James Dobson: We Need to Elect Pro-Life President, Abortion’s at Stake
by Steven Ertelt
October 22, 2008
Colorado Springs, CO (LifeNews.com) — Dr. James Dobson, the founder and president of Focus on the Family, released a lengthy letter on Tuesday saying the stakes of the election are high because the next president could decide the fate of abortion for decades. He said it is imperative that a pro-life president is in the White House.
"Considering the stark differences between the two presidential candidates and the critical issues that are hanging in the balance, it’s not difficult to understand why Campaign 2008 has been such a spirited affair," Dobson wrote.
Dobson told Christian voters that there is an enormous "need to elect a pro-family, pro-life President" because "the importance of this objective cannot be overstated."
"Between 2009 and 2012, there will likely be two or more opportunities for the President to nominate new justices to the Supreme Court," Dobson explained. "Some court watchers say there could be as many as four resignations. That alone should give us serious pause as we consider for whom to cast our votes."
"In the months ahead, the Supreme Court will likely hand down rulings that will impact America for generations to come," he said.
As a result, the nation needs a president "who will nominate conservative, strict-constructionist judges to the Court" — something Senator John McCain has said he would do.
"If that doesn’t happen, the highest court in the land could become stacked–even more than it already is–with justices who will endeavor to legislate from the bench and impose a liberal agenda on the nation," Dobson explained. "It will likely affect the protection (or lack thereof) of life in the womb."
Dobson then noted the stark contrasts between the pro-abortion position of Barack Obama, who favors all legal abortions throughout pregnancy, and John McCain, who opposes abortion.
Dobson said it is clear which candidate is better for the pro-life movement and reiterated his support for McCain.
"It’s probably obvious which of the two major party candidates’ views are most palatable to those of us who embrace a pro-life, pro-family worldview. While I will not endorse either candidate this year, I can say that I am now supportive of Senator John McCain and his bid for the presidency," he wrote.
Dobson says his support for McCain has nothing to do with partisanship and everything to do with stopping the 50 million abortions that have occurred since the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.
"My concern is for the biblical and moral values that I and millions of Americans hold dear. I will gladly support politicians of any stripe who are willing to defend the sanctity of human life," he says.
Dobson has come under fire from some for changing his mind from initially not supporting McCain to backing the Arizona senator. He said he "doesn’t apologize" for changing his mind after evaluating how the next president could seal the fate of millions of unborn children for decades to come.
The pro-family leader said Obama’s comments at the Saddleback forum, McCain’s selection of a pro-life running mate, and the focus on Obama’s support for overturning every pro-life law in the nation made it clear he had to support McCain.
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