Politics - U.S.Tue Nov 6, 2012 - 9:00 am EST
What’s at stake in the 2012 presidential election
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 6, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Few decisions are as momentous as a presidential election. In addition to issues ranging from economics and foreign policy to regulation and the environment, the next president will affect a host of policies that pro-life voters care about.
The Supreme Court
After a string of activist judicial decisions capped off by 1973’s Roe v. Wade case, restoring a majority of judicially and constitutionally responsible justices to the Supreme Court has been a paramount concern for pro-family activists and conservatives in general. With four of the High Court’s judges over the age of 70, the next president could make a permanent imprint on the court’s composition. While Republican-appointed justices from Earl Warren to John Roberts have been known to “grow in office” and move further to the Left, Democrat appointees never feel a pull to the center. Thus, while half of justices appointed by Republicans oppose Roe, no justice appointed by a Democrat has been pro-life since the late Byron “Whizzer” White, who was appointed by John F. Kennedy. Barack Obama has already appointed two justices to the Supreme Court: Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
George Wallace, the Alabama governor who ran a third party presidential race in 1968, famously said, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats.” However, the president appoints some 1,200 people to positions in the federal government, mostly from the ranks of his own party. Only one party has a deep bench of pro-life, pro-family applicants for those positions. Thus, the most liberal Republican president of recent times, George H.W. Bush, appointed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, while the most centrist Democrat in recent history, Bill Clinton, gave us Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Jocelyn Elders. As political strategist Morton Blackwell has often said, “Personnel is policy.”
When Barack Obama was sworn in, he decided nightstick-wielding Black Panthers would not be prosecuted and rosary-wielding pro-lifers would. The president talked about the importance of an “activist” executive branch in a 2001 public radio interview, and he has largely ruled by executive order since losing control of Congress in 2010. President Romney would end the prosecution (persecution?) of pro-life activists like Mary Susan Pine and halt the four-year-long flow of demeaning DHS reports branding those who cherish life as likely domestic terrorists.
ObamaCare and the HHS mandate
Romney argues that “we cannot afford” ObamaCare and will work with Congressional leaders to repeal the health care plan – which many believe will lead to rationing – “from day one.” Barack Obama has made clear there will be no quarter for religious institutions after August 2013, when fines of up to $100 per employee per day will kick in, forcing conscientious Christians to close their doors or drop insurance coverage.
The Mexico City Policy
One of Barack Obama’s first actions as president was to repeal the Mexico City Policy, ending U.S. funding for abortion worldwide. Mitt Romney has vowed to reinstate the policy on his first day in office.
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Planned Parenthood funding
Romney’s fiscal conservatism means the half-billion-dollar annual subsidy to the nation’s largest abortion provider is on the chopping block in a Romney administration. Romney has vowed he will scan the budget and ask if each program is worth “borrowing money from China to pay for it.” The Massachusetts governor has said Planned Parenthood funding does not rise to that level. However, the group has spent $13 million to re-elect Barack Obama who has aggressively defended the agency on the campaign stump.
Barack Obama had said he would make no effort to promote same-sex “marriage” as president. However, he has completely reversed his previous stated position on the issue. He is aggressively calling for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Obama Department of Justice has taken court action to have DOMA declared unconstitutional. Mitt Romney has campaigned on behalf of marriage since he was governor of Massachusetts.