- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 2, 2008


To paraphrase a line from President Clinton’s talented campaign strategist James Carville, yes, it’s about abortion - both the practice itself and what it symbolizes for America. What good is a prosperous economy, stable markets and easy credit if we lose our soul in the bargain?

Yet that is the prospect we face.

Abortion and its sickly pilot fish, euthanasia and embryonic stem-cell research, swim about our country biting at the fabric of our families, our morality, our very American spirit. That same spirit is captured by the lady who stands tall on Ellis Island, the woman of courage who shouts to the world that we give shelter to the oppressed, food to the hungry, and light to those striving for happiness - the same woman who promises the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all. Her fidelity is broken by abortion. Her purity is stained by euthanasia.

Our choice in this election is between one who favors abortion without restriction and who says that the question of when human life begins is “above his pay grade,” and one who offered up his body, skin, blood, tendons, muscles and psyche for America and who has never wavered in his position that human life begins at conception and is worthy of the protection of our Constitution.

There is no position on which to debate that the zygote is not a human person. The old argument that the unborn human being is a lump of tissue is so completely discredited through genetic research, fetal imagery and fetal surgery that the rationale for abortion can only be this: The mother’s right to a life free from the burden of pregnancy unconditionally trumps the unborn’s life. This is the principle behind the Freedom of Choice Act, the one that Sen. Barack Obama would sign into law as his first act as president.

Neither man can really fix the economy. Neither man can really help all those who are hurting from the strained economy. What a president can do is give us back our faith in ourselves, remind us who we are, and remind us that Americans are truly at our finest when we give our sweat, energy and creativity to help those around us, and especially those without a voice.


Chevy Chase

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