First, some Republican whackjobbery. Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia is in the news for his comment that “evolution and embryology and the Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.” (In part, the newsworthiness of this comment comes from the fact that Broun is on the House Science Committee.) Most of the coverage has focused on the evolution and Big Bang parts of Broun’s statement, but I find his condemnation of embryology equally baffling. Broun is evidently oblivious to the fact that embryology is a key tool in the fight against abortion. He may be a reliable pro-life vote, but he definitely hurt the cause of prenatal rights with this baseless, bizarre comment.
And now, the Democrats’ turn. There are many things about the Democratic Party that I find attractive; of course, the party platform on abortion is not one of them. So I love the idea behind Democrats for Life of America (DFLA). What I don’t love is when DFLA throws its integrity out the window by endorsing a candidate who, by DFLA’s own criteria, is unworthy of the honor. That’s exactly what they’ve done with their shocking endorsement of Tim Kaine for the Virginia Senate race against George Allen.
I wrote to DFLA president Kristen Day:
As a Virginia resident, I’m treated to constant Kaine radio ads.
From where I stand, he is campaigning on a pro-abortion platform and
being quite vocal about it. One radio ad features a moment in the
debate where Kaine attacks Allen’s support for pre-abortion
ultrasounds. Kaine’s website
very clearly states: “I strongly support the right of women to make
their own health and reproductive decisions and, for that reason, will
oppose efforts to weaken or subvert the basic holding of Roe v. Wade.” This under the heading of “Individual Rights”– what about the rights of the preborn? I find your endorsement of Tim Kaine to be wildly inappropriate and urge you to reconsider.
Five days later and still no response.
It’s common practice for abortion advocates to attack the GOP for defending the right to life while cutting back on programs that could help those whose lives are saved. That’s a fair criticism. The inverse criticism, less often publicized, is also true; a party that claims to stand up for the helpless and oppressed betrays those values when it condones the killing of the unborn.
With all that in mind, I was encouraged to see that the latest issue of the Life Matters Journal is addressing these dilemmas. The theme of the issue is “Where’s my party?” and you can read it for free here.