What's A Pro-Life Voter To Do?

Non-stop chatter about Super Tuesday from politicians, media and political punditry is getting to me. Yak, yak, yak!

If Republicans pick John McCain, yeah or nay this or that. If Republicans pick Mitt Romney, yeah or nay this or that. If Democrats pick Barack Obama, yeah or nay this or that. If Democrats pick Hillary Clinton... Nevermind. I'd best not even go to that dark, dismal, dreary and dreadful scenario.

For no matter what pundits or presidential wannabes say, more than 3,300 unborn babies (based upon Guttmacher Institute's count of 1.21 million abortions in 2005) will be aborted today.

What's a pro-lifer voter to do in presidential decision-making?

During his remarks to pro-life bloggers before this year's March for Life, Hadley P. Arkes, the Edward N. Ney Professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions at Amherst College, made points worth noting. (You will find Arkes' presentation here on video, courtesy of The Family Research Council.)

"We're at the endgame on abortion," said Arkes. "If we had political leadership we could have already accomplished this." President Bush artfully evaded his responsibility on the issue, he said.

Arkes explained that presidents have the power to affect the public's thinking. People in authority have the opportunity to teach, he said. "The Gipper did it gently with his stories."

The professor stressed the need for a president who frames the issue of abortion and addresses it with the nation.

Good luck finding him (forget her) among the presidential hopefuls.




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