Politics Won’t Change a Woman’s Mind on Abortion — But You Can

I’m pro-life but I don’t describe myself as a pro-life voter. I don’t think one-issue voting is at all the way to go. Nevertheless, I have seen many conservative pro-lifers argue we must vote for Trump because he is the best chance for getting judges who will rule in favor of life on the Supreme Court. I’ve seen progressive pro-life evangelicals argue in favor of voting for Hillary Clinton because they believe her domestic policies are better suited to help families and children.

I agree there’s a chance Trump might give pro-life laws a better shot. But no one really knows what the heck this guy will do on a whim (he has said his ultra pro-abortion sister would be a “phenomenal” addition to the Supreme Court). Plus, he already shot us in the foot by saying women who have abortions should be punished (re: no one who has worked for the pro-life movement EVER believes that to be true.) The reason he said this is because he’s not really pro-life. In fact, he doesn’t care about the issue one way or the other. It’s not a priority and he is clueless about what it means to believe that all life has inherent value.

As for Hillary — I do not believe liberal policies, in general, are best for families or children, so that argument falls flat for me. She clearly has no respect for life before birth, as she is on record supporting abortion up to 9 months of pregnancy and saying that even a full-term, 8-pound baby has no Constitutional rights if they have yet to exit the womb. She wants zero restrictions and is a pro-abortion extremist.

So we have two terrible candidates for life (and pretty much every other issue.) But I feel perfectly fine in choosing to vote for pro-life Independent candidate Evan McMullin even though he has a very long shot of winning the election. Why? Partially because I can’t cast my vote for someone I know may irrevocably screw up our country (Trump or Hillary) and partially because I know that the pro-life message and movement is NOT dependent on the law or any politician.

Abortion is legal and it may remain so for a very long time. But, as I’ve written before, women will always have the option to choose life. We don’t need the right candidate or the right law for that to be a reality for more women each day. While I respect and applaud those working tirelessly to protect the most innocent and vulnerable among us (something the government is supposed to do), working to change the laws is not what I feel called to do.

That’s why I support organizations like Save the Storks, who work to educate and empower women who need resources, support and information. I support my local Crisis Pregnancy Center and my church, working to provide for the needs of those in our community. I believe in promoting science that shows the sophistication and reality of when life begins— reminding people that our hearts begin beating at barely three weeks after conception.

I support showing post-abortive women love, grace, comfort and support — and helping spread the positive message of adoption, an option all to often left out of the conversation when women are in a crisis pregnancy.

Vote for whoever you want this election. But if you are pro-life, be sure to walk away from the voting booth straight to a pregnancy center, your local church, the Save the Storks website or any other number of wonderful organizations working hard to show expectant mothers love, offer resources, options, support and most of all — the relief to know they don’t have to go through this alone.

Don’t rely on the government to make a difference. Do it yourself.

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