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A Christian should study,  then vote her conscience

To the editor:

I write in response to the letter “A Catholic’s call for a pro-life president” (Weekend Gazette, Sept. 29).

I am also pro-life but do not consider this an obvious or easy choice that should be made on the basis of one issue. My Catholic missal prays “... that the life of every human person, from conception to natural death, might be enshrined and protected in our laws.”

If an unborn child has rights, do they end at birth? Does she or he have the right to affordable health care even if born with a medical need that could be considered a pre-existing condition?

Should his or her family have access to adequate food and shelter to raise this child? Being truly pro-life should color our attitude toward many different issues in addition to abortion.

Some of these include immigration reform, gun laws and laws regarding the death penalty, to name only a few. How many death row inmates have eventually been proven innocent by recent DNA testing and how many more have we put to death before they might have been?

It’s far easier to proclaim what we oppose than it is to decide what we stand for and how we can be part of the change we feel is necessary. As Christians we know how we will be judged. We may well ask ourselves, as the letter writer suggested, “What would Jesus do?” However, let’s not immediately assume that we have the answer.

I would not presume to tell anyone for whom they should vote, but I would tell them how to vote. Study all the issues, pray with an open mind and then vote your conscience.

Irene St. John


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