By Fr. Frank Pavone
In the current election, the two major parties differ on abortion, as was clear from the discussion of the topic in the third presidential debate.
The Republican party platform says “the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed.” The Democratic platform says that “we will continue to oppose – and seek to overturn – federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion.”
This raises a fundamental political question: Does government have the authority to permit child-killing? And if it does permit it, what kind of a government does it become?And though abortion is an issue in this year’s election, the question is not being adequately expressed or even grasped.
Many Democrats, while holding to Roe, will nevertheless try to argue that they want abortion to be rare and that they are working for policies to accomplish that. We should all be working, across partisan lines, to accomplish that.
But that dodges the core question. While boasting of efforts to reduce abortion, they still think it should be allowed.
Let me repeat the core question is: Does government have the authority to permit child-killing?Look at it this way: What kind of government do we have? What kind of authority do the candidates think we are giving them if we elect them? Are we giving them power over life and death? Are they the arbiters of our rights, or rather the guardians of our rights?
This is no small question. If a candidate or a party believes that abortion can or should be legal, they believe in a different kind of government from what our Founding Fathers established. In the Founders’ views, expressed in the Declaration of Independence, government does not have authority over the right to life. The right is given by God, and “to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.”
Either government can authorize the killing of a baby – in which case it is claiming no longer to be bound to secure the right to life – or it must protect a right that “cannot be infringed” because it was granted by the creator.
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