Abortion Legislation Politics

Pro-life voting

I don’t think that I want to comment one way or the other on the question of whether those who regard abortion as a political issue of the greatest importance should vote for Mitt Romney, or more generally for Republicans, this fall (and in any case I definitely don’t want to do so right now). I do, however, want to link a couple of very recent items that respond to the view that pro-lifers can/should vote for Barack Obama, or more generally for Democrats. From the other day, by Rick Garnett: “The abortion debate: lower rates or more-just laws?” (I’m pretty sure that in the past I’ve seen others making the same basic point regarding what “the abortion debate” is really about, and I think it’s correct.) And from this morning, by Michael Fragoso: “Poverty, Abortion, and Budgets: Democrats for Life Need Better Arguments.” (See also Fragoso’s earlier columns on judicial conservatism, linked in the third-from-last paragraph of his column today.)

Kevin Miller

Kevin E. Miller is Assistant Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. His BS (biochemistry and molecular biology), MA (political philosophy), and PhD (theology; dissertation: "Mercy, Justice, and Politics: John Paul II on Capital Punishment") are all from Marquette University. Besides several UFL conference papers over the years, he has contributed chapters to books on sexual morality and Catholic social thought, and published short essays, papers, and book reviews in Linacre Quarterly, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and Communio, among other journals. In fundamental moral theology, he is especially interested in natural-law theory, virtue ethics, and the distinctively Christian contribution to moral thought. In applied moral theology, he works especially in the areas of sexual, social, and medical/health-care morality. With regard to texts/authors, he studies especially Scripture, Aquinas, Henri de Lubac, and John Paul II. His website: