Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Abortion: Giuliani Says Yes, Other Hopefuls Say No

Some see Giuliani's success as a sign that abortion is losing some of its bite as a political issue. A poll by the Pew Research Center last month found that among white evangelical Protestants, abortion was a priority for 53 percent of those surveyed, below issues like terrorism and the economy, down from 60 percent in August of 2004.

Raising the stakes, many religious conservatives cast the abortion debate in terms of the anti-slavery movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, saying abortion is the great moral question of today.

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-If you had to pick the most important topic of this coming election, what would it be?
-Will you vote for Giuliani if you were to vote Republican?
-What are your thoughts on IVF? Abortion?
-Does abortion compare to slavery?
-Is Giuliani taking a large portion of the conservative voting base for granted?

4 comments:

Timm said...

Let me get this out in the open;
I am a "white evangelical protestant," but apparently I'm a part of the 53%. I can't even begin to understand the pro-choice argument. Murder is still murder.

To answer your question, my most important topic would probably be immigration/securing our borders. However, Abortion is a major priority for me.

I would vote for Giuliani if he somehow won the primary. It would strictly be a "lesser of two evils" vote. I'd take him over anyone the Dem's can put out there.

j razz said...

I see three options for politicians:
1. They vote their conscience.
2. They vote what their constituents want.
3. They vote in line with the Constitution.

I really struggle with supporting someone who says, "I am pro choice, but I will appoint judges who will be pro life".

Why? That would be my question to Giuliani. Firstly, should we not look at the Constitution? If it is silent on this, then maybe it should be left up to the states. If it speaks to the right to life, then why pro-choice? Secondly, how can anyone (I mean anyone) act against their conscience and campaign on such a platform?

If Giuliani won the primary... well, I think I would be looking for a third party candidate.

j razz

Timm said...

Taking into account the three options you've listed, I would argue that Giuliani does not adherre to any of them.

1. His conscience apparantly says that a woman should have a right to an abortion, yet he promises he will appoint judges that will take that right away from them.

2. The Core of the Republican party (53%) very strongly wants a pro-life candidate. Giuliani scoffs and claims he is pro-choice.

3. The Due Process Cause (The very one that they used to rule on Roe v. Wade,) says "No State shall...deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." Yet Abortion very clearly deprives inocent babies of life.

There must be a fourth option?

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