How to vote pro-life
When citizens decide which political candidates to vote for and support, they should make sure to prioritize issues properly.
Abortion is not like other political matters. The abortion issue is about whether a whole class of innocent human beings (those who are in the embryonic and fetal stages of life) deserve basic respect and the protection of the law—or whether they may be excluded from protection and killed on an industrial scale. Abortion is the leading cause of human death in our state and our country. The moral gravity and sheer scope of this injustice make it a uniquely important problem in American society today.
And the candidates we elect to public office shape laws and public policies in ways that affect the practice of abortion (and other right-to-life issues). Elected officials work to either increase protection for unborn children or decrease it. They enact measures that reduce or escalate the incidence of abortion. They try to legalize assisted suicide (as some in Minnesota have recently), or they defeat such efforts. Lives are on the line.
Both in Minnesota and nationwide, pro-life laws (such as Woman's Right to Know in Minnesota and the Hyde Amendment at the federal level) have led to fewer abortions. Lives have been saved because of pro-life legislation. But this success was only possible because pro-life candidates had been elected to public office. And only with the election of pro-life candidates in the future can we advance more lifesaving measures and defeat legislation that threatens life.
Make a difference, not a statement
Sometimes voters don’t like either of the major-party candidates and are inclined to “make a statement” by voting for a third-party candidate, writing in a name, or not voting at all. This is a mistake. By voting for someone who has no chance of winning, we are allowing others to determine who will represent us. There may be no perfect candidates, but some are much better than others, and we should use our vote to make a real difference on behalf of vulnerable human life.
During election seasons, the MCCL Voter’s Guide and information about MCCL PAC-endorsed candidates will be made available on this website and elsewhere. Be sure to check back during the 2018 election campaign!
"Some people use their vote to make a statement. As an election judge, I see this all too frequently. Whenever someone writes in a candidate, we judges have to separate those ballots from the others so they can be counted by hand. We see your write-in votes. Donald Duck is common. Sure, it is a protest vote, but no one beyond us will ever see it. Your vote is too important to be wasted. The only statement we see is a voter who cares so little for his country that he or she makes a joke of their vote rather than making a difference. That allows others to choose who will represent you."