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Life - More Than An "Issue"

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

If someone jabs you with the phrase “one-issue voter” while you’re discussing the election, at mildest you are being called a “simpleton,” and at worst you are being likened to a “right-wing extremist who is ruining progress by inflicting your own backward religious views on a country with vastly more important and complex issues at stake.” Or something in between, but whatever the precise translation, it is not a complement.

If you’ve been breathing in the fumes of the culture of death for long enough, it could start to get to you after a while. But hold firm. You know what is right. I want to remind you of what you already know but may not hear often enough:

Life is good.

Babies are a blessing.

There is support of every kind available for every pregnant woman who wants it.

Human life is always worth defending, worth fighting for, worth saving.

America doesn’t need abortion.

America is rich in resources, rich in generosity, and rich in love.

Even extremely important issues like the proper care for the poor, the elderly, disabled and displaced persons are second to protecting life in the womb.

When America stands up and ends the sacrifice of her own children on the altar of “reproductive rights” she might start to remember her former strength and become great again—but not before.

If you, like me, stand by the truth that the right of every human being to live is so fundamental that without it our efforts to secure the rights of any other group of citizens, are almost hypocritical, then you have certainly endured the ire of family, friends, co-workers or even strangers. The right to life can’t be compromised—you don’t negotiate with death.

Human life, it’s not an “issue,” it is a gift. Let being called a “one-issue voter” be your badge of honor. Don’t sell out because you think you are alone; we are in this together.

“. . . we are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”. We find ourselves not only faced with but necessarily in the midst of this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.”


“A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members; and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying.”

~St. John Paul II

Mother Clare, CFR



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