The Serious Voter
The Serious Voter has a moral obligation to promote the common good through the exercise of their voting privilege. The right to life is the first and foremost value which must take priority over all others. The sanctity of life must be the highest value and not just another value of equal importance. Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. There can be no legitimate diversity of opinion with regard to abortion and euthanasia. The truth is that human rights begin when human lives begin.
The Constitution of the United States affirms we have unalienable rights and that they are self-evident. Life is the first of the guaranteed unalienable rights. The constitution is very clear that these rights do NOT come from the Law or the government. They come from our Creator. They are natural, inherent, and unalienable.
Therefore, going against these laws that are part of us by our nature, will be devastating. In some cases we see the effects of ignoring natural law immediately. For example, walking off a cliff you discover the law of gravity in seconds. Other natural laws have the effects separated by time and space and thus we find them much easier to ignore. In the end however, we find the consequences are just as fatal.
As an American we cannot support candidates or legislation that sustains keeping abortion legal. We must eliminate from consideration candidates who endorse policies that cannot be reconciled with the Constitution and natural law. Some choices are always wrong, and no one may vote in favor of them, directly or indirectly.
There are five non-negotiable issues. Candidates who promote any of the five should be disqualified and as a serious voter you should not vote for them. No matter how right they may be on other issues, they should be disqualified if they are wrong on even one of the non-negotiable issues.
These five current issues concern actions that are intrinsically evil and must never be promoted by the law. Intrinsically evil actions are those that fundamentally conflict with the moral law and can never be deliberately performed under any circumstances. It is a serious error to deliberately endorse or promote any of these actions, and no candidate who really wants to advance the common good will support any action contrary to the non-negotiable principles involved in these issues.
Abortion is the intentional and direct killing of an innocent human being, and therefore it is a form of homicide.
The unborn child is always an innocent party, and no law may permit the taking of his life. Even when a child is conceived through rape or incest, the fault is not the child’s, who should not suffer death for others’ sins.
Often disguised by the name “mercy killing,” euthanasia is also a form of homicide. No person has a right to take his own life, and no one has the right to take the life of any innocent person.
In euthanasia, the ill or elderly are killed, by action or omission, out of a misplaced sense of compassion, but true compassion cannot include intentionally doing something intrinsically evil to another person (cf. EV 73).
3. Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Human embryos are human beings. Respect for the dignity of the human being excludes all experimental manipulation or exploitation of the human embryo.
Recent scientific advances show that often medical treatments that researchers hope to develop from experimentation on embryonic stem cells can be developed by using adult stem cells instead. Adult stem cells can be obtained without doing harm to the adults from whom they come. Thus there is no valid medical argument in favor of using embryonic stem cells. And even if there were benefits to be had from such experiments, they would not justify destroying innocent embryonic humans.
4. Human Cloning
“Attempts . . . for obtaining a human being without any connection with sexuality through ‘twin fission,’ cloning, or parthenogenesis are to be considered contrary to the moral law, since they are in opposition to the dignity both of human procreation and of the conjugal union” (RHL I:6).
Human cloning also involves abortion because the “rejected” or “unsuccessful” embryonic clones are destroyed, yet each clone is a human being.
5. Homosexual “Marriage”
True marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Legal recognition of any other union as “marriage” undermines true marriage, and legal recognition of homosexual unions actually does homosexual persons a disfavor by encouraging them to persist in what is an objectively immoral arrangement.