As some of you know, I am one of those mysterious "undecided voters." I used to wonder who the heck those people were and now, I am one of them.
Who I am going to vote for is a question that I ask myself every day.
Can I vote for someone who voted against the Born Alive Act? This act simply allowed for basic medical care for babies who are born alive in induced labor abortions. Nurses testified that they held dying babies as they breathed their last breath in utility rooms. Others testified that breathing babies were thrown in the trash.
We cannot pretend that abortion is not one of the most important issues in our political landscape. We cannot pretend that it is not what it is - the killing of a child.
On the other hand, can I vote for someone who does not represent my views on any other issue but this?
I am not sure. This is the dilemma of many Catholic voters.
The other day I met a man in the grocery store who was having difficulty breathing. He would stop for several minutes and lean against the produce aisles. He told me that Medicare would not cover oxygen for him even though his doctors were virtually begging them to do so. OXYGEN!
Adequate health care is a basic right. This too is an issue of Life.
We are the richest country in the world. We can afford to wage wars that cost 10 billion dollars a month and bail out irresponsible corporations for billions more but we cannot provide our citizens with basic health care?
In 2000, I voted for George Bush solely on the issue of abortion.
In 2004, I voted for John Kerry. I was dismayed at the direction that Bush led our country and the unnecessary war that has caused an estimated 150,000 to as many as 1,000,000 civilian deaths. And more than 4,000 of our own soldiers have died.
War is a Life issue as well.
The environment, promoting peace, universal health care, addressing the roots of poverty - these are Life issues. Does one issue trump everything else?
It just might
For me, the choice is not simple and it is not clear, but I pray for God's guidance not only in my personal vote but in the votes of everyone around the country.