Thursday, 23 September 2021

The 2016 Election: A Lesson

This week, the presumptive nominees of both parties apparently locked down their prospective nominations. For those who believe in life, the apparent choice in November is nothing short of a conundrum.

The Democratic Party, barring a wild turn of events or an indictment in an email scandal, gives us Hillary Clinton, an unabashed supporter and cheerleader for the abortion industry.

The Republicans (again we give the caveat, “barring a wild turn of events”) appear ready to nominate one Donald Trump, who was once strongly “pro-choice” (his own words) as he defended partial birth abortion but now claims to be pro-life. Yet, he trumpets Planned Parenthood, telling us the abortion Goliath “does wonderful things.”

Another issue with pro-life voters is, “What will happen to the Supreme Court?” Mrs. Clinton is clear; she will move the nation’s highest court swiftly to the left. A Clinton victory could possibly kill any chance to revisit Roe for a generation.

With Trump, his first comments on the subject last year were to tell us his sister, a left-wing judge who upheld partial-birth abortion, would make a “great” justice for the Court. Conservatives rightly questioned whether Trump’s apparent shift to the pro-life camp was genuine.

Today, Trump is tossing out names of more conservative, constitutionalist judges. But in the case of Trump, today’s declaration can change within days, or hours.

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As November approaches, names of potential independent candidates keep popping up, and this year may be the one year when an indie has a true chance to at least take the election to the U.S. House of Representatives. But so far, no candidate is emerging. Libertarian Gary Johnson is in double digits according to some polls, but pro-life voters need to know Johnson is strongly in the abortion camp.

So here we are: Trump? Clinton? Indie? Libertarian?

The good news, I figure, is that I don’t have to vote for several months. While I have one candidate I absolutely will not vote for under any circumstances, the others—and perhaps one not in the race today—can attempt to earn my vote.

But there is a lesson to be learned; one we need to be reminded of again and again.

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I’ve written this often; the ultimate answer to ending abortion as we know it is not in Washington or any other national (or state) capitol building. While we should take advantage of our opportunities to participate in public debate, in the political realm and perhaps even offer ourselves for service in the legislative arena, we must always remember that ending abortion is about shifting a culture.

Those of us in the Pregnancy Help Community must consistently make this case before our friends and supporters: We are the home of cultural change. 

Pregnancy Help Centers and Medical Clinics are where we reach those facing life decisions and nurture faith and families. Maternity Homes are where we strengthen those who choose life with long-term support. Adoption Agencies are where two-parent families are built through courageous birth mothers.

Those we serve in each of these realms tell their stories to friends, and a culture of life is reborn.

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During an election season where the pro-life community may very well be discouraged and wondering if it is forgotten, our message should be, “Invest in us and together we will change our world.”

Over the next four years, our vision needs to grow, our initiatives must pour forth and our influence must be greater than ever. Our society is looking for answers. We have those answers. 

We live in a time when our nation—and most nations around the world—are confused regarding social mores, gender and relational boundaries and in a fundamental sense, regarding life itself.

Now is the time for leaders to step forward—regardless of title and position—and make themselves known. Because it is now when people are begging for guidance and direction.

Leaders are often individuals; but leaders can also be organizations and ministries who declare, “Here is the path, walk with us and we will show the way to turning our culture back to safety, using the boundaries of wisdom that only comes from above.”

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Life-affirming ministries and organizations know the path and are lighting the way. Now is our time to shine like never before. That’s the lesson for all of us in this 2016 election season.

Kirk Walden is a senior writer with Pregnancy Help News, an Advancement Specialist with Heartbeat International and author of The Wall. For banquet speaking engagements, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Ambassador Speakers Bureau.


Kirk Walden

Kirk Walden is a senior writer with Pregnancy Help News, an Advancement Specialist with Heartbeat International and author of The Wall. For banquet speaking engagements, contact Gloria Leyda at Ambassador Speakers Bureau. His new Faith Revolution Podcast is online at

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