Election debates never avoid at least a mention of if not flat-out knuckle brawl on abortion, and 2016 is no different.
During the Vice Presidential debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine Tuesday, the subject of abortion came up. Specifically, the issue that Democrat Tim Kaine is Catholic but pro-choice. Kaine says he himself is pro-life but he wouldn’t want to infringe on a woman’s right to choose. In an interview with Chuck Todd on June 26, Kaine says the following:
Kaine: You know, I would say, people use labels all the time. But I’m kind of a, look, traditional Catholic. I don’t like it personally. I’m opposed to abortion. And personally I’m opposed to the death penalty.
[NBC Chuck] Todd: Are there regulations that should be on abortion?
Kaine: But let me continue. I deeply believe, and not just as a matter of politics, but even as a matter of morality, that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They’re moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions.
So I’ve taken a position which is quite common among Catholics. I’ve got a personal feeling about abortion, but the right role for government is to let women make their own decisions.
No, Tim Kaine, your pro-murder position is not at all common among Catholics.
And this, from the debate:
TIM KAINE: Why doesn’t Donald Trump trust women to make this choice for themselves? That’s what we ought to be doing in public life – living our lives of faith or motivation with enthusiasm and excitement, convincing each other, dialoguing with each other about important moral issues of the day…
MIKE PENCE: Because they’re…
KAINE: …But on fundamental issues of morality, we should let women make their own decisions.
Lots of good conservative icons like Dennis Prager and Ben Shapiro have done their usual good job of covering the Left’s dark position on life, but I want to add another component. And this is not just for Tim Kaine.
If you are pro-choice, you cannot be a (religious) Jew or Christian.
How can I say that? It’s easy.
As I’ve said in previous columns, there is no life without conception. Therefore, life must begin at conception. There is no debate necessary regarding the science of what constitutes a baby, when that baby can feel pain, when that baby has fingernails, or when that baby can yawn. Any and all discussion beyond, “Is that a human being in her belly or not?” is irrelevant. I haven’t been there for all births since the beginning of time, but I can reasonably assume that what comes out of a woman is not a raccoon. Therefore, the answer to that question is “It’s a human baby.”
When one human takes the life of another by intention – regardless of development stage and regardless of motivation — it is called murder. So if you are a religious Jew or a Christian, and you believe it’s okay to murder, you have a problem both on logical and moral/religious grounds. You can’t be both religious and pro-murder.
Keep in mind, the subject of life is not limited to one’s religion. It is illegal for the secular and religious to murder a baby outside the womb. And why? Because it’s illegal to murder. So why then is it legal to murder a baby who is only separated by her mother’s uterus and layers of tissue? Pro-life leaders would save themselves an inordinate amount of time if they get to the point, and call abortion for what it is: Murder of another human being.
If you do your research, you’ll find there is no medical condition that requires the removal of a baby to save the life of the mother. When doctors perform procedures to save the life of a pregnant woman, and those procedures happen to result in the death of the unborn baby, those procedures do not constitute murder. Objection denied.
When a baby is a result of rape, remember that part about that baby being a human being? A baby produced by rape is no more deserving of death than a baby conceived in love. Objection denied.
Pro-murder “religious” Jews or Christians, seek God, and seek help.
Image: By US Department of Education – 06202016 – Presidential Scholars 2016 Sec King and Sen Kaine-7, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50322553