Coalition. 40 Days for Life is in the middle of their campaign, today is day 21. Read about the journey of this vigil on their blog and read today's newletter here. Please continue to be in prayer for the amazing ministry of 40 Days for Life!
Debates. Have you been following the debates? I watched the first presidential debate, and just watched the vice presidential one today. Honestly, unlike some pro-lifers, I do not think that abortion is the main issue in this election. Rather, I believe that it is the economic crisis and how and what we're going to cut in our budget. However, being arguably the most controversial social issue of this year, abortion is an important issue to consider when voting. In the first presidential debate, the issue of abortion was not really covered, though Obamacare was, but I was pleasantly surprised to see it did come up in the vice presidential debate. The rest of the debate held no other social issue (like gay marriage or even education), but both the Vice President and the Congressman gingerly laid out their views of the issue. Both being Catholic, they had the widely recognized views of their Church to reckon with (only Paul Ryan actually outwardly held those views, haha). Interestingly, Paul Ryan said at first that the Romney-Ryan ticket discouraged all abortion except in cases of rape or incest or if the mother's life is at stake (but seriously, it's better than nothing), after which Joe Biden pointed out that in the past, Ryan had voted against abortion even in cases of rape or incest. Ryan responded that he held those views personally, but the policy of the Romney-Ryan ticket was to only allow abortion in cases of rape or incest. Similarly, Joe Biden said that he believed that abortion wasn't okay, but that was only his view, and his Church's view. He laid down as God-given law that we're just not supposed to force our views on anyone as "my friend" here thinks is permissible. So both candidates believe one thing and are admittedly saying another. Biden's two views, personal and political, aren't even compatible with each other. At least Ryan's political life is on almost the same page as his personal life. Anyways, I got really mad when Biden started his tolerance bit, because really, if I could talk to him, I would argue that he's forcing his views on the entire country. We're all donating to Planned Parenthood whether we want to or not. At least Paul Ryan isn't proposing we shower tax money on Crisis Pregnancy Centers!
If you want to watch the part of the debate that covers abortion, start the video at 72:47.
Well, that's all for now! Let me know in the comments of anything else big that is happening right now. I think there are a gazillion different emails in my inbox of big shootings at abortion clinics or the latest abortion doctor going to jail, but honestly, I don't feel like wading through that right now. It's more encouraging to focus on electing a non-pro-choice President, you know?