Today, for the first time in many generations, my husband has broken with a family tradition…
He has switched political parties and is now a registered Republican.
In the past, Roger has always identified himself with the principles of the “working man’s” party. His father, his father’s father and so on, have all been blue collar laborers and farmers. The Democratic party made sense and Roger, at the age of 18, registered to vote, joining the party of family tradition.
In 1992, things changed. The Democratic party formally included in it’s platform it’s pro-death stance and called for abortion to be “safe, legal and rare…”
It has become anything but rare.
Since then, many registered Democrats have found themselves unable to vote for their party. My husband is one them; hoping and praying for change, and seeing those hopes diminished as the Democratic party has continued to grow increasingly hostile to those within the party who will not comply with the platform.
As regards abortion, here is the Democratic National Platform – 2008:
The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s
right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any
and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.
The Democratic Party also strongly supports access to affordable family planning services and comprehensive age-appropriate sex education which empowers people to make informed choices and live healthy lives. We also recognize that such health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions.
How does a pro-life Catholic reconcile himself with that statement? Pro-death, pro-eugenics, pro-contraception, pro-sex education…in other words, Planned Parenthood’s party of choice?
Roger can’t any longer.
Voting pro-life while maintaining affiliation with the Democratic party no longer makes sense. There are some traditions that must, for the sake of good, be abandoned.
Though there are still serious questions as to whether the Republican party will effect any change regarding Roe v. Wade, the platform adopted by the Republican party is the one that best reflects this pro-life Catholic’s views:
Faithful to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence, we assert the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion and will not fund organizations which advocate it. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity and dignity of innocent human life.
We have made progress. The Supreme Court has upheld prohibitions against the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion. States are now permitted to extend health-care coverage to children before birth. And the Born Alive Infants Protection Act has become law; this law ensures that infants who are born alive during an abortion receive all treatment and care that is provided to all newborn infants and are not neglected and left to die. We must protect girls from exploitation and statutory rape through a parental notification requirement. We all have a moral obligation to assist, not to penalize, women struggling with the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy. At its core, abortion is a fundamental assault on the sanctity of innocent human life. Women deserve better than abortion. Every effort should be made to work with women considering abortion to enable and empower them to choose life. We salute those who provide them alternatives, including pregnancy care centers, and we take pride in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives.
Respect for life requires efforts to include persons with disabilities in education, employment, the justice system, and civic participation. In keeping with that commitment, we oppose the non-consensual withholding of care or treatment from people with disabilities, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide, which endanger especially those on the margins of society…
This family votes pro-life. The candidate that best supports that end, has our support.
Rejecting the Democratic party was a tough decision for Roger. He’s such an optimist and so very loyal. But those words, in black and white, are rather convincing. In this election, sharing the same party designation as Barack Obama and the many others just like him, is an abomination that can no longer be reconciled.