The former president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination is saying this week that the election is a "simple decision" for evangelicals because of one issue: Hillary Clinton's support for partial-birth abortion.
Writing on his blog Monday, Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas, who recently finished his tenure as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, noted that in every election, a candidate's stance on abortion is central to his choice. This year is no exception, and in light of the Democratic nominee's defense of abortions in the second and third trimesters, also known as partial-birth abortion, the choice is even easier.
"Just stop and think about this for a moment: Sec. Hillary Clinton has made it one hundred percent clear she intends on promoting abortion, using taxpayer dollars to do so, and has even been an unwavering supporter of partial-birth abortion," Floyd said.
In the third presidential debate on Oct. 19 Clinton said that she would appoint justices to the Supreme Court that would "stick with Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose." Reversing that court decision, she argued, "would be a terrible mistake and would take us backwards."
Such thinