Some people might say this means I don’t care about life or about the vulnerable, but quite the opposite is true. I believe that abortion is not the only life issue on the ballot; and, indeed, it may already be moot. With the nomination and all-but-assured confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the Trump administration will have done everything in its power to overturn Roe v. Wade. To put it a different way, voting for President Trump won’t do anything more to bring an end to abortion.

Furthermore, it’s not a sin, as some believe, to vote for a Democrat for president. A Catholic can vote for a pro-choice candidate as long as the candidate’s pro-choice position isn’t the reason for the vote. In fact, the Church’s voting guide, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, disapproves of using a candidate’s position on an issue such as abortion “to justify indifference or inattentiveness to other important moral issues involving human life and dignity.”

It is for those other issues especially that I am voting for Joe Biden. To be pro-life doesn’t only mean being anti-abortion. It also means caring for the poor and vulnerable, protecting the environment, welcoming immigrants, fighting racial injustice, and promoting world peace and freedom. According to the Catholic Church in Forming Consciences, these are “not optional concerns.” President Trump’s actions in these areas are immoral by any standard.

Yes, I’m Catholic, and I’m voting for Joe Biden. So Americans can be brought together by our common values, not divided and encouraged to hate. So America will develop an immigration policy that has limits but also shows compassion for those who need asylum. So America will remember its values and resume its role as a responsible world leader.

People have a lot of “faith” that overturning Roe will end abortion. I’m not quite so sure. Prohibition taught us that when people perceive a need, they find a way to fill it. To end abortion, I think hearts and minds will have to be changed — through persuasion, not coercion. But before anything meaningful can happen, all families will need affordable access to nutrition, health care and child care, so that one more medical bill — or one more mouth to feed — won’t seem like a catastrophe. That’s why I’m voting for Biden.

(19) comments

mikec

Good, thoughtful letter. While I'm pro-life too, I'm not voting for Trump. And while I am pro-life personally, I do respect a woman's choice and realize that the issue isn't as black and white as some would like to think. Also, I'm amazed at those who make pro-life such an important issue, but were cheerleaders during our invasion of Iraq, which was based on lies.

DickD

Margaret, I too am Catholic.  Does that really make a difference?  Are we pushing our faith beliefs onto everyone else?  The choice should always be up to the individual, they are the ones that commit any sin, there is absolutely no sin voting for a politician for what they may or may not do. 

There is no commandment to vote, based on that.  The whole idea is wrong.  And it is a fallacious issue because it ignores all the young girls that will still have an abortion - no matter what the law says and the conditions or where they have to go to get one done can be terrible. 

It is like some other ideas the Catholic religion has; such as women cannot be priests.  Why not?  Are their souls and beliefs less worthy than a man's.  And then look at all the priests that are gay, why don't they allow priests to marry?  They did in the early history of the Church, but the Church was losing money, so they invoked the rule.  

The Ten Commandments are not Christian, they are a set of major guidelines from the Jewish.  They are excellent rules to live by, but voting to  restrict others is not included.  Voting for someone that harms young immigrant children has to be every bit as bad as abortion - that is Trump and his Republican supporters.  Voting for someone that owes money to a foreign power and refuses to help the poor is not a Christian belief.  There are many reasons to NOT vote for Trump and a equal or greater number to vote for Biden.

DickD

Margaret, I too am Catholic.  Does that really make a difference?  Are we pushing our faith beliefs onto everyone else?  The choice should always be up to the individual, they are the ones that commit any sin, there is absolutely no sin voting for a politician for what they may or may not do. 

There is no commandment to vote, based on that.  The whole idea is wrong.  And it is a fallacious issue because it ignores all the young girls that will still have an abortion - no matter what the law says and the conditions or where they have to go to get one done can be terrible. 

It is like some other ideas the Catholic religion has; such as women cannot be priests.  Why not?  Are their souls and beliefs less worthy than a man's.  And then look at all the priests that are gay, why don't they allow priests to marry?  They did in the early history of the Church, but the Church was losing money, so they invoked the rule.  

The Ten Commandments are not Christian, they are a set of major guidelines from the Jewish.  They are excellent rules to live by, but voting to  restrict others is not included.  Voting for someone that harms young immigrant children has to be every bit as bad as abortion - that is Trump and his Republican supporters.  Voting for someone that owes money to a foreign power and refuses to help the poor is not a Christian belief.  There are many reasons to NOT vote for Trump and a equal or greater number to vote for Biden.

public-redux

Presbyterians are celebrating!! Trump says he isn’t one of them any more.

DickD

Trump has no beliefs, other than how great he is and he is wrong on that!

Blueline

John Gotti was a Catholic too.

Greg F

Whataboutism...so we’re a lot of the priests who fondles children and worse. Trump pretends to be Christian to sway those that think he is sincere, then flash bangs and gasses people for a photo op I’m front of a church he’s never been in. Some Christian that is.

olefool

So was Pope John XII (955–964), who gave land to a mistress, murdered several people, and was killed by a man who caught him in bed with his wife.

Dwasserba

So was Henry VIII. Catholics know, Catholics gone bad go big or go home.

threecents

No truly religious person would vote for Trump.

public-redux

I vehemently disagree.

threecents

Fair enough, as I am too lazy to say what I mean by "truly religious".

public-redux

You would be wise to avoid the No True Scotsman swamp.

DickD

How about being humble and helping others? How about keeping holy the sabbath.

How about Mark 12:17; "Then Jesus said to them, "Give back to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." And they were amazed at him"

threecents

I'll go with what Dick said.

public-redux

Well, Dick said several things, some of which are unrelated to religion and some of which don’t apply to all religions. For example, not all religions have a “sabbath” day. Does that mean no one in those religions can be truly religious? Why must someone be humble in order to be religious? And how about religions that don’t have gods?

Greg F

Depends which version of the Bible...and what sections are ignored out convenience. One that follows all passages and knows all versions would think trump resembles the beast described therein. Eventually Jesus will go the way of Zues, Rah, Mephistopheles and Odin...to the dustbin of history. Those were all once just as real to people back then.

msmith6276

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DickD

I agree!

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