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Voters should consider abortion issue in choosing candidates Print
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

As the election approaches, we must ask which party, policies, and candidate is most in line with our Catholic Church?

There are so many issues to consider . . . immigration, racial injustice, war, education, the economy, and healthcare.

However, there is one issue that is deemed an intrinsic evil by the Catholic Church: the killing of unborn innocent babies. We must never commit, promote, or enable the killing of babies, regardless of their age.

We can never look at other good things that a candidate or party supports to cancel this intrinsic evil. Capital punishment, war, and racial injustice may take innocent lives, but abortion always takes the life of an innocent creature created by God and in far greater numbers.

There is no single issue that threatens innocent human life more directly and consistently than the deliberate killing of baby boys and girls in their mother’s womb.

Pope Francis agrees, “Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us.
“Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this.”

We must all recognize that there is one candidate and one party that promotes abortion through all nine months until birth and even intends to expand its availability both at home and abroad. There is one candidate and party that feels all people should pay for other people’s abortion with their tax dollars.

This presidential candidate will continue the current taxpayer funding of international abortion, including China’s forced abortion policy. This same candidate has made it clear that she will not appoint anyone to the Supreme Court who does not support abortion on demand.

If we are not aware of this, then we should not vote. Ignorance in this area causes the death of millions of babies and jeopardizes the soul of the Catholic voter.

If we do understand this and we choose this candidate and this party with our vote, then we are enabling their policies and the killing of baby boys and girls. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2270-2275, especially 2272), our soul will be in grave danger.

We voters have a huge responsibility on November 8. We thank our Catholic Church and her courageous disciples ( for giving us the true tools for making these life-altering decisions.

Nick and Kay Ringelstetter, Prairie du Sac