Abortion and Poverty Are Intertwined
A friend recently expressed to me some dissatisfaction over the lack of viable pro-life presidential candidates. He asked me about my support of Barack Obama and why others should support Barack—especially in light of this specific issue of abortion. I’m still formulating my personal response to this friend (if you’re reading this, hey!), but I think my answer on the issue of abortion is close to what Jim Wallis articulated at the recent “Values Voters Summit” (see video below).
Although he never says it directly (maybe that part got edited out) I believe abortion and poverty are directly tied in this country (there are studies and surveys that confirm this), and unless we have a President who is concerned about poverty and other systemic inequities—and has, as Wallis calls it, “a consistent ethic of life that carries all the way from womb to tomb”—we will never adequately address abortion in this country.
That’s why I support Barack Obama, even though he’s “pro-choice.” I do not believe he is “pro-abortion,” in fact, I believe, as an anti-poverty Democrat, he is a better hope for addressing abortion than any “pro-life” Republican, in my opinion—as hard as that is for good folks (like my parents!) to understand or believe.
BTW—The same issue of extreme poverty, as Wallis clearly states, determines national security to large extent, as well: “A world where half of the people live in extreme poverty is neither just nor secure.”