But the real point of this post is that often when people decide that moral issues are no longer their main focus, they often lump abortion into the "value voter" category and remove it from the top of the list. I submit to you that voting pro-life is not just a right wing, value voter thing to do, it is necessary to the intelligent functioning of a free society. The Declaration of Independence speaks of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness as basic human rights. They ought to be.
Now we have candidates running for office with national health plans. Plans that may be mandatory. And if they're like Romney's Massachusetts plan, plans that cover abortions. Now think with me where this is headed. Oh, now, don't think too hard. China is an obvious example. If the government has it's hand in our health care, and the people we put in charge of our government are not staunchly pro-life, than how hard do you think it is to slide from there to recommended abortions, then required abortions. Or choices like the ones they make in Holland where newborns with severe disablities are euthanized, someties without parental consent. It is a slippery slope that you tread on. Do you think that most of the people in Germany in 1930 had any clue that some of them would soon be forced into something like this?
Life is valuable. If it is denied that value on any level, it endangers everyone. This goes beyond "conservative" voting. This is a fight for the Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness for future generations of Americans. This is why we have a United States of America. So please stop thinking that this is optional. Changing people's hearts and morals is the duty of the Church. But protecting life is a duty of the government as well. So don't just go to church and honor life with your heart and lips. Honor it with your vote as well.
Now that I've gotten off my soapbox, here's another practical way to honor life.
Let's join Mary in buying blankets for destitute mothers and their new babies in Ethiopia.