This entry shouldn’t even be filed under politics, but it’s an election year and I guess that’s the default category. But it’s so beyond politics.
Sojourners has an article from Dr. Glen Harold Stassen exploring how the number of abortions performed in the U.S. appears to have gone up during George W. Bush’s presidency, after a 24-year low. Read the article. It’s not a conclusive link, but it’s based on available data and written by a pro-life (backed up by life experience) statistician.
The basic conclusion is that more abortions seem to be happening because of economic reasons. Unemployment and lack of health care make having a baby prohibitively expensive, making abortion seem like a reasonable alternative.
My point here isn’t to argue politics or to rag on Bush. I’m not suggesting voting for Kerry would somehow be more pro-life (though that would make a funny argument). But I am suggesting that pro-lifers out there, especially the ones who look at me in shock when I tell them I won’t cast my vote solely based on abortion, need to look at other issues. What good does it do to tighten a few legal reins on abortion if the same government officials follow an economic policy that results in more abortions? Being pro-life has to mean caring about more than just what the law says. It has to mean caring about what happens to real people. And the current economic situation in this country is hurting real people and leading to more abortions. That should be at tragedy.
Pro-life voters, if next week you’ll be casting your votes simply based on the issue of abortion, then I urge you to let your voice be heard that economic policy must also be pro-life.
How sad it seems to imagine a country where a well-meaning and justified pro-life lobby succeeds in banning abortion, only to find a culture of death and loss thanks to economic policy that doesn’t help and nurture life.
Update: Steve Knight points us to a further discussion refuting and counter-refuting Stassen’s statement. And I must have subconsciously stolen Steve’s blog title. Sorry man.