January 25, 2010

The pro-life movement, the GOP, and Scott Brown

The pro-life movement is the political equivalent of the abused girlfriend who just can’t bring herself to leave her man. For over three decades now, pro-lifers have continually been sold-out by Republicans, and yet, bruised and bloodied, they keep coming back. “They didn’t mean it. They won’t do it again. They’ve been under a lot of pressure lately…”

I really don’t know what it will take for pro-lifers to realize that they’ve been used. Republicans have been in the White House for twenty of the past thirty years. In that time, they’ve appointed seven new justices to the Supreme Court, and yet Roe v. Wade remains intact.

Even George W. Bush, who maintains a rock star status among pro-lifers, had an unmistakably pro-abortion record; among other things, he appointed two pro-abortion Supreme Court justices and continued forcing taxpayers to fund abortions by signing HHS appropriations bills into law.

Of course, Republican politicians say they care about unborn babies. And evidently that’s all it takes to win over conservative voters—never mind that, because of Republican policies, there continue to be over one million abortions every year in this country.

Let’s return to the abused girlfriend analogy. It really doesn’t take much to please her. Slap her around Monday through Friday, but sweet talk her on Saturday, maybe take her out for a Big Mac and fries, and you’re golden.

Many pro-life groups even rallied behind Scott Brown, who is clearly pro-abortion. For instance, Brian Burch, president of Catholic Vote Action, admits that Brown is “certainly not an ideal candidate. After all, he supports Roe v. Wade.” And yet Burch happily contends that Brown’s victory last week “set in motion a movement that many Americans thought was no longer possible,” one which “may very well carry us to the political place where life, faith, and family are truly victorious.” Well that’s optimism for you.

Christianity Today reports that many other pro-life groups were ecstatic about Brown’s victory. For instance, the Liberty Counsel issued a statement declaring, “The tax and spend, big government, anti-life agenda has been pushed back. ObamaCare has been derailed.”

Now I understand the logic here. The abused girlfriend realizes that her man isn’t exactly good to her. But she doesn’t understand how anyone else could ever love her; and being with Bubba, she tells herself, is better than being with nobody at all. So she stays with Bubba.

Yes, I understand the logic. I also understand that compromising, settling for the supposed lesser of two evils, hasn’t gotten the pro-life movement anywhere in the past and isn’t likely to get it anywhere in the future. I’m just wondering when, if ever, the movement’s leaders are going to realize this.


Don Emmerich said...

I accidentally deleted a comment left by Carl Wicklander, who keeps a great blog at http://uncouthruminations.blogspot.com/.

Here's what Carl had to say:


This post echoes many of my exact thoughts about the pro-life movement and the Scott Brown election.

I don't live in Massachusetts so I didn't face the decision of whether to choose between the lesser of two evils or vote for someone like Joe Kennedy who more closely embodied my ideals.

However, I can understand how many people would be happy that Brown won - I appreciated the historic significance and irony of it - because it would seem like he would be the death knell for the Democrats' health care bill. But I just couldn't see why pro-lifers would be happy or think that the abortion problem will get any better thanks to Scott Brown.

I agree that pro-lifers have been taken for a wild ride, but sometimes I wonder if others have been willingly duped. Perhaps saying that one is pro-life is more acceptable than admitting that the Republican Party comes first.

Don Emmerich said...

Thanks for your comments, Carl.

I, too, am glad that Brown win, simply because it (might) mean the end to (this version of) ObamaCare.

I really hope that writing posts like this will help wake up Evangelical voters. Little by little.