The pro-life platform is often obscured in American politics by candidates who represent the issue with ambivalence, only to abandon an affirmative stance after being elected.
For primary-issue voters in America, a more focused approach may be needed. Federalist publisher Benjamin Domenech proposes a new single-issue party: the Party of Life.
Ben shares his view of the problem with the current system.
“The existing approach of having an agenda and advocating for it within your own party has been a failure. The fact that this has become a mono-partisan affair means that Republican politicians really can afford to give lip service to this idea without actually standing up and taking principled stands for this agenda.”
Abortion isn’t just a one-sided issue. Ben sees failures on both sides to end the immoral practice.
“I think we saw that most vividly in this past year, when the evidence was clear that Planned Parenthood had engaged in violations of the law – that they had done things that were shameful and illegal and morally reprehensible – that the Republican Party was unwilling to stand up and defund them.
“From my perspective that was something that…reflected how much this had become an issue that was just a talking point, not something that was actually going to ever change under the administration of this party or any other.”
An issue that transcends every political platform, abortion demands more than mere talk to see effective change. But talk may be all that pro-life advocates ever get when they get lost in the shuffle of competing political issues.
A Party of Life would change that, by offering a real choice to those who might not vote Republican but care very deeply about the issue of abortion.
The need for a clarion voice for life amidst the deafening crowd is at a crucial moment in history.
“Frankly, if you believe, as I do, that the most important moral issue of our time is abortion – it could be that we are at a more extreme pivotal point on this issue where we have the opportunity to make the case and to make it forcefully and with eloquence of purpose…and to do so over the course of the coming years in a way that elevates this issue and makes it more important, and forces the other candidates to respond to it.”
The time for action may be upon us. Would a Party of Life get your vote?
Benjamin Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist, host of The Federalist Radio Hour, and was previously editor in chief of The City, an academic journal on faith and culture; and a speechwriter for HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas.Does America need a Party of Life?
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