by Dr. Ronnie Floyd
November 1, 2016
In every election, abortion remains at the center of my decision making. It’s a moral issue and it’s a constitutional one. The Bible and our Constitution undeniably prioritize the value of human life.
Abortion is both a moral and constitutional issue.
While I never endorse candidates, I could never support a candidate who advocates taking the life of a child, and in Hillary Clinton we have a candidate who not only calls for the continuation of abortion, but also defends late-term abortion, the most barbaric form of abortion.
“I want a Supreme Court that will stick with Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose… Now, Donald has put forth the names of some people that he would consider. And among the ones that he has suggested are people who would reverse Roe v. Wade… I think that would be a terrible mistake and would take us backwards,” said Sec. Clinton in the second presidential debate.
In the third debate, just three weeks shy of Election Day, Sec. Clinton was even more forthright about her position on abortion: “I will defend Planned Parenthood. I will defend Roe v. Wade…. We have come too far to have that turn back now.”
When moderator Chris Wallace pressed Sec. Clinton for specific answers on her position on late-term abortion Clinton remained unwavering in her opinion that late-term abortions were permissible. Clinton even famously voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion. It was the Supreme Court which eventually banned this unconscionable procedure in Gonzales vs. Carhart.
Just stop and think about this for a moment: Sec. Hillary Clinton has made it one hundred percent clear she intends on promoting abortion, using taxpayer dollars to do so, and has even been an unwavering supporter of partial-birth abortion. Of the bipartisan Hyde Amendment, which presently bans the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion, Sec. Clinton couldn’t have been clearer, “I think we should do everything we can to repeal the Hyde Amendment.”
For many evangelical Christians this position alone disqualifies her for office. It’s just that simple. Every abortion procedure is designed to end life.
Every abortion is designed to end life. It’s just that simple.
Sec. Clinton has said that seeking to change abortion in America “would be a terrible mistake and would take us backward.” In the final presidential debate, she added, “We have come too far to have that turn back now.”
Yet I’d like to ask: when a doctor can insert a vacuum into a woman’s uterus and aspirate out a fetus or inject a drug that stops a baby’s heart and proceed to tear him or her apart, piece by piece, with forceps, is this not reflective of a society who is heading backward instead of forward?
This is also an especially critical moment for this issue.
Just last week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a California law that would require crisis pregnancy centers to promote abortion. This decision is, as Dr. James Dobson has noted, a flagrant violation of the “constitutionally mandated rights to life and to religious freedom.”
Dr. Dobson went even further, “I have a simple word of advice to those pastors, priests and others who run California’s crisis pregnancy centers. If California attempts to enforce this law then do not comply. Make them put you in jail.”
I join with Dr. Dobson and millions of evangelicals who believe that life matters from the womb to the tomb. As a Christian, it’s my moral responsibility to use whatever influence I have, including my vote as a U.S. citizen, to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, to ensure justice for those being crushed.” (Proverbs 31:8)
It’s my moral responsibility to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves….” (Prov 31:8)
As I have stated before, I do not vote for candidates or even political parties—I vote for policies. In this complicated election, with all its scandals and revelations, the most important issues should determine our decision on November 8.
I believe abortion remains one of those issues that matters most, and I will not give my vote to a candidate who would allow a doctor to kill a nearly born baby.
Now is the Time to Lead.
— Dr. Ronnie Floyd is a former President of the Southern Baptist Convention and is senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas. Furthermore, this article was originally published by Newsmax.