On February 19 all the candidates for the 52nd district U.S. Congressional seat except one showed up for a candidate forum at a prominent Evangelical church in eastern San Diego. The line-up consisted of Democrat Scott Peters, who was endorsed by Planned Parenthood; Republican Fred Simon, who said he was personally pro-life but publically pro-choice; and Republican Kirk Jorgensen, openly pro-life. The no-show was Republican Carl DeMaio, who had run TV ads with his homosexual partner and was openly pro-abortion.
The Evangelical pastor at the end of the forum went up to pro-abortion Peters and told him that if pro-abortion DeMaio won the nomination for Republican side, the pastor would vote for Peters.
On May 24, at a meet-and-greet for pro-lifer Kirk Jorgensen at a home in the southern end of the 52nd District, a Catholic pastor spoke about DeMaio. “If he gets the GOP nomination, who will speak up for the unborn? We have to get rid of these moderate Republicans.”
The results are in: pro-abortion Democrat Peters (42.2% of the votes in the June 3 open primary) and pro-abortion Republican DeMaio (35.9%) will face off in November. (Pro-lifer Jorgensen got 17.9%.) What should Catholics and other pro-lifers do? Should they follow the Evangelical pastor and vote for Peters as the lesser of two evils? Will Catholics follow the logic of the Catholic pastor who asks who will speak up for the unborn?
In A Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics, last published and distributed widely by Catholic Answers in 2012, the race with two pro-abortion candidates is discussed on page 10:
“In some political races, each candidate takes a wrong position on one or more issues involving non-negotiable moral principles. In such a case you may vote for the can- didate who takes the fewest such positions or who seems least likely to be able to advance immoral legislation, or you may choose to vote for no one.
“A vote cast in such a situation is not morally the same as a positive endorsement for candidates, laws, or pro- grams that promote intrinsic evils: Rather, it is an action aimed at limiting the evil, and an action that limits evil is good.”
In 2014, the Republicans, generally pro-life, are not likely to lose control of the U.S. House of Representatives. So a vote for a pro-abortion Democrat, is not likely to result in the death of more unborn babies. But a pro-abortion Republican like congressional candidate DeMaio has campaigned as a “new generation Republican” to lead the GOP away from the life and family issues.
The San Diego County Republican Party in the months leading up to the June 3 primary election, endorsed DeMaio and poured money into ads, robo calls, yard signs, and mailings on DeMaio’s behalf.
As the Catholic priest said, if the GOP doesn’t defend the unborn, who will?