Is it okay to be a one issue voter when it comes to abortion?

October 31, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Headlines, Politics

This post is back by popular demand:

A reader of this blog has recently left a comment appealing to the other readers with the following words about single issue voting:

Please, please…don’t let one single issue [abortion] be your deciding factor. I don’t believe in abortion either, but this election is truly about much, much more than that.

I’ve been hearing this a lot from the left. For some reason “single issue” voting is seen as being shallow. Well, let me put it this way: Would it be okay for Germans to vote for Hitler because his “election was truly about much, much more than that” when his platform included the state-supported murder of Jews? Would it be okay to vote against Hitler simply because one objected to killing people based on creed or race? What if you agree with Hitler on national pride, unity, health care, tax structures, schooling, etc. Should one ignore the one important issue and vote for Hitler because “we agree on everything else?”

Barack Obama says it’s okay to kill infants and wants to use my tax money to assist in that diabolical practice. This one issue – the right for a human being to have life – is the one issue that supports all other rights. If a child does not have the right to life, then he or she doesn’t have the right to education, healthcare, etc.

How can any issue in this election be “much more” important than that?

Think about all the babies that have been killed. Can a war in a Iraq, gas prices, health care, or mortgages be more important than a single issue when that issue is the fundamental issue for all human beings?

We’re looking into the eyes of manifest evil. You have a vote. Vote to end the evil.

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20 Responses to “Is it okay to be a one issue voter when it comes to abortion?”

  1. Klemens Raab on September 9th, 2008 12:22 am

    I always tell people that ABORTION is the ONLY issue – after that, all else is quite trivial, comparatively. I know that I will make money with one president and lose money with another. I know that it might be harder for me to buy a house with one and not the other. I know that health care will be better with one and not the other. And this cycle will continue for my ENTIRE lifetime. So, money (which seems the root of MOST political posturing) is no longer an issue for me because it “will come and go.” Abortion, however, and the children killed because of it, will NOT come and go. They only go, and never, ever come back. I pray for the one who thinks that ANY issue outweighs this one.

  2. Andrew, UT Austin on September 10th, 2008 2:26 pm

    It is acceptable and perhaps even morally imperative to cast a vote based on outlawing abortion alone.

    But it is not acceptable to turn off the mind, or to brand an entire party ideology as “Catholic” or “uncatholic” based on soundbites and untrue stereotypes. Many one-issue voters become one-issue thinkers. Their worldviews become warped as they seek to justify the ENTIRE Republican party platform. They even come to accept judgmental and ignorant attitudes.

    It is immoral for the Body of Christ to be single-issue citizens. We are more than our votes. We can help the suffering and work for social justice in many ways that will indirectly, and more effectively, build the culture of life in the long-term.

    Moral indignation is not a substitute for a gospel lifestyle. By all means, vote pro-life. But keep in mind, a lot of bad people opposed Hitler. Such as… Stalin.

  3. Taylor Marshall on September 10th, 2008 2:42 pm


    Great point about Hitler and Stalin. A good reminder that to resist one kind of evil does not entail moral rectitude on one’s part toward other evils.

    Thanks for the comment.

  4. Klemens Raab on September 10th, 2008 4:40 pm

    Thanks, Andrew and Taylor, for the great feedback!

    I will never propose “turning off the mind.” Also, I don’t label the Republican party as “Catholic” just because of their pre-dominant pro-life stance. There are other issues that would most likely contradict. I do, however, find that the Republican party is much more in-line with my own “ideology” when it comes to my most important issue, and none of the other issues (at least that I know of) seem to contradict my “turned on” mind. Thus, I will currently vote for them, barring any sudden shifts in “ideology.” I don’t feel that the Republican party is going to escort anyone to a gas chamber soon.

    Of course, “we ARE more than our votes,” and must live our lives EVERYDAY to help “suffering” and “social [in]justice,” turning our culture of death into a culture of life. I agree that we cannot merely rely on one vote every four years to do the work for us. However, what issue exactly, when time to vote, propels the culture of life forward more than Pro-Life/Abortion? There are issues that might “help” the fight, but none so intimately engaged and directly RESPONSIBLE.

