I remember one time my wife and I were going for a walk on our road. A car slows down and stops. The driver rolls down her window and introduces herself as a candidate for the state House of Representatives.
I thanked her for running and then asked, “Where do you stand on abortion?”.
The candidate’s response: “Personally, or politically?”.
As you might imagine, I was not impressed.
For me, abortion is the defining issue. I don’t care whether you’re running for dogcatcher or President. If you can’t see that abortion is murder, in my mind, you’re not qualified to hold elected office. It speaks to character.
The aforementioned candidate’s response was a wimpy copout. Sure. No one likes abortion. But the idea that you can be personally opposed to it but politically in favor of it is ridiculous. To quote the late, and great, Howard Phillips, “The first duty of civil government is to prevent the shedding of innocent blood.”. If you believe abortion is wrong, and that it is a taking of an innocent life, then, as an elected official you should do everything in your power, and expend whatever political capital is necessary, to right that wrong. That is what the civil government is supposed to do.
Fast forward to today. Curious about where the various congressional candidates stand on the abortion issue, I sent the Blaine Richardson campaign an email asking them where they stand on the issue. Now, bear in mind, that I did word the question in such a way as to make it sound like I was pro-choice. See the email exchange I’ve pasted in below:
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Date: Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM
Subject: RE: Choice
To: Bill Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org>Bill,Thanks for the question.Blaine’s stance on the abortion issue is two fold: One, he believes life begins at conception. Two, Roe vs Wade is the law of the land and as the law of the land it gives women the right to choose. He doesn’t feel he has the right to “judge” what a woman may or may not do with her body.I hope this answers your question,Matt McDonaldBlaine for US Congress2072133095
After reading this, the first thing that came to mind was that exchange I had on my road with that State Rep. candidate.
So Roe v. Wade is the law of the land? And Blaine Richardson has no right to “judge” what a woman may or may not do with her body? This answer doesn’t give me any warm and fuzzies.