[Today's post is by Christian pro-lifer Sean Sullivan. It was originally posted on the Students for Life of Michigan blog and is reprinted with permission.]
In a recent editorial titled “Abortion Focus Will Cost GOP Michigan,” esteemed writer Nolan Finley argued that the abortion issue should be avoided by Republicans and should be relegated to religious groups.
He writes, “If some Republicans see ending abortion as their main mission, they should get out of politics and join a religious group, where they can concentrate on changing hearts instead of laws.”
I completely disagree. And here’s why. In its most basic form, the role of government is to uphold justice. Abortion, while certainly a religious issue, is also an issue of justice.
The government has laws prohibiting murder. Murder is certainly an issue opposed by religious groups but it does not make it a purely religious issue. It is an issue for which both religious and non-religious people can rally behind and pursue justice.
However, when murder is convenient for a large number of people and its impact is minimal, then murder/abortion is allowed. The child’s death is not felt by relatives or family or friends who have never gotten to know the child, thus making the emotional devastation of a death more confined.
Abortion is supported because it makes some people’s lives easier at the expense of a people group (small children) who cannot advocate on their own behalf.
How incredibly selfish and unjust!
Two hundred years ago, William Wilberforce, a member of the British Parliament, fought to abolish slavery. While certainly motivated by his religious convictions, he recognized it as an issue demanding justice for those enslaved.
Through “back door” tactics and laws, he managed to abolish slavery in Great Britain 31 years before Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in America.
Slavery was both a religious issue and an issue of justice for an oppressed people group. Abortion is no different though perhaps more dire since it is always a choice between life and death.
People today who accuse those opposed to abortion of establishing religion make one of two potential mistakes: Either they think that the separation of church and state is actually something in the Constitution when it is not, or they think that what the Constitution does say about establishing religion is in some way related to the abortion topic when it is not.
Yes, religious people oppose abortion. We think it is morally wrong, but we also think adultery is wrong and taking God’s name in vain is wrong. We aren't pushing for laws regarding those things since they are religious issues and between mankind and God. Abortion is more than a religious issue. It is an issue of justice for children and we oppose it on those grounds.