    I look forward to your responses!

    WIth deep thanks for a good conversation, Klemens

  5. Manuela on September 11th, 2008 10:36 pm

    Really a great debate.
    I am not american, so i will not vote but even though america is being seen from outside as a “ortodoxe conservative nation” lately, because of the abortion discusion. The rest of the world supporters of abortion and all this this policies are waitting to see what happends in USA to become stronger in our countries….so your votes also reflects in the rest of us…..
    Personally i have really terrible situations on my Human right class because I am the only one “against abortion” in my class. This might really sound funny, but i really hope that in USA does not win Obama, not because i do not think he can be a person interested in people, but because this culture of “relative” concept has afected many and having one of the most powerful nations in the world with his president so PRO abortion will bring the whole world into a very complicated situation…..
    After sucha brutal capitalism in the whole world, and seing the consecuences, worse and worse everyday, imagine what could it be a pro abortion culture…..another chaos for humanity!!!!!
    I think this is one of the first american pre eleccion that most of foreign countries has watched with so much attention in the last 20 years at least!!!!!
    I wil pray for the votes of your nation.
    From Argentina….

  6. Doug Pearson on September 15th, 2008 5:40 am

    With respect to the one issue- issue:). I think we need to be Catholics who work toward a culture of life rather than pro-lifers who happen to be Catholic… But I think that the Stalin comment set up a straw man of sorts as Stalin’s opposition to Hitler was purely geo-political. Stalin had no trouble accepting mass murder.

    I am sitting here racking my brain to come up with a list of “really bad people” who oppose abortion, so far I am coming up empty. Of course I don’t know all 6 billion of the inhabitants of planet Earth so I can’t say the list is empty definitively. But in my small circle of people that I know and have read about it seems that the bad ones embrace abortion and that the ones who oppose abortion seem to be good. But I would never say that all people that support abortions are bad… many of them are simply wrong.

  7. ashley brazzel on September 20th, 2008 5:35 pm

    Killing is wrong. Period. Abortion is wrong. Period.

    This election does not allow us a candidate whom is truly PROLIFE. I believe that a prolife candidate would outlaw abortion AND the murder that exists during war.

    Therefore, one is forced to make a choice during this election. What is more important? The lives of those already here and in this world? Or the unborn? They are both equal, of course. But it is my belief that we must pick our battles right now. The most immediate one being the war. Then we can get right on back to fighting the horror that is abortion.

    I was informed that there have been 90,000 non-American casualties during this war. Firstly, what does it matter if those lives were “non-American”? Secondly, WE the people of the USA are responsible for those deaths. How can your heart NOT go out to those people?

  8. ashley brazzel on September 20th, 2008 9:58 pm

    hopefully i used the right code to post this image. If it works, all I want to say is simply :”lest we forget”

  9. ashley brazzel on September 20th, 2008 9:59 pm
  10. Doug Pearson on September 22nd, 2008 10:43 am


    A- The unborn are actually here in this world… if the unborn were not here in this world, the woman would not be pregnant in this world… not sure what other worlds are pertinent to this discussion.

    B- We kill 90,000 per month in this country, which is a place in this world, alone.

    Barack Obama has stated that the first thing he will do as President is to sign the freedom of choice act- enshrining abortion as a right in this world.

    If you want to make it into a math problem… please consider ALL the numbers.

    “Only when taken to the level of insanity can you compare a pro-war candidate with a pro-abortion candidate” – Bishop Vasa


  11. ashley brazzel on September 23rd, 2008 9:55 pm


    I will say it again.

    I am prolife. All life is important. Right now I have decided to become a “single issue” voter and vote against the war. Simple as that. I have been forced into a position where I must choose to sacrifice my beliefs either way. I cannot figure out why some have decided to place more value on the lives of the unborn than the lives of the postborn. They are equal.

    So we can continue fighting and killing in this world for “100 years” maybe. Or we can take one step at a time. We have been fighting abortion since 1973. We have been fighting a war since 2001.

    I have more faith in the possibility of ending the war during the next four years, than I have in the possibilty of ending abortions during the next four years

  12. Clint on September 24th, 2008 11:07 am


    Our bishops–shepherds and guardians of our faith–are finally standing up and teaching the flock with the authority that is rightly theirs. See some of the bishops’ statements linked below:

    They address your concern of the war “against” abortion in their statements.

  13. ashley brazzel on September 26th, 2008 9:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing those links, Clint. I found them interesting.

    As an off topic side note after reading those links, can anybody here list some basic differences between the beliefs of Episcopalians and the beliefs of Catholics? I know that Catholics pray to Saints, and Episopalians do not. However, to be honest that is about all I know. I know there are several other key differences, correct? What is one’s motivating factors when deciding to switch to the Catholic church?

  14. ashley brazzel on October 2nd, 2008 1:42 pm

    I have something more to say about the Hitler comparison…its illogical.

    Ultimately, the choices a person makes in his or her life are the choices that God will judge them on one day. God and God alone can see the intentions of a person’s heart.

    Hitler did not simply make a law that made the killing of Jews legal. Instead, he ordered his men to carry out his will on behalf of him. So if the day ever comes that the government orders women to have abortions, only then could you compare abortion to the Holocaust.

    For now, its a matter of teaching women right from wrong. Abortion is and always will be an individual matter – a case by case basis where the woman will have to make the RIGHT “choice”.

    But seriously, the irony I find in all of this is that most people who go around calling themselves “PROLIFE”, are in fact not. If you support war and the death penalty, then you are not completely prolife.

    Oh, and Taylor – thanks bunches for totally ignoring me here in your blog. It actually makes it much more enticing for me to continue posting.

  15. Matthew Hatcher on November 2nd, 2008 3:26 am

    “This election does not allow us a candidate whom is truly PROLIFE.”

    Actually it does. You could vote for the Libertarian candidate Bob Barr or the Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin.

  16. Ashley on November 4th, 2008 11:15 am

    Well obviously in the end its either McCain or Obama – voting Libertarian is the same as (in my opinion) not voting at all.

  17. Matthew Hatcher on November 4th, 2008 9:59 pm

    Well to be honest if I wasn’t allowed to vote for anything other than the two current candidates I wouldn’t vote at all. Real change will never occur until enough people vote for the best candidate instead of the least bad candidate. Once percentages get high enough the current parties will no longer be able to ignore those voters. I try to be an optimist not a defeatest.

  18. Jason on November 5th, 2008 10:48 am

    Although I think abortion is wrong, I also think it’s a small symptom of a much larger moral problem and mindset – until we learn to respect all life – abortion will be part of the larger problem. Until people quit focusing on abortion as a singular issue all alone it will always be around – go after the root cause people. I also think as a people it’s easier to focus on abortion and tell people what to do and be all morally superior about it, but in the end it accomplishes nothing. Some people really don’t promote change or even progress on this issue- they just want to talk a good game, have an opinion and rub people’s noses in it. I don’t respect that at all. Comparing someone to Hitler or Stalin…stupid. Obama isn’t Hitler, Bush isn’t Hitler…though in a historical context he’s closer than Obama. I could understand using abortion as a single issue vote if it did any good. Did Bush eliminate legal abortion? No. Did he gladly accept your vote anyways? Yes. Great job there people. It’s the attempt to simplify an issue that isn’t simple that makes you fail. Are you smart enough to know what that means?

  19. ashley brazzel on January 4th, 2009 2:42 pm

    Jason, I guess they were not…..

  20. Zack on November 14th, 2009 3:43 pm

    Hey didn’t we just have a Republican, who was against abortion, in office for 8 years? I’m not saying that abortion is right. In fact I am very much pro-life. However, just because an anti-abortion president (I say anti-abortion because I can’t call someone who lead our country into a war and supports the death penalty pro-life) is in office doesn’t mean anything will change. The reality is it is now up to the supreme court. And even with a supreme court thats majority have been appointed by Republican presidents won’t touch the issue because it is too controversial. So in the end it is really foolish to vote, one issue, on abortion

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