August 30, 2004

Here’s a quote from a comment added recently to a pro-life letter on this site.

Being “pro-life” means much more than being anti-abortion. It also means opposing leaders who engage in wars of choice, opposing capital punishment, favoring policies aimed at preventing and eradicating hunger and HIV/AIDS and other pandemics, and demanding that our government actively intercede to prevent genocide.

Even if I ignore the fact that the Republicans have done nothing to curb abortion despite the fact that they have controlled the White House for 20 of the 32 years since Roe v. Wade was decided, that they have controlled Congress for a decade, and that about 2/3 of the federal judiciary are Republican appointees — even if I ignore all these facts and still somehow believe that the Republicans sincerely oppose abortion and are not just cynically using the issue to lure Christians into voting for them — they still fall miserably short on ALL of these other pro-life issues.

Those remarks are very important. Of course our intentions matter. But the old saying about the road to hell being paved with good intentions has some merit. In today’s political environment it is becoming very clear that the good intentions of those who “vote pro-life” are actually serving the evil — or at least very unwise — intentions of those who use abortion to win their support. Please. We must stop this.