Why, why, why do some Christians vote pro choice?


On the threshold of another presidential election, many believers have wondered: How can a Christian vote for a pro-abortion candidate?

You don’t have to be a Christian to realize that abortion is murder. You don’t have to be a biologist or an ethicist to see the hypocrisy in laws that punish criminals for killing a baby in the womb while assaulting a mom on the streets but at the same time allowing mothers to abort.

Christians have tended to support the pro-life movement in huge numbers. For many, it’s a decisive factor for marking their ballot.

After all, the Bible says, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you,” and “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb,” verses which establish the fact that a separate human life starts in the womb at conception, not at birth.

To be sure, there are many sins that politicians and political parties commit, sweep under the carpet, cover up, and even promote. But by any measure, the sin of abortion outclasses them all. Drunkenness is a personal decision, but if you drive drunk and kill someone, you should be punished. Drinking should not be outlawed, abortion should.

So how do God lovers vote with a clear conscious for a party platform that promises to amplify, protect and fund access to abortion? A review of websites and articles online reveals the following reasons:

Other issues supersede abortion. These are Christians who feel other issues outweigh the importance of abortion. Billy Graham’s granddaughter, Jerushah Duford, accuses Trump of misogyny and poor treatment of refugees. She has signed on to the “Pro-life Evangelicals for Biden” effort.

Others overlook their qualms about abortion access law because they worry about losing the Affordable Health Care Act, and so on.

The no effect reasoning. These Christians argue that voting for the pro-life candidate has NOT made a discernible impact in the number of abortions. So what’s the point? They think the fight against abortion should be carried out at the local level, trying to persuade individual mothers to choose adoption. Never mind that Democrats right now are voicing full-blown panic that the current Supreme Court nominee might be the tilting vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The Bible spin. A number of websites actually perform exegesis on scriptures to attempt to show that life starts at birth — or at least cast doubt on the traditional understanding. But it is impossible to determine if these articles are written by actual Christians or pro-choice advocates.

The compassion reasoning. There are Christians who feel sorry for unwed mothers and believe bringing the child to term will foreclose future options. Or they feel sorry for a baby born in poverty or abusive circumstances.

The separation of church and state. The Founding Fathers didn’t want Europe’s bloody religious wars, so they established a wall of separation between church and state. Liberals have extended the concept to get prayer out of school and politics out of the church. Christians sometimes excuse their vote for abortion by saying it’s not right for them to impose their morality on others.

The guilty conscience reason. It turns out that Christians get abortions, sometimes to hide their shame. Of course, there is forgiveness, but it’s hard to be militant in opposing abortion with a guilty conscience. But how can a follower of Jesus turn a blind eye to the slaughter of over 60 million babies since 1973 in the U.S.?

America is roughly divided 50-50 on abortion. Polls are notoriously unreliable because the language of questions can slant responses. According to NPR, 40% of voters see abortion as “very important.” Read the rest: Why do some Christians vote pro choice?

5 responses to “Why, why, why do some Christians vote pro choice?

  1. Because many people don’t vote on one agenda. For example they may find that the “pro life” candidate may be against social programs that keep CHIlDREN alive, Medicaid, food stamps , or perhaps they toss young children into cages separated from their parents. Many pro life voters think it’s fine that once that fetus is born the government they’ve elected want no further responsibility for the well being of the child.

    • Thank you for your comment. It is very helpful. I’m afraid that I’m tempted to point out a few things but I mean to do so respectfully. 1) Many of us believe society’s welfare is the church’s responsibility, not the government’s. Government is inherently inefficient and corrupt (look at how much the Clintons siphoned off the top of the aid for Haiti). 2. A lot of the social welfare programs of the government have created dependents and divided families (since married mothers lose their welfare). 3. Re: cages. Obama built them and used them. Somehow then Trump gets all the bad press. As a former missionary who lived in Guatemala for 16 years, I will venture to say that the kids in cages are better off than in Guatemala. I knew many kids sleeping all in one bed with all sorts of incest going on. I knew lots of kids who were forced to be in gangs (or they would be killed). For them it is better to go to the United States and be safer. The cages make for bad press, which is what the media wants. If they were truly interested in the welfare of these kids, they would have been interested in the cages from the time of Obama.
      I hope this is helpful dialogue.

      • I can’t believe what I am reading. Will you folks never stop with Hilary, Hilary is not
        the president nor never was yet Trump and his followers can’t get past her. You talk about her wrong doings, I don’t doubt those for a minute. Still under a settlement, president Trump admitted he had used his charity to bolster his campaign and settle business debts. Why don’t you also Talk about that. It is correct that the Obama administration expanded the number of border facilities with chain-linked enclosures in 2014, but the journey from their construction to their use to contend with a surge of Central American children crossing the border to Mr. Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to the separation of thousands of families was done under the Trump administration and is a crime against humanity. Now he says they are being “treated wonderfully, they have it so good”….what can one say when they can’t locate these children’s parent’s when it’s been proven they did not arrive via cartel but with family. You dialogue is not helpful it only saddens me that you would promote such harsh and hateful lies. Don’t reply. I won’t be back to your blog.
        The man has no morals, no empathy,

  2. It’s because they are emotionally led, not biblically led.

  3. Some Christians would rather that the government first carry out their God-mandate to protect the poor, the widows, the orphans, and the aliens/migrants/asylum seekers/refugees over policing individual freewill. Each individual who commits murder will, no doubt account to God.

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