Nov 18, 2008

Abortion: The issue politicians forgot

by Dominique McKay

The question of who will be the next president of the United States is finally laid to rest, but there is one issue of political concern that remains unsettled. In recent years, the case of abortion in America has slipped through the cracks of our country’s media coverage and finally, from the consciences of citizens.

Only 35 years ago, seven judges made a final decision, which eventually brought about an end to the lives of millions of unborn children. Despite what the recent lack of concern would lead us to believe, this is not simply an issue for past generations. Just last year, the Center for Disease Control released a report stating nearly 848,000 babies were legally aborted in 2004.

As college students, we spend many sleepless nights cramming for midterms or wondering where we will go after graduation. But how many of us spend our sleepless nights worrying about who will speak up for those who do not have voices?

In this past presidential election, the issue of abortion took the back burner to other issues such as president-elect Barack Obama’s “questionable” affiliations, the price of Sarah Palin’s designer shoes and the political opinions of Joe the Plumber. Abortion, which was once a topic of heated debate, faded into the background only to be raised from the dead for a brief moment in the last presidential debate, where both candidates were asked for their opinions.

John McCain responded calmly, expressing disapproval and Obama performed similarly, explaining his consent. In comparing the candidates’ debate on abortion with the heated discussions they had on economic issues and the war in Iraq, one would never guess that either one really believed abortion was an issue Americans cared about.

Today, throughout many national news broadcasts, the issue of abortion is audibly missing. Long gone are the passionate debates about the types of ethics and values our country was founded on. As for Christians, it seems that the fiery passion for Christ-like morals that brought many out to vote in 2004 has succumbed to quiet indifference.

God says that we were created in his image, that he knit us in our mother’s womb (Psalms 139:13) and that at any one time he knows the exact number of hairs on our heads (Luke 12:6-7). It is our understanding he gave us these words so we would grow to know life in itself is precious — something to be valued and fought for above all else. God does not call us to be indifferent; he calls us to act.

The late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. challenged every student who set foot on his campus to be “champions for Christ,” emphasizing we should not be afraid to speak out against wrongdoings. Falwell led by example, never telling us who to vote for but always telling us who to live for. As Christians, it is not for us to stand behind a man-made political party. It is for us to stand behind the causes that align with the will of God.

The right to life has always been and still remains to be such a cause and it deserves not only to be remembered, but to be fought for as well.


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