The Christian Post has allowed a Democrat operative to shill for Hillary Clinton, who rivals Barack Obama as the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in history. I’m trying to imagine if the issue were slavery, would the Christian Post give its space to the promotion of someone so determined to violently dehumanize God’s creation? If it’s remotely Christian to support a billion-dollar business that daily destroys nearly 1,000 defenseless human lives, then Christians can support anything.
Eric Sapp authors a ridiculously dishonest piece entitled “Hillary Clinton is the Best Choice for Voters Against Abortion”. He writes: “I'll start by saying that I don't think Christians should be single-issue voters since Christ's ministry wasn't single-issue. But if your concern for the unborn determines your vote, Hillary Clinton should be your candidate.”
For starters, Christ was singularly focused on giving people (eternal) Life. Secondly, as an American who is as black as Obama, I’m grateful that abolitionists were singularly focused; I would make a terrible slave. Thirdly, what planet does Sapp live on?
Nearly every statement in Sapp’s article is a lie. I’ll tackle a few of them.
“It's no coincidence that abortions go up when Republicans are in charge and down when Democrats are.”
Sapp is obviously statistically-challenged. This lazy assertion is false, easily debunked by the actual numbers (see charts here). The nation’s abortion rate hit its highest point (29.3 per 1,000 women ages 15-44) in 1980 during Carter’s administration and remained at that level in 1981 under Reagan. This also coincided with the pregnancy rate hitting an apex that same year. The abortion rate then declined during Reagan’s term, about 6.5%, ending the annual abortion rate increase during Carter’s presidency. The abortion rate then declined nearly every year thereafter with few exceptions (1988, 2003, 2006). The year he highlights, 1990, was the year of the highest total number of abortions as well as the highest pregnancy rate in decades.
In 2009 the pregnancy rate was the lowest in 12 years, according to the CDC, which could partially explain the sharper abortion rate decreases since 1990. Context matters.
“And what did Republicans [during the George W. Bush administration] do to overturn Roe or in any meaningful way limit abortion? Nothing.”
Well, here’s a whole lot of “nothing”, I guess:
- Partial Abortion Ban of 2003
- Reinstituted the Mexico City Policy
- Born-Alive Infant Protection Act
- Prolife Justices Roberts and Alito appointed to the Supreme Court
- Launched national adoption awareness campaign and increased tax credit for adoption-related expenses from $5,000 to $10,000
- Significantly increased federal funding for abstinence-based education through HHS (see this HHS-commissioned pro-abstinence study now hidden by that federal department)
- Issued federal regulation allowing states to include unborn children in the federal/state S-CHIP program to help provide pre-natal care to poor women
- Annually recognized Sanctity of Human Life Day
- Thwarted every UN effort to promote abortion as an international right
And this is just on the federal level. Republican-controlled state legislatures have enacted legislation to whittle away at the egregious unconstitutional Roe decree. Constitutional foes, in the form of pro-abortion Democrats, fight every single prolife effort. Perhaps Sapp has never heard of pregnancy resource centers—you know, those thousands of facilities across the country (CareNet, Heartbeat International, NIFLA) that care for mothers and their children. Many are medical. Some even provide prenatal care. All offer their services, including parenting classes and maternal and baby supplies, at no cost to their clients. These centers are a threat to Big Abortion, rescuing mothers, fathers and their children and offering help and hope.
Sapp alludes to contraception as the answer to reducing abortions. He must have missed those statistics on how national unintended pregnancy rates only increased from 1995 to 2011 (from 49% to 51%), according to the CDC and Guttmacher, despite more access to contraception than ever before in human history.
Contraception hasn’t reduced abortions. Moral conviction has.
I’m no Donald Trump fan, but at least he surrounds himself with constitutionally-sound, pro-life, pro-family, pro-liberty staff and advisers. Pro-abortion Hillary Clinton, who voted against the gruesome Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, surrounds herself with those who want to expand abortion. She has promised to repeal the Hyde Amendment, forcing American taxpayers to fund abortion (in addition to existing forced funding through Obamacare). So, someone with a 100% NARAL “pro-choice” voting record is going to reduce abortions? Sure.
I guess 100% pro-slavery Democrats were also the source of slavery’s reduction and eventual abolition. Does Sapp really believe what he’s selling? It’s amazing how time has changed little in the Party that fought, vehemently, to protect slavery. Its leadership still believes that some humans are not equal. Been there. Done with that.
“But at least "pro-choice" politicians who believe the fetus is not a child are being morally consistent.”
So, pro-abortion politicians who deny basic biology are “morally consistent”? Pro-abortion politicians who aid and abet the killing of over 56 million human lives are “morally consistent”? Pro-abortion politicians who declare in the Democratic Party Platform that they will “stand up for Planned Parenthood”—a Medicaid defrauding, rape non-reporting, aborted-baby-parts trafficking, business of epic corruption—are “morally consistent”? I think he means immoral and inconsistent.
And that’s exactly what Hillary Clinton is. (I’m not arguing that Trump is moral, by the way. My friend Jonathon Van Maren wrote an excellent piece on this and the reasons why many Christians will reluctantly be voting for Trump over Hillary.) She decries the deaths of those killed by gun violence while being endorsed and funded by the leading killer of unarmed lives (of any hue).
As an adoptee and adoptive father who was conceived in rape, the only political hope for protection of lives like mine, or the 1.1 million aborted annually, is in a Party that believes we’re all created equal. Sapp and other liberal evangelicals can shill for the Party of Slavery, Jim Crow and Abortion. As a Christian, I’ll promote truth and freedom, instead, by illuminating the fact that every human life has irreplaceable God-given purpose.