There are a lot of important issues at the time of an election. I'm not sure any are more important than abortion (because I know of no other national issue involving the intentional, direct killing of a human being). Some would say that makes me a single-issue voter (and perhaps I will comment on that at another time). But yesterday Trevin Wax listed ten questions a pro-choice candidate is never asked by the media (but should be). I love these questions! You can see the original post here.
I think these questions are brilliant. As you read them – stop and consider how amazing these questions are and how important they are. And imagine how any candidate might answer them.
Here it is reposted…
Debate moderators and reporters love to ask pro-life candidates hard
questions about abortion. Curiously, they don’t do the same for
Here are 10 questions you never hear a pro-choice candidate asked by the media:
1. You say you support a woman’s right to make her own reproductive
choices in regards to abortion and contraception. Are there any
restrictions you would approve of?
2. In 2010, The Economist featured a cover story
on “the war on girls” and the growth of “gendercide” in the world –
abortion based solely on the sex of the baby. Does this phenomenon pose a
problem for you or do you believe in the absolute right of a woman to
terminate a pregnancy because the unborn fetus is female?
3. In many states, a teenager can have an abortion without her
parents’ consent or knowledge but cannot get an aspirin from the school
nurse without parental authorization. Do you support any restrictions or
parental notification regarding abortion access for minors?
4. If you do not believe that human life begins at conception, when
do you believe it begins? At what stage of development should an unborn
child have human rights?
5. Currently, when genetic testing reveals an unborn child has Down
Syndrome, most women choose to abort. How do you answer the charge that
this phenomenon resembles the “eugenics” movement a century ago – the
slow, but deliberate “weeding out” of those our society would deem
“unfit” to live?
6. Do you believe an employer should be forced to violate his or her
religious conscience by providing access to abortifacient drugs and
contraception to employees?
7. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. has said that
“abortion is the white supremacist’s best friend,” pointing to the fact
that Black and Latinos represent 25% of our population but account for
59% of all abortions. How do you respond to the charge that the majority
of abortion clinics are found in inner-city areas with large numbers of
8. You describe abortion as a “tragic choice.” If abortion is not
morally objectionable, then why is it tragic? Does this mean there is
something about abortion that is different than other standard surgical
9. Do you believe abortion should be legal once the unborn fetus is viable – able to survive outside the womb?
10. If a pregnant woman and her unborn child are murdered, do you
believe the criminal should face two counts of murder and serve a
So – what do you think? Do you think these are fair questions?