The Pro-Life Pledge

I pledge never to vote for, support, or endorse any candidate for public office who embraces a pro-abortion (pro-choice) public policy position.

The Pro-Life Pledge may contradict the views of those who would opt for “incremental gains” in the pro-life political struggle. As of 2013, there have been 40 years of incremental gains offset by incremental losses - the strategy doesn’t work. The state of our nation is prophesied in Rev:9:21 “Neither did they repent of their murders or their sorcery, their fornication or their stealing.”

Taking the Pro-Life Pledge is a bold act of faith. We must have faith in the long term outcome, which is in God’s hands, even if the short term result of our vote (or non vote) seems small or futile. The Pledge says that compromise is unacceptable when it involves human life. For example, when you take the Pledge you promise not to vote for those who say they are pro-life but insist upon an exception in the case of rape, incest or life of the mother. Such candidates have, in effect, publicly declared that abortion is not murder in those cases. They have capitulated to the pro-abortion opposition, thereby encouraging the opposition to create their own variety of exceptions. Also, when you take the Pledge you reject voting for the “lesser of two evils” when a third better option is available.  Choosing the "lesser of two evils" is acceptable moral theology in a general sense. For example, we may choose the lesser evil of driving well in excess of the speed limit to a hospital rather then allowing an injured passenger in our vehicle to bleed to death. However, choosing the lesser of two evils in voting for a politician with a mediocre pro-life policy position can be a devastating compromise because it teaches the nation that there are varieties of “pro-life” that are acceptable and that abortion is negotiable.

The Pro-Life Pledge leads us to vote for life in God’s uncompromising way. Jesus said; “He who is not with me is against me.” The term “pro-choice” is a euphemistic lie. The baby has no choice. Babies need us to defend them. Every Christian has an obligation to participate in their defense. The only true and effective defense is the rule of law - a law that would prohibit all abortions. We must vote only for people committed to passing such a law. Yes, this is single-issue voting. Abortion is the pre-eminent moral-political issue of our time! We urge you to take the Pro-Life Pledge!

Note: In cases where a candidate maintains a vaguely expressed exception for rape, incest or life of the mother, great discernment is required and the final decision on whether to offer support cannot easily be generalized. A truly pro-life position has no such exceptions. However, in comparing such a candidate to alternatives that may be worse, consideration must be given to whether the candidate will promote a fully pro-life position but tolerate a negotiated compromise or whether the candidate avidly promotes and is committed to the exceptions from the outset. It is our opinion that the former situation is quite often acceptable, perhaps grudgingly, depending on the degree of the candidate's commitment to life, because it represents good, possibly mixed with evil, but the latter situation is not acceptable for reasons stated above.