Voting as a Way to Help the Unborn
As people repeatedly state, abortion is NOT the only issue. However, I believe that because God hates the shedding of innocent blood, and has a special love for the most vulnerable and defenseless children, abortion is the single most important issue facing this country. I cannot see how any Christian cannot agree a least that it is ONE of the most important issues.
If your state has a prolife measure up for vote this year or is trying to get one off the ground, I encourage you first of all to vote, and then also to prayerfully consider how you can be involved in supporting these prolife efforts.
For those of you in Oregon: Citizen Initiative #25 is seeking to end public funding of abortion in Oregon. The proposed constitutional amendment reads, “No public funds shall be used to pay for any abortion, except to save the life of the mother or as may be required by federal law.” This initiative is an opportunity for all pro-life individuals, churches and organizations to unite and work together to gather the needed 150,000 signatures by May 18th to get it on the ballot.
The amendment does not restrict abortion, but it will ensure that taxpayers who are morally or fiscally opposed to paying for abortions will no longer have to. (For example, in 2009 there were 10,801 abortions in Oregon, and of those, 3,375 were paid for by taxpayers via the Oregon Health Plan. That’s 65 babies per week.)
Timing could be on the side of the amendment, due to the current economy and a nationwide desire to cut government spending (including seeking to defund Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America).
For more information, and to learn how you can help support the initiative, go to www.Oregon2012.org.
For more information on abortion, check out www.Abort73.com or my book Why Prolife? For ideas on how to get involved in prolife efforts, including through political action, see 50 Ways to Help Unborn Babies and their Mothers.