Conservative pro-life columnist Mona Charen just shocked her readers by announcing her support for pro-abortion Democrat Joe Biden.
In a column Thursday at The Bulwark, she responded to readers’ outrage that she would support “the most pro-abortion presidential ticket in American history.”
Essentially, Charen argued that she is disgusted by Trump’s mean remarks and past immoral behavior, and she believes Biden is the better man. She also claimed that presidents do not make a big impact on abortion.
“I have been pro-life my entire adult life. I haven’t changed,” she began. “I continue to find the practice abhorrent, and will persist in trying to persuade others. But I’ve noticed a tendency among pro-life conservatives to forgive absolutely everything else if a politician expresses the right views on abortion.”
Charen argued that some pro-lifers are so intensely focused on abortion at the voting booth that they fail to balance it with other moral issues.
But other things are immoral too. It’s also wrong to swindle people, to degrade and demonize, to incite violence, to bully, and while we’re at it, to steal, to bear false witness, to commit adultery, and to covet. I don’t think Trump has committed murder, and he seems to have honored his parents (though perhaps in the wrong way). But as for the other eight of the 10 commandments, Donald Trump has flagrantly, even proudly violated them all, and encouraged his followers to regard his absence of conscience as strength.
Because of Trump, she claimed other Republican and conservative leaders have become more mean, too.
When it comes to actual abortion numbers, Charen argued that presidents do not make much of a difference, and she pointed to a steady decline in abortion numbers under both Democrat and Republican presidents in the past several decades. She ignores the fact that Barack Obama’s election produced such a huge pro-life backlash that pro-life advocates won control of numerous state legislatures and passed the most pro-life laws in history — leading to historic abortion lows that had nothing to do with any policy Obama enacted.
“While I would prefer to vote for someone who upholds the right to life, I’ve never believed that electing presidents who agree with me will lead to dramatic changes in abortion law, nor is the law itself the only way to discourage abortion,” she wrote.
Charen said she also does not buy the argument that the political left is worse than the right, and the fringe-left views are not Biden’s views.
“… it’s dishonest, and frankly, a bit hysterical to attempt to hang every sin of the left around Joe Biden’s neck. He’s no radical, and the party that nominated him showed that its centrist core was stronger than its extremist wing,” she wrote.
But even life-long Democrats are calling out Biden as a radical because of his newly-adopted abortion-on-demand, funded by the taxpayers position. Some even are leaving the party because they are repulsed by its abortion extremism and Biden’s willingness to bow to it.
Biden and the Democratic Party – not just a few fringe activists — are now openly advocating for the killing of unborn babies in abortions and forcing taxpayers to fund them. To the leaders of the left, the slaughter of unborn babies is no longer a difficult matter that should be “safe, legal and rare.” Now, the killing unborn babies in abortions is, in Biden’s own words, a “essential medical service” and a “woman’s constitutional right to choice under any circumstances.”
This is truly radical, and if Biden succeeds, abortions almost certainly will increase again. The repeal of the Hyde Amendment alone could lead to 60,000 more unborn babies being aborted every year. If he also succeeds in “codifying” Roe v. Wade into federal law, appointing pro-abortion judges and restoring taxpayer funding to the Planned Parenthood abortion chain, even more unborn babies could be mercilessly killed. Then there are Biden’s anti-religious freedom policies that could force nuns, religious charities and hospitals to violate their deeply-held beliefs by participating in the killing of unborn babies.
If Charen, because of her beliefs that every human life is valuable, cannot stand Trump because of how he treats other people, it’s hard to believe how she can vote for Biden whose policies would lead to the destruction of even more innocent babies’ lives.