40 Days for Life AND election season add up to lots of material for conversations online and on-air. My thanks go to Liz Gabert and Jack Kenny who welcomed me to their respective programs this month.
Life With Liz, WSMN Nashua
No written agenda is needed when Liz invites me to join her. She always makes me feel like I’m sitting down for coffee with a friend (which is pretty much what we’re doing!). This time, we talked about the importance of down-ballot offices in this year’s election, with New Hampshire’s Executive Council races as an example. Later in the show, Sister Mary Rose Reddy joined us to talk about the current 40 Days for Life campaign.
Having let this simmer on the back burner for a few weeks, I find it’s still apt, even with the election so close. Therefore, for your consideration:
I’m not a political action committee, nor do I plan to form one. It’s election season, though, so forgive me the occasional rant. There’s a campaign phenomenon that drives me nuts: people who campaign for (insert party name here) candidates for the sole reason that they belong to (insert party name here), because “party unity” or some such thing.
I’ve been a campaign staffer on two statewide Republican campaigns, both of which hired me knowing I’m an independent. A generation ago, back when I was a registered Republican, I was involved in platform debates. There’s pressure to support the entire party slate of candidates, top to bottom. That’s true of every party. I get that.
But I don’t think it’s too much to expect for pro-lifers to be pro-life first and (insert party name here) second. When elected officials of a party with a pro-life platform are not united in supporting that plank, and when the right to life is fundamental, then it’s kind of silly to vote a straight (insert party here) ticket.
It’s on social media so it must be true: the president of the nation’s leading abortion provider is delighted to announce that since the presidential election, her organization has received 80,000 donations – and some of them have been donated in the name of pro-lifers, in a modestly in-your-face gesture.
Turnabout’s fair play. Consider supporting And Then There Were None, a ministry to workers seeking to leave the abortion industry, founded by ex-abortion-worker Abby Johnson. Make the donation in the name of whomever you please.