Ten Responses to Pro-Abortion Politicians
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
If you've ever written to a pro-abortion politician about the right to life,
you've probably received a form letter that utilizes one of several worn-out
arguments. Let's review how we answer them.
1. "I respect your views, but I have to represent all the people."
Our response: That's what we're trying to say to you. If you neglect the
unborn, you are not representing all the people. Roe vs. Wade
excludes them from protection; we demand that they be included. A public
servant cannot legitimately ignore an entire segment of the public that is
2. "I'm personally opposed to abortion, but can't impose my views on
Our response: This is not a matter of views, but of violence.
The law is supposed to protect human life despite the views of those who
would destroy it.
3. "The government should not be involved in such a personal decision as
Our response: The government got "too involved" in abortion
when it claimed to have the authority to deprive some human beings of their
right to life. The Declaration of Independence asserts that government
exists to secure the rights
already bestowed by the Creator.
Moreover, when somebody's "choice" destroys somebody else's life, that
choice is no longer merely a personal, private matter.
4. "Legislators should not be practicing medicine."
We're not asking you to practice medicine, but to prevent the abuse of
medicine. The practice of medicine is regulated by all kinds of laws that
protect the lives of patients. All we ask is that the unborn be included in
5. "Abortion is the law of the land."
Our response: The "law of the
land" can be changed, just as it was changed regarding slavery and
segregation. Leadership means seeing the injustices that others miss, and
inspiring people to utilize the methods the law permits to make necessary
6. "I support women's rights and health."
Our response: That is
precisely why you should examine the evidence, which is more plentiful than
ever, that abortion is destructive of women's health, and listen to the
growing voices of those who have been harmed by abortion. That is also why
you should examine how the abortion industry, through unregulated and
dangerous clinics, continues to deceive and exploit women.
7. "Abortion is just one of many issues; I embrace a consistent ethic of
Our response: The foundation of a house is only one of many
parts of the house, but it is essential in order to build the other parts.
That is why the Catholic bishops have repeatedly asserted that among the
many interrelated issues within a consistent ethic, abortion deserves
"urgent attention and priority " (Pastoral Plan, 2001).
8. "My office does not involve any decision-making about abortion."
Our response: Your position on abortion says a lot about your character and
worldview. If you cannot stand up for the smallest of children, how will you
stand up for the rest of us?
9. "Let's just agree to disagree."
Our response: We have the
greatest respect for those who disagree with us. But when victims are
oppressed, we don't sit back and "agree to disagree" with the oppressor.
Rather, we intervene to save the victim. Abortion is not about beliefs; it's
about bloodshed. Those who need protection need it despite the disagreement
10. Finally, always use the best response to all the arguments: I vote!