Get Rid of the Tattered Old ‘Seamless Garment’ on Nov 6th

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Okay, so we’re few days away from election day and there’s a big debate about the old “seamless garment” abortion argument going on down in the Texas Senate race. So, once again, it’s time to talk about the “consistent life” cop-out.

For those not familiar with the jargon, at face value, these terms indicate a view that being pro-life extends beyond abortion (which most pro-lifers believe to differing degrees). The cop-out happens when they’re used to justify voting for pro-abortion politicians or policies because there are other, more pressing things to pay attention to than unborn lives.

Case in point this time around: An op-ed over at the Dallas Morning News in which New Wave Feminists foundress Destiny Herdon-De La Rosa says that, despite being a part of the pro-life movement, she voted for Democratic Rep. Robert Francis (“Beto”) O’Rourke over Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

The crux of her argument is that, even though O’Rourke doesn’t vote anywhere close to pro-life (we’ll get to that in a minute), his liberal policies will result in fewer abortions, or help with what the author calls “creating a post-Roe culture while Roe still stands.”

Yes, the crux of argument is that it’s pro-life to vote for a politician who will unquestionably vote with the abortion lobby because of the other policies he supports. Exactly how many iterations of this have we heard before exactly?

To evaluate this argument, let’s just take a quick look at Robert Francis O’Rourke’s voting record on abortion so far.

He’s got a 100% rating from NARAL from this past session of Congress, thanks in no small part to his votes in favor of Planned Parenthood funding and against the 20-week pain-capable and conscience protection bills. And, what do you know? He’s also got a 100% score on Planned Parenthood’s congressional scorecard.

So, basically, what Herdon-De La Rosa is saying is that what O’Rourke’s liberal policies are going to do for the already-born is going to make up for the fact that he promises to be little more than a rubber stamp for the abortion lobby on legislation that actually deals directly with abortion.

Now, if one believes that those in the womb are just as human as those outside of it, applying this kind of logic anywhere is else is, well, just pitifully inadequate.

Let’s assume that pro-life views make one anti-homicide in a society where homicide is not only legal in a lot of cases, but culturally accepted and encouraged as well.

Now, come election time, imagine someone saying that it’s okay to vote for the candidate likely to liberalize homicide laws given the chance, so long as one truly believes that the candidate’s other policies affecting people who aren’t being killed will eventually result in fewer murders at some unspecified time in the future.

In the meantime, said politician would still work to liberalize murder laws, fight against any proposed anti-murder laws, and keep sending tax money to organizations that commit hundreds of thousands of homicides per year. But hey, at least he’s supposedly doing wonderful things for those lucky souls who don’t get killed.

If it sounds absurd, that’s because it is. But it doesn’t stop here.

Furthermore, when one knows that the politician will vote to keep sending hundreds of millions of tax dollars to organizations like Planned Parenthood, which then turn around and peddle the idea that killing the unborn is either just mundane “health care” or something “empowering for women” that ought to be shouted from the rooftops, you’re basically voting to shoot yourself in the foot long-term.

Then there’s the most obvious point to make about all this: The decision to vote for a pro-abortion politician under the guise of a consistent life ethic assumes equivalency between laws directly addressing abortion and those addressing aspects of life that don’t involve killing innocents.

If one’s moral compass can honestly equate the gravity of the legal, systematic mass murder of innocent kids and things like welfare, immigration and defense policies they don’t like, it needs some serious recalibration.

Of course pro-life advocacy shouldn’t end at the moment of birth. Those who believe in the sanctity of human life should work to engender a culture and society where the taking of innocent life is unthinkable; however that doesn’t mean that it makes any logical or moral sense to actively support abortion through politicians or policies while claiming a pro-life mantle.

The views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of CatholicVote.org

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Nate Madden is CRTV’s congressional correspondent. A convert to Catholicism and South Carolina native living in Washington, D.C., Nate is also an alumnus of the Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and a fellowship alumnus of both the John Jay Institute and the Claremont Institute. You can follow him @NateMaddenCRTV.

6 Comments

  1. The “New Pro-life Movement” has a craven, deeply-rooted, perverse, self-deluded and pathological ability to ignore the following…

    The mass slaughter of prenatal children is the most horrific and vile perversion ever conjured into existence by our species.

    The number of lives lost to abortion has eclipsed every other unnatural cause of death in recorded history combined.

    All five million unborn babies alive in America today can be killed tomorrow, legally and unstoppably, on the whim of their mothers.

  2. Thank you for this excellent article.

    Just because I can call myself the President does NOT mean that I am the President. Sadly, some people lie and they lie BIG, so that stupid, gullible people will believe them and do as they say. Pathetically, they are tools of the devil.

    Sometimes their words are used as excuses for some people to vote for the pro-abortion candidate, but God is not mocked. He sees right through their lame excuses and rationalizations. He sees those persons pretending to be religious while receiving a huge amount of money from Obama and Soros and giving scads of money to Planned Parenthood and pushing for the ol’ “seamless garment” garbage, (in the sense that they mean to use it), for votes for pro-abortion candidates to get more money for themselves.

    I’ve been a pro-life sidewalk counselor for over 15 years and I’ve heard a lot of lies over those years. Satan, the father of lies, is a liar and murderer and it just goes with his territory of abortion, aka baby killing. The only time we knew for sure that people going to the abortion mill were not lying was when they came right out and said they were going for an abortion.

    Thank you for this article which helps take away people’s excuses for voting for the pro-abortion candidate. One day, each person will be held accountable for their words and deeds, including their voting or not voting, and they will not be able to hide behind any lame excuses in front of God. Hopefully, in this election, they will not close their eyes or ears to God, but will do His Will. May God bless America and all of the voters to do God’s true will.

  3. I’m glad you used the lens or perspective of “wearing the shoes” of the unborn.

    As a pro-life sidewalk counselor, we have so few people helping to save babies’ lives, that I see the great need of getting, (able-bodied, emotionally/mentally stable), people to pray and defend life in a prayerful, peaceful presence out in front of the abortion mill. Over the years, we’ve had people come over to tell us that our prayerful presence in front of the abortion mill helped them change their minds and choose life for their babies, even without anyone saying a word to them.

    Many people tell me that they are not comfortable praying out in front of the abortion mill, but I wonder if they imagine how uncomfortable the babies in the womb are…
    If they imagined themselves so vulnerable and innocent and voiceless in the womb, as they are about to be brutally, savagely killed, they would want every single able bodied person to do their level best to make sure that they were safe.

    It is truly LIFE or DEATH for the babies in the womb, so I will keep begging people to vote for LIFE, for pro-life candidates… and come out to pray to help SAVE LIVES.

    Thank you for your most thoughtful and insightful article.

    Matthew 25: 40 “And the king answering shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.”
    44 “Then they also shall answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not minister to thee?” 45 “Then he shall answer them, saying: Amen: I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to me.”

    VOTE for LIFE.

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