Life First

Johnson, Walz, Smith, Housely, Klobuchar, Newberger: Election 2018

By Fr. Don Braukmann/Retired Priest of the Diocese of Crookston

Election 2018 is just weeks away. As we hear every two years from those seeking public office, “This is the most important election in our lifetime.” What may seem like an exaggeration is, in fact, true for millions of us, especially the unborn.

I recently saw a poster showing a baby with a tear in her eye and below the picture the words:

If we honored each baby aborted since 1973 with a moment of silence, we would be silent for over 100 years.

Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion on demand, was decided 45 years ago in 1973. Since then, over 56 million children have been put to death. Do the math. A moment of silence for each innocent child means we would be silent for over 103 years!

Regular readers of OND know what is coming in the remainder of this column, but I hope you take the time to read it anyway.

Although this may be old news to some, I still write hoping to catch the hearts of those who ignore the abortion issue thinking it is settled law and to support the many who are out there on the front lines working to demand justice for the little ones.

In previous columns I have tried to make real the number 56 million. To do so, I list the states with populations when, added together, make up 56 million. This means the total population of these states, every man, woman and child, is equal to the number of children sentenced to death.

Read this list slowly…every man, woman and child of: Louisiana, Kentucky, Oregon, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Iowa, Utah, Mississippi, Arkansas, Nevada, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, West Virginia, Idaho, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, Wyoming.

A total of 26 states … 56 million people.

I have never voted for a politician whose moral compass somehow justifies the killing of the most innocent among us. If they believe we can kill our children to live as we wish as a nation, how could I possibly trust their opinion on issues of health, education, defense?

This goes double for those Catholic politicians who receive the Bread of Life on Sunday and, on Monday, vote to let the innocent ones die. I honestly cannot figure that out no matter how hard I try to do the moral gymnastics to get there.

This by no means suggests that because a candidate claims to be pro-life on abortion that they are assured my vote! This year, for me personally, I will be writing in more names than voting for those on the ballot. There are pro-life Democrats and Republicans on the ballot when it comes to abortion, but their views on other life issues are so abhorrent I could never vote for them. “Pro-life” in words only, means little to me.

Earlier in September, Harrison Ford, the actor best known as Indiana Jones and Han Solo, told those gathered for the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, “Stop giving power to people who don’t believe in science, or worse than that, pretend they don’t believe in science, for their own self-interest.” He encouraged the group to use the power of the ballot box saying “They know who they are. We know who they are.”

I simply do not understand the logic! Science has given us facts about a changing climate. The climate is changing. Science has also given us facts about when life begins. It begins at conception. Those are facts.

Science does not say a child in the womb is “less human” the first three months of pregnancy than it is at three months and one day of pregnancy. There is no magic moment after conception when a child becomes fully human instead of a blob of cells. Science is clear.

As I read the list of other speakers and sponsors at the San Francisco Summit, none were pro-life. The truth of science, so clear to them on climate change, is deliberately dismissed when it comes to the most basic scientific truth of all: human life begins at conception.

As Harrison Ford said, “they don’t believe in science for their own self-interest.” That works both ways, Mr. Ford. Sure, climate change may eventually lead to disaster and death. However, abortion leads to disaster and death right here, right now … for 56 million so far since 1973.

During election 2018, I pray we do not vote for “our own self-interest” but for the good of all people, including, not excluding, the most innocent and helpless among us.