As I said in my last piece, I was raised in the Church of Christ, and throughout my upbringing, I was taught that questions were the most important means of discovering Christ. When I was young, my uncle and my father were the preachers at my church. I never left a lesson without having learned something new—even something minute—because their method of teaching was such that it led me to want to know more.
This informed my political development. I frequently reassess my beliefs; I do my best not to recoil from new revelations that may rock a previously held belief of mine.
Given this, it always comes as a surprise to me when I hear fellow followers of Christ say they vote Democrat. It seems antithetical. It’s as though they haven’t taken the time to deeply examine their affiliations.
I previously wrote about gay marriage, and the general condoning of the gay lifestyle. Today, I want to write about abortion.
One of the tenets of the Democratic platform is “reproductive rights,” which is the latest code phrase for abortion-on-demand. Nearly every single Democrat not only supports abortion, but supports it enthusiastically.
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart…”
Job 31:15 “Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?”
There are several other verses in the same vein as the previous two. Though no verse directly condemns the act of abortion, the implications made in these verses are that God is not only responsible for our development inside the womb, but he is aware of us as humans prior to our birth.
We know that the DNA inside a zygote is the exact same DNA we have in us when we die. No, we may not look the same, we may not feel the same, and we may not function in the same way as an adult, but does that diminish our intrinsic value?
We also know that a five year-old child is not the same as a twenty-five year-old adult. Every stage of development is just that: a stage. No one would argue that a flower is not a flower because its sprout has yet to reach the surface of the soil. It’s merely in one of numerous stages of development.
Upon examination, I cannot see any circumstance in which a Christian would be supportive of abortion. Given that, let’s review the recent voting history of Democrats and Republicans regarding abortion bills.
In 2003, when the “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act” came up for a vote in the Senate, 64 senators voted to ban the barbaric procedure, while 33 voted against banning it. Every single Senator who voted against the ban, aside from very liberal Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins (both from Maine), was a Democrat. Lincoln Chafee, who also voted no, later became a Democrat.
The bill, if you’re unfamiliar, was designed to make illegal the practice of partial-birth abortion, also known as “intact dilation and extraction.” This procedure takes place during the third trimester in which the infant is quite fully formed. An infant is pulled out of its mother feet first, leaving only its head inside the birth canal. A sharp instrument attached to a hose is then inserted into the back of the infant’s skull, and the brain is suctioned out, collapsing the head.
Approximately 33% of the Senate was against banning this procedure, and those Senators were almost unanimously Democrat.
This is a child post late-term abortion:
In 2013, the House passed the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” 228 to 196. According to Congress.gov, the bill “prohibits [an] abortion from being performed if the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater.” The usual exceptions are included in the bill.
190 of the 196 “Nay” votes were from Democrats. Only six Democrats voted for the bill. This is an aborted child at 20 weeks:
These are human beings who are being denied life, and the Democratic Party monolithically supports this.
If you’re a Christian, how can you look at these images and support a candidate who thinks that these procedures are acceptable? It’s analogous to looking at the bodies of gassed Jews in a concentration camp, and blessing the Nazis who killed them.
How can you say you’re a Christian and vote for politicians who enthusiastically support these procedures? You can’t.