We know as Catholics that life is sacred from conception to natural death.1 For this reason, abortion is a great evil, which the Church has condemned since the first century. “The second commandment of the teaching: You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not seduce boys. You shall not commit fornication. You shall not steal. You shall not practice magic. You shall not use potions. You shall not procure [an] abortion, nor destroy a newborn child,”2 says the Didache, also known as “The Lord’s Teaching Through the Twelve Apostles to the Nations” (thank goodness that we can just call it the Didache for short!). It can be noted that it is right beside “you shall not murder” “you shall not seduce boys” and “you shall not commit fornication”. Certain people nowadays would not be fans. The Church actually attaches a canonical excommunication to abortion,3 although excommunication seems to have gone out of fashion. Perhaps it should come back, but I am not an expert on that. I am set out to argue, in this presidential year of 2020, that a Catholic cannot vote for a Pro-Choice politician.
I am fifteen years old. I cannot vote, but if I were able to vote, were there a politician advocating the legality of murder for fifteen-year-olds — let us name him Muddy Hoggard, because that name is fun to say — I would most certainly never vote for him. Would you do so if there were a politician advocating for the legalization of murder of all your age? Yet abortion advocates for the legalization of all who are not yet born. Are the lives of people your age of any more value than those who have not yet even seen the light of day?
Or if Mr. Hoggard were to support the right of a mother to kill any child under three — and some studies suggest that pigs (yes, pigs🐷) are smarter than they4 — would you under any circumstances vote for such a politician?
One may argue that other things lead to more deaths. This may be true, although it is estimated that 1.437 million infants are murdered in surgical abortions alone every year, besides chemical ones.5 But think about it this way:
Do you oppose war? Many innocent young men and women may die in war but they are all sinners and some may go to hell. Every infant murdered by abortion is innocent and I doubt any go to hell.
Do you oppose guns? Many innocent people may be killed by guns, but guns can also be used to protect the innocent by killing evildoers in self-defense. Abortion is never used in killing evildoers out of self-defense.
Do you oppose the death penalty? Many people may be falsely convicted by the death penalty, and that is evil. Even if one is guilty, one might wish to have mercy on the criminal, as Pope Francis is so strong on it,6 but not a single unborn infant is guilty of a crime.
You may oppose these things, but none are worse than abortion. I therefore will not tell you whether to vote for Donald Trump or some pro-life third party candidate, but do not vote for Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and above all, do not vote for Mr. Muddy Hoggard!
Bonum certamen certemus.
I am the Catholic of Honor.
1 Catechism of the Catholic Church. Paragraph 2270
2 Didache 2:1-2
3 Catechism of the Catholic Church. Paragraph 2272
4 https://www.humanesociety.org/animals/pigs Accessed March 22, 2020.
5 https://www.all.org/learn/abortion/abortion-statistics/ Accessed March 23, 2020
6 https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/10/11/pope-francis-death-penalty-contrary-gospel Accessed March 24, 2020