Catholic bishops urged voters to make protections for unborn babies a “preeminent priority” at the voting booth this fall.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a series of short videos to supplement its voting guide, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility,” Crux reports. Each of the five videos is about 2 minutes, and one specifically focuses on the sanctity of human life.
“Political engagement and participation are important ways that together, we can work to protect the unborn, welcome immigrants, bring justice to victims of racism and religious intolerance, support families, accompany those experiencing poverty, and advocate on behalf of all who are vulnerable,” said Archbishop Jose Gomez, president of the bishops conference.
The bishops said ending abortion should be a top priority for Catholic voters.
“The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family and because of the number of lives destroyed,” the bishops said in the voting guide. “At the same time, we cannot dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty and the death penalty.”
The sanctity of life video urges Catholics to vote and act with compassion and love toward the most vulnerable, including unborn babies, people with disabilities and the elderly, all of whom are at risk of abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia.
“Human life is sacred,” the video says. “We can all play a role in protecting human life and dignity by voting, by serving and by advocating in our communities, all year, every year.”
The videos are available on the bishops’ YouTube channel in four languages: English, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
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Gomez said the bishops conference is not aligned with any political party. But it is clear where the two top political parties stand on the issue.
Nearly 1 million unborn babies are aborted every year in America, and Democrat political leaders are pushing for more. All of the top Democratic presidential candidates support abortions without restriction through all nine months of pregnancy and want to force taxpayers to pay for them. The party platform boasts a radical pro-abortion agenda as well. In 2012, Democrat leaders removed the word “rare” from their abortion platform, and, in 2016, added language calling for taxpayer-funded abortions.
This radical pro-abortion stance is alienating voters, and pro-life leaders who are Democrats have been vocal about their disgust with the party’s allegiance to the billion-dollar abortion industry, rather than its own members.
Meanwhile, the Republican Party supports the right to life for unborn babies as “fundamental,” and calls for a human life amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It also opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide. Recently, more than 200 Republican lawmakers urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies once again.
The Catholic Church teaches that every human life is valuable because it is created in the image of God, and abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia and other life-destroying practices are evil.