You know Lula .... you are a one-issue lady !!!!
Why label me? but since you do....here's my reasoning why placing the dignity of human life in all its stages first in consideration is so important.
If a candidate who openly supported terrorism asked you for your vote, would you say, " I disagree with you on terrorism, but where do you stand on other issues?" I doubt it. In fact, if a terrorist presented him/her self for your vote, you would immediately know that such a position disqualifies him from public office no matter how good he/she was on other issues. In other words, the horror of acts of terrorism dwarfs whatever good might be found in the candidate's plan for the economy, education, health care, etc.
So why do so many say even though this candidate favors abortion.....I disagree, but I'm voting for this person anyway becasue she/he has good ideas on health care, the economy, or some other issues? This position makes no sense whatsoever, unless one is completely blind to the violence of abortion, see what abortion looks like, or read descriptions from the abortionists themselves, for if you did you would be tramatized.
I read a story about a police call that some boys were throwing "stones" off a bridge. When the policemen got to the scene and asked the boys what they were throwing, the boys told them "little people" and proceeded to show them a bag full of aborted babies they had found in a dumpster at the mall. The policemen not only wept but they vomited as well.
The evidence is clear...abortion is the taking of a most innocent human life...and no one, but no one, not you, not me, not Supreme Court jusctices, not any legislative body has the authority to do that...in fact, God's commands otherwise, "Thou shalt not kill."
So, abortion is no less violent than terrorism. Any candidate who says abortion should be kept legal disqualifies him/herself from public office and service. For me it's simple...find out where they stand on the intrinsic dignity of human life. We need look no further or pay attention to what candidates say on other issues, for support for abortion for us to decide not to vote or support such a person. Public servants need to be able to tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public.
Pope JPaul II put it this way..."Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights--for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to education, is false and illusionary if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and condition for all the other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination."
"False and illusionary" are strong and clear words that call for our further reflection. I stand for health care for all, especiallyy children, and so far, so good. But as soon as you say that a procedure that tears the arms and legs off little unborn babies is part of your "health care" program, then your understanding of the term "Health care" is obviously different from the actual meaning of the words. In short, you lose credibility. Your claim to health care is "illusionary". It sounds good, but is in fact destructive, becasue it masks an act of violence.
Anyway, it's very easy to get confused by all the arguments in an election year....but if you start by asking where does the candidate stand on abortion, you can eliminate a lot of other questions.
Pope Benedict XVI has taught without ambiguity that the taking of innocent life preempts all other moral and social issues.
When it comes to understanding who to place my confidence, respect and vote, what more do I need than knowing and following God's commandment and the constant teachings of the Catholic Church?
abortion is terrible ... but it is a personal choice for everyone ... no one forces anyone to do it or suffer it
You are mistaken TA.
Unfortunately, way too many women are "forced" to have an abortion...at least one has written about it here on JU....and KFC recently blogged about parents who were attempting to literally force their daughter to have one.
In many instances, the pregnant mother wants to have the baby but the boyfriend, the husband, the one time stand, in other words, the one who impregnated her says no way. I've read stories of young girls in the abortion clinic and right up until the very last moment didn't want the abortion, but was forced to go through with it.