Is It A Sin To Support A Pro-Abortion Candidate?

Note that I am not a Catholic, but this post on Biltrix really struck a chord with me. A Catholic believer asked if it was a mortal sin to support a candidate who was pro-abortion. The point about it being a mortal sin tripped up the priest. However, for the reasons below, he was clear that it was wrong:

What if the candidate stood behind the following positions?

  1. Eliminate wasteful spending in a way that satisfies you.
  2. Rewrite the tax-code in a way that satisfies you.
  3. Extend free healthcare to as many people as possible in a way that satisfies you.
  4. Resolve the immigration problem in a way that satisfies you.
  5. Provide support, funding, and weapons technology to regimes in foreign countries that actively and blatantly engage in ethnic cleansing through genocide — in a way that satisfies you.

Scratch that last phrase. No one is going to vote for this person knowing that he openly supports genocide. Clearly, anyone who would do so, regardless of his or her own opinions about genocide, knows that voting such a person into office is tantamount to sanctioning murder.

Voting for a pro-choice candidate of any political party is tantamount to sanctioning murder. Period. The laws and policies that allow for killing innocent human beings can never be tolerated under any circumstance whatsoever.

Is it more complex than that?

Yes it is. People can raise further questions that seem to complicate the issue even further. I am not saying that all those questions are easily answered. However, it does not matter how many other issues you can compound with this one, what kind of dilemmas they might raise for some people’s consciences, or how they might appear to introduce contradictions into some people’s voting decisions — no further question you might ask can take away from the fact at hand. Abortion is murder and it cannot be tolerated.

So, according to Catholic doctrine, is support for a pro-abortion candidate a mortal sin? Maybe, maybe not. However, should a pro-abortion stance be a deal breaker for Christians? Certainly yes. Spending, the tax code, healthcare reform, and immigration simply do not in any way reach the level of importance of the sanctity of human life.

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8 Responses to Is It A Sin To Support A Pro-Abortion Candidate?

  1. loopyloo305 says:

    Great post John and you are so right, a politician that supports abortion should be a deal breaker. God bless you my friend!

  2. Biltrix says:

    Thanks for the link back to my article on Biltrix, John Scotus. If you don’t mind, I feel obliged to clarify a couple of things that could potentially mislead some people. First, I should introduce myself. I’m James, the layman, not a priest, on the blog (whose other authors all happen to be Catholic priests).

    That said, I think most people who commented on my article got the same gist that you got, namely, that the separate issue of “mortal” sin is one for each individual to consider before God, while understanding what the conditions are for sins of grave nature and the obligation each person has to form his own conscience properly. When it comes to judging (for one’s self) in these matters, one also needs to consider the particular situation at hand, because sin always boils down to concrete particular actions that individuals (and societies made of individuals) commit. So we need to take note of the particulars and not just muse over the Platonic generalization of “Mortal Sin.”

    You put it well when you pointed out that, all things considered, it is safe to conclude that a Christian in good conscience ought to know that the pro-abortion stance is an ultimate “deal-breaker.”

  3. Joseph Long says:

    Interesting… Even though the Bible is very clear that life begins at birth (Genesis 2:7); “And God breathed the breathe of life into his nostrils, and he became a man.” It cold be more clear to me. And, the claptrap about “Thou shalt not kill.” What did the Israelites do the minute they entered Canaan??? Slaughtered everyone who would not accept their Commandments. The bogus part if the word “kill.” In Chaldean (the language of the original), the word means “murder,” not kill. So, it is NOT murder since there is no human life being taken.

    1. To me, it is clear and unambiguous.
    2. The second Amendment to our Constitution guarantees me the right to practice my religion. So, lay off my legal right to get an abortion./ Don’t like it??? Then don’t have one!!!

  4. It amazes me how a Christian can strongly be against abortion but will vote for candidates who support abortion. It’s simple, political ideology for some has surpassed morality and Gods words. Making people believe abortion is nothing more than a “Choice” is one of the greatest con jobs in history. Good post.

  5. Unfortunately, i see many sins, serious sins on the backs of both parties, not just the Democratic party as it relates to abortion. I see genocide of the very planet itself and an incessant desire to engage in war via the Republican party. What of those sins? We’ll never know how many millions have perished due to this Republican blood lust and greed for money. I see the right making an idol out of the dollar and the oil it can glean from other countries. I’m afraid that the attempt at comparing the sin on both sides of the aisle isn’t going to amount to the right being the party a Christian should vote for, as opposed to the left. Both parties are sinful and do not represent our Lord. We must each vote according to how God wills us to vote; He will make Himself clear, imo, but there is not an appropriate, assumed stance that we should take as Christians. Our vote is indeed a very personal matter and it should be respected as such, in my opinion.

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