Choosing evil

Helaman 5:For as their laws and their governments were established by the avoice of the people, and they who bchose evil were cmore numerous than they who chose good, therefore they were dripening for destruction, for the laws had become corrupted.

Yea, and this was not all; they were a astiffnecked people, insomuch that they could not be governed by the law nor justice, save it were to their destruction.

It’s pretty clear that one of the biggest dynamics of the 2022 midterm election was that voters see killing babies as one of their most important priorities. Moloch is pleased.

From Lifesite.

Americans voted Tuesday on abortion-related ballot initiatives in California, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, and Vermont, and as of 5:30AM CST Wednesday morning, abortion allies have maintained the lead in all five vote totals.

A proposed amendment to the Vermont Constitution expressly guaranteeing “an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy,” including abortion, was the first to be decided, with 77.4% voting in favor, making Vermont the first state to formally enshrine abortion “rights” in its constitution.

As of the time of this writing, a California initiative to add a “fundamental right to choose to have an abortion” to its state constitution had 65% of the vote in its favor with 41 percent of the votes counted. The amendment’s success was a foregone conclusion given California’s status as the most liberal state in the Union.

Michigan’s so-called Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative seeks to establish a state constitutional “right to make and effectuate decisions about all matters relating to pregnancy, including but not limited to prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion care, miscarriage management, and infertility care.” As this update is being published, 55.6% of Michiganders voted to approve it. The Associated Press called this vote with 84% of the vote counted.

While the above results are disappointing to pro-lifers, two all come from more left-wing states while the third in Michigan comes in a battleground state that saw Democrats win statewide by significant margins. Heavy Democratic turnout likely helped propel the abortion measure in Michigan. The remaining two referendums, however, may be cause for greater concern.

Kentucky’s proposed amendment clarifying that its constitution does not “secure or protect a right to abortion, or require the funding of abortion,” meant to stop abortion allies from blocking pro-life laws in court, is currently behind with 52.6% voting against it.

Lastly, Montana posed to voters not a constitutional amendment but a proposed state law to recognize the personhood of preborn babies who survive abortions and guarantee they be cared for. At the time of this writing, 52.6% of voters oppose it.

These percentages are potentially subject to change once the remainder of the states’ votes are counted. But if they hold, they suggest a serious challenge for pro-life reformers moving forward.

By restoring states’ ability to fully decide abortion policy, the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade in June unleashed a new status quo and rampant speculation about how voters will react to it. Tuesday’s defeats follow a proposed amendment to clarify that the Kansas Constitution does not protect abortion failing at the ballot in August. At the time, pro-lifers attributed the loss in large part to pervasive misinformation about pro-life laws’ impact of women facing medical emergencies.

I have an anecdote on this issue. An elderly lifelong Republican close family member in Colorado, who only watches local TV news, specifically voted against a Republican pro-life candidate in a congressional race because he was convinced by the local news that if this person gets elected all abortion will become illegal in Colorado.

None of us can understand why this was important to an elderly man, but it was the single most important issue to him in this election cycle.

Most readers are saying to themselves: what? The overturn of Roe v. Wade simply meant the issue will be decided on a state level, and Colorado is among the most abortion friendly states in the country. In fact, abortions are up 33 percent in Colorado this year, so plenty of baby killing is going on here to make up for any loss of baby killing in other states. And there is zero chance the abortion industry will disappear during our lifetimes in this state.

But somehow the propagandists in the news and in the Democratic party have convinced people, including a lot of Republicans, that abortion is about to become illegal everywhere. It is very frustrating.

Just for the record, here is the Church’s position on abortion:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of human life. Therefore, the Church opposes elective abortion for personal or social convenience, and counsels its members not to submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions.

The Church allows for possible exceptions for its members when:

Pregnancy results from rape or incest, or

A competent physician determines that the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or

A competent physician determines that the fetus has severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth.

Even these exceptions do not automatically justify abortion. Abortion is a most serious matter. It should be considered only after the persons responsible have received confirmation through prayer. Members may counsel with their bishops as part of this process.

The Church’s position on this matter remains unchanged. As states work to enact laws related to abortion, Church members may appropriately choose to participate in efforts to protect life and to preserve religious liberty.

I want to end by pointing out that the people have not all chosen evil yet in the United States. There were some victories for the good guys, including the reelection of one of the best senators in Congress, Mike Lee from Utah. But the overall trends are not good when the primary motivating factor for millions of people is unlimited ability to destroy the souls sent to us by our Heavenly Father.

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About Geoff B.

Geoff B graduated from Stanford University (class of 1985) and worked in journalism for several years until about 1992, when he took up his second career in telecommunications sales. He has held many callings in the Church, but his favorite calling is father and husband. Geoff is active in martial arts and loves hiking and skiing. Geoff has five children and lives in Colorado.

13 thoughts on “Choosing evil

  1. In New Mexico our legislature codified abortion up to birth earlier this year, in the regular legislative session. Our state Democrats pushed this issue, even though the state is last in in things like education and first in things like violent crime. I had one of those “I told you so” laughs last night, on behalf of my local municipal council race. For moths, most of the outspoken voices against the Council have been from Democrats and progressives. So what did they do? Re-elected the same people. We have a 6-1 Democrat majority on the Council, consisting of an incumbent who is at the heart of most of the issues and three women who have no ideas, but are very good at saying what they’re told to say. Can’t complain if you don’t do things differently.

    As for red waves, I was not planning on one, of course I wanted it to happen. I hope the GOP learns from their mistakes, but I doubt they will. They never do.

  2. I really thought that people would be able to understand that overturning Roe v. Wade would return the issue to the states and that it would not affect that many people at the end of the day. Poor people in red states will be funded by pro-abortion people in blue states, there will be mobile abortion clinics swooping in to “help” these people. The amount of people who want an abortion who will not be able to get one will be tiny. But apparently almost nobody understands this. I discussed this with my 20-something daughters and they said this is THE BIG ISSUE for young people — they want those abortions! Wow, we are even more far gone as a society than I have ever imagined.

  3. The lie about the overturning of Roe impacting everyone everywhere has a twin. Many have also been duped into believing that pro-life legislation offers no exception, but any bill or law that I’ve heard about thus far allows at the very least an exception for the life of the mother.

    Oh, wait. They’re triplets! Another big lie is that miscarriages will be criminalized. Seriously? That’s something completely out of everyone’s control! Not only that, but who can honestly think that efforts to preserve the lives of babies would punish women for trying to bring them into this world yet, through no fault of their own, find misfortune?

    I agree that there are many who just want to be able to murder the unborn, but I can’t help but feel that many who follow their camp would cease doing so were they not blinded by these lies. They are choosing evil, but perhaps unknowingly. Moloch is very good at recruiting acolytes for his sacrament, but it’s not impossible to convince them of their error if we speak truth while wearing our compassion on our sleeve.

  4. The lack of ANY explanation, including pointing out that birth control of many kinds is readily available, and juset not touch the issue (unless the candidate opposed 100% of all abortion, for any reason), is typical of the Republican party. They have been and continue to be absolutely terrible at “marketing”, and are oblivious to the fact the illiberal/regressive Democrats are very good at marketing. I can always thank heaven that I’ve never been a Republican or a Democrat (I’m a life-long small “l” libertarian), but it still breaks my heart.

  5. Yeah, the Dems are extraordinarily disciplined in how they put forward messages. They really only had two things to go on in 2020: 1)Republican MAGA types are a threat to democracy and 2)Republicans want to destroy your right to abortion. But every single Dem said these things over and over and over, and the media repeated it over and over. Unfortunately in our time of soundbites, the Rs don’t do a good job of preparing and hammering home counter-messages.

    On abortion, they could have said something like this: “I as a candidate I don’t want the federal government involved in abortion and personal health. This is why I support the Dobbs decision because it returns the issue to the states, where it belongs.” Maybe if every candidate had said something like that, it would have helped neutralize the Dem propaganda.

  6. “Lastly, Montana posed to voters not a constitutional amendment but a proposed state law to recognize the personhood of preborn babies who survive abortions and guarantee they be cared for. At the time of this writing, 52.6% of voters oppose it.”

    Note: 52.6% of voters support legal infanticide. Only Cthulhu knows what this number would be in places such as California, Oregon, Washington State and New York.

    Good heavens…

  7. “The overturn of Roe v. Wade simply meant the issue will be decided on a state level, and Colorado is among the most abortion friendly states in the country. In fact, abortions are up 33 percent in Colorado this year, so plenty of baby killing is going on here to make up for any loss of baby killing in other states.”

    Hmmm…perhaps we need baby-killing offsets – abortion credits – to compensate for lower baby-killing in more conservative states. The lower the baby-killing totals in one state, the higher abortion rates must be in others.

    Call it “Cap and Kill.”

  8. “Wow, we are even more far gone as a society than I have ever imagined.”

    That dawned on me powerfully after Obergell, but now, I think perhaps its time to begin boarding the ark.

  9. Lattertarian on November 9, 2022 at 10:08 am said:

    “If conservatives weren’t just progressives driving the speed limit they might be worthy of trust. Alas.”


    Conservatives (authentic examples of this species, at least) are the utter antithesis of progressives as well as the antithesis of ideology.

    To whom or to what are you referring?

  10. I believe the world has been spared and protected from WMD usage because the people have chosen good over evil. Once the majority of the people choose evil over good, those protections will disappear and the long dreaded days of mass destruction will follow. The Lord will allow the wicked to punish the wicked, and he will allow the righteous to suffer so the wicked will be fully accountable for their choices. God help us all.

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