Someone I know told me an acquaintance said he’d like to vote for Kerry, but he can’t because his priest said it was wrong to do so because Kerry wasn’t “pro life.” I’ve also seen online news reports that there is an effort underway to attempt to have Kerry excommunicated from the Catholic church because he says he believes that we need to have freedom of choice, that one group’s beliefs should not be legally forced on everyone else.
The fear is, among those who would make abortion an illegal act, that being pro-choice promotes abortion itself. They have been told continually that the solution to abortion is to make it illegal. Terrific amounts of effort and money have been expended in the attempt to accomplish that.
But, making abortion illegal will never stop the practice of abortion. Making it illegal will be even less effective in stopping it than making recreational drugs illegal has stopped the flow of drugs, less effective than making prostitution illegal has stamped that out, and less effective than making alcoholic beverages illegal during the Prohibition era stopped the consumption of liquor.
Making abortion illegal will simply put it back in the hands of dangerous abortionists and into desperate attempts at self-abortion like the ones that used to take the lives and health of so many women. Women will not stop having abortions simply because it's illegal. That never stopped them before, it's not going to stop them now.
The way to reduce abortion to a very small amount, is to make it unnecessary. And that is a job big enough for the whole society to undertake. I’ve started a blog on the subject, my own effort in that direction. I invite everyone who wants to work toward that cause to join with me.
But, for preachers and priests to pressure their constituents to vote against a plainly more capable and competent candidate solely because he is not willing to promote a law to deny all women abortions is a shame and a misuse of their privileged position. It’s reducing an important choice, who will be the President of the United States of America for the next four years, to a knee jerk response, and a futile one at that.
Vote smart. Don’t make your choice with your knee, use your head.