Dear kinda, maybe, sorta pro-life candidates

Posted: March 26, 2014 in Pro-Life Leaders
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This was first published at Live Action News on March 26, 2014, and is reprinted with permission.

As another election cycle begins in earnest, some pro-life candidates are playing political games.

One common argument making the rounds is that campaigns are not “focused on social issues.” The all-important economy is the focus.

Where do a focus on the economy and a neglect of vital social issues get us? In the past, they’ve gotten us slavery and discrimination. They gave Germany the Holocaust. When moral people focus on the economy and put their blinders on for social issues, do we think our opposition ignores the social issues?

No. That’s why slavery continued and the Holocaust began. The opposition doesn’t let up. They don’t ignore social issues for the sake of the economy. They claim that their side of the social issues is imperative to the success of the economy. They use pro-lifers’ social-issue blindness to advance their own cause. They don’t hold up a white flag and say, “Sure, let’s all just forget about abortion for awhile.” Instead, they laugh at our folly and floor the gas pedal on their own advance.

Kinda, maybe, sorta pro-life candidates are emerging where true leaders once stood. Instead of finding a concise, courageous way to explain their convictions, they deny they ever had them.

“The voters have spoken…the question is settled.”

Whenever the voters “speak,” do you declare an issue “settled”? What about the fact that the voters have voted for the candidate you’re challenging? If the voters have spoken, why are you running at all? People want to elect leaders, not followers who are easily swayed. Candidates ought to stand for their true convictions, not bend with the current whim of the electorate.

Backing off on pro-life standards rarely seems genuine. The issue of life goes to the core of who a candidate is. It’s not an issue that one can easily “flip-flop” on. If a candidate truly believes that life begins at conception and that every life deserves equal protection under the law, his record will prove this – and his words ought not to contradict it.

It’s one thing to change strategy. Many good people do. It’s one thing to explain the details behind positions. Many genuine people do. But it’s another thing entirely to waver on a correct moral standard – like the one that says human life begins at the beginning. It’s another thing to swap out formerly dearly held pro-life positions with a “clarified” moderate stance – all without reiterating to the voters that you actually do stand for the accurate belief that life begins at conception.

The beginning of life is a scientific fact – not a “social issue” to be debated. The constitutional guarantee of the right to life for all is a basic American value – not a position to sweep under the rug. And the standard that every life deserves equal protection under the laws is a matter of basic human decency – not an opinion to flip-flop on.

Dear kinda, sorta, maybe pro-life candidates: here’s what I’d say to you. I believe thatyou truly are pro-life, in your heart of hearts. I believe that you do see the value of every human being, just as your voting records would indicate. I believe that you are allowing a desire to win or the lure of more power (and yes, power for conservatives is good!) or the voice of the establishment to cloud your vision. I would like to call out the noble in you.

You’ve stood for right in your not-so-distant past. You’ve strongly advocated for the right to life for the smallest and most innocent human beings. Don’t desert them now. You appear like an untrustworthy flip-flopper when you make your backtracking statements. You don’t appear genuine. But that’s not who you are.

Your voting record shows your true, core, right positions. If you need to change strategy on how to end abortion, by all means, do. If you need to clarify your beliefs, please do.

But please don’t say that social issues don’t matter. Please don’t say you won’t talk about abortion. Please don’t say that you’re disavowing your former support for pro-life issues without reiterating that you absolutely do believe that life begins at conception and that every human being does deserve equal protection.

Use these opportunities to speak boldly for the right to life.

Use these opportunities to call out your opposition for their manifold lies and deceptions of the public.

And beat them at their own game by standing like the truthful and courageous leaders you really are.

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Comments
  1. Nancy Brown says:

    I so agree with you. Thank you for speaking up.

  2. London Henry says:

    Dear Kristi Burton Brown,

    Thank you for all the work you do fighting for the equal rights of every person. I’m new to the pro-life movement, but I’ve been reading a lot of articles you’ve written, and articles written about you, and I really admire your work!

    I’d like to tell you about a great pro-life resource I’ve created and invite you to join me in sharing it with those in need. I wrote two short novels that were just published. They are both about adoption and inspired by true stories.

    I know many still don’t know of all the loving options and resources out there and I believe that if more people did then many would make a loving choice for their baby.

    The first novel I wrote, “My Name is Emily,” is for teen girls facing an unwanted pregnancy — the fears, the challenges, the questions about her hopes and dreams she must face. The second, “Painting Shadows,” is for men, the fathers of unwanted pregnancies, who often want their girlfriends to get an abortion. Both can be read in about an hour each, but have the potential to change someone’s entire perspective about the potential of each life.

    They are available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble (search for the title of the book plus my name). My goal is to sell enough eBooks to enable me to print 10,000 copies to give to every crisis pregnancy center in the U.S. — as well as to hand out outside abortion clinics, send to prisons, homeless shelters, every place men and women are in need of their lifesaving message. All proceeds from the sales of the eBooks will go towards printing the books and helping women in crisis situations.

    Would you be willing to review the books and, if you believe they can make a difference, write an endorsement and/or blog post about them?

    My voice is small. It’s very hard to be heard among all the noise of pro-life vs. pro-choice. But if you, and others, are willing to join your voice with mine, I know together we can reach so many more than I could reach on my own — that these books could save so many lives with the positive facts, the beautiful truth about life.

    Please prayerfully consider my request and the potential of these books to make others deeply consider the potential and beauty of each life even while it’s still inside the womb.

    Thank you for your time,

    London Henry
    http://www.facebook.com/london.henry.books

    P.S. I’m giving away free pro-life resources (such as the Bella movie, Why Pro-life, etc.) to followers of my page. Please “like” and invite your pro-life friends to!

  3. […] The Lost Generation has a message for those “kinda, sorta pro-life” candidates: […]

    • yeshua777 says:

      Kristi, I couldn’t agree with you more. I have my own post entitled “Abortion is Murder” that explains WHY Abortion is just that……MURDER….and also briefly touches on the DECEPTION that happens at abortion clinics. You’re exactly right that the general public (specifically, young teenage girls) need to be told the told that Planned Parenthood is NOT telling them! By the way, have you heard the latest on rather or not the sole abortion clinic in Mississippi is being shut down by the state gov’t there or not? Thanks. –Dawn

  4. Dear Kristi,
    I see from your blog that we have a common interest in protecting the lives of the unborn.

    Thought you might be interested in knowing our company publishes two very inspiring pro-life books about a boy born with spina bifida and the positive influence his story has had on the pro-life movement.

    Written by the boy’s father, Chad Judice, the first book is titled WAITING FOR ELI: A Father’s Journey from Fear to Faith. It tells how the unborn son of Ashley and Chad Judice was diagnosed with a dreaded birth defect and how the parents were faced with the troubling question of whether to abort the child or continue with the pregnancy. The medical literature shows 80% of parents in the U.S. who are informed of this diagnosis choose abortion. But the Judices didn’t want to be in that number. Instead, they prayed for a miracle.

    The second book is titled ELI’S REACH: On the Value of Human Life and the Power of Prayer. This one is about the influence Eli’s story has had in bringing people to faith and prayer and in preventing some abortions.

    To learn more about these stories, go to our website, http://www.acadianhouse.com.

    We’re hoping you’ll find this story of interest and will share it with your followers.

    If you’d like to communicate with me further on this subject, please use the contact info. below.

    – Darlene Smith
    dsmith@acadianhouse.com

  5. yeshua777 says:

    typo up above: they need to be told THE TRUTH that Planned Parenthood is not telling them.

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