“All people are born alike — except Republicans and Democrats,” Groucho Marx
The political divide is ever-widening as the Nov. 6 election draws closer. And while there is passion and conviction over a menu of issues, none is more polarizing than abortion rights.
At the Values Voter Summit a few months ago, that line in the sand was etched even deeper, leaving no doubt about what this group of social conservatives believes and expects their leaders to champion.
The Values Voter Summit is an annual political conference hosted by The Family Research Council (FRC), an American conservative Christian group and lobbying organization. In addition to the intense focus on stopping abortion, adoption was introduced as a significant companion to the anti-abortion message.
“You can’t discuss a pro-life sort of worldview unless it includes, foundationally, adoption as something that is highly promoted. There are two alternatives to abortion: parenthood and adoption. There’s only two,” Ryan Bomberger told The Christian Post on Sept. 15.
Bomberger, a speaker at the event, was adopted into a family with 15 children (five biological and 10 adopted). His mother decided to give him up for adoption, rather than have an abortion, after she was raped.
No common ground
Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee said, “I am pro-life and I support pro-life legislation… I think the Roe v. Wade one-size-fits-all approach is wrong.”
President Obama has pledged to “never stop fighting” for Planned Parenthood, an organization that performs 40 percent of abortions in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
While there are issues on which both parties can find room for compromise, abortion isn’t one of them. The lack of common ground is evidenced by the decrease of “Blue Dog Democrats.” The official Blue Dog Coalition “had 54 members in the 111th Congress; it now holds less than half of that number at 25,” The Washington Post reported in 2011.
“A party that deletes God and the capital of Israel from its platform, whose delegates boo the re-inclusion of God and Jerusalem in that platform for political purposes, and that invites the presidents of Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America to officially address their convention, is a party that has little space left for moderates and economically liberal social conservatives,” writes Jordan Sekulow in The Washington Post.
The New York Times said “that women’s rights and health are casualties of Republican policy is indisputable.”
How will this impact the decision at the polls on Election Day?
Tuesday’s outcome depends entirely upon which Americans actually cast a vote and how highly they value this issue. A Gallup poll from May reveals that those who take a pro choice stance are at a record low, now 41 percent. If all those who are pro life vote, and they place this issue at the top of their priority list, the outcome will be simple and obvious. However, political elections are never simple or obvious. The mystery will be solved in a few days.