest between two pro-abortion candidates, a scenario that should curl the hair of Republican Party leaders because it would mean almost certain victory for the Democrat. Historically, pro-life voters have represented a relatively small percentage of the vote, but in a country that is split down the middle, it is a percentage that can mean victory or defeat.

Rudy Giuliani comes to mind. He is pro-abortion. No bones about it. Some people who, until now, have been considered staunch pro-lifers, are already on the Giuliani band wagon. But, in Catholic circles Giuliani (once annulled, once divorced and thrice married, was baptized a Catholic and received some of his education in Catholic schools) is receiving justifiable criticism from influential quarters.

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I. last month called Giuliani’s position on abortion “pathetic and confusing.”

Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput said in an interview with the Associated Press that official Catholic involvement depends on which candidates and issues emerge from primary season. A vocal proponent of calling on Catholic politicians and voters to follow church teachings, Archbishop Chaput also made it clear he thinks the time for behind-the-scenes diplomacy with politicians is over. “I personally think that anybody that is pro-choice as a Catholic is not being faithful to his Catholic identity, and I think that people who are Catholics, when they look at those issues, should take that into consideration when they vote,” he said.

More recently, 18 Catholic Democrats in the U.S. House caught the attention of Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of Paterson, N.J. The Democrats condemned Pope Benedict’s recent statements about Mexican politicians voting to legalize abortion, writing that “religious sanction in the political arena directly conflicts with our fundamental beliefs about the role and responsibility of democratic representatives in a pluralistic America.” Bishop Seratelli responded that the Democrat authors are “arrogant to insist that the Church does not have the right to her own teaching.”

Never forget that you were once an embryo!

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