First, the title assumes that abortion is just one among “other issues” (sort of like the Lord’s Supper is just one among “other parts of doctrine”).
But how is it that Christians, who admittedly “care” about having fewer abortions, can privilege health care, the ending of war or torture, or being nice to illegal immigrants over the fact that 50,000,000 and counting have died from the legalized murder we call abortion (in itself a euphemism)? Perhaps it really is the case that one is a tragedy but one (or fifty) million is a statistic (Stalin, anyone?).
The argument goes like this: if we in the United States can guarantee health care and other essentials to women who are “struggling” with whether to have an abortion or not, then they will be less likely to choose to have the abortion because the future will appear so much brighter–like that silly, multi-colored sun on the horizon of possibility. Hence, better and more affordable health care = fewer abortions. Hence, also, “vote for Barack Obama.”
Hey, I’d be as glad as the next guy (or girl) to have cheaper insurance and more choices (I currently have to drive an hour to see a dentist who is “in network;” of course, I live in the relative middle of nowhere). I’d also be happy to see Pres. Obama help struggling people and reduce the number of abortions. The latter is made far less likely by his promise to sign the FOCA and by giving back money to international organizations that support or do abortions. (Sorry, what does abortion have to do with helping people? Of course, the link is clear to Nancy Pelosi and her ContraceptAid bailout.)
Nevertheless, the argument has a certain superficial plausibility to it: if you’re not worried how you’re going to support a child, then maybe you have one. The problem is, children require more than money. Not even the best daycare, the best nanny, the best health care, the best insurance is going to reduce the “burden” that children impose. All that the purveyors of progress have is “hope.” Now I know that hope is big right now, but hope can only get you so far when it comes to the (sinful) human instinct of self-preservation. Because if I’ve got no bigger motivation than affordable insurance to make me keep and support a child I didn’t want in the first place, then I’m more than likely not doing it (at least, knowing what I know about three of them).
Even if my child takes less of my money, if I didn’t want her in the first place, that means she’s still taking my money, which I could use to buy a Wii or a nicer house, or a nicer car. And that’s still unacceptable. So I’m going to Planned unParenthood, so they can remove the burden.
Can Barack Obama’s policies reduce abortions? I sincerely hope so. But I’m not staking anything on it. If someone can be so sure that the unlimited abortion license and the support of my tax dollars for said license are right, and yet the question about when life begins is above his pay grade, then there is little to no chance he’ll be right about how to help those mothers struggling with the choice. My guess is that his idea about how to “help” them lines up with NARAL’s, not mine. And that’s morally, ethically, and democratically unacceptable. If he does not know basic biology, then he’s either betting (shall we say, hoping?) that it’s not yet a child, or he’s betting that it doesn’t matter. Either way, he’s not The One I want setting or signing policy that determines what is good for either unborn children or their mothers.
Christians who support policies that they hope will reduce abortions are either naive, or they have bound themselves so tightly to the (il)liberal, Democratic line that they find it impossible to extricate themselves. They have put the proverbial cart before the horse and are in favor of health care (who isn’t?) that will take care of health that will be non-existent (because the babies are in the dumpster out back). But hey, their mothers still have opportunity to make a good life for themselves and their (future) children! Because abortion is still legal in all nine months of pregnancy, and if Pres. Obama makes good on his promises to the radical blood-lust lobby, there will be no restrictions whatsoever. So go ahead, let the 12-year old abort her baby without her parents’ knowledge. After all, her crazy, fundamentalist parents will probably kill her if they knew.
Whatever you do, don’t worry your pretty little heads over all the burning babies: health care will be cheap and those crazy Muslims will only blow up themselves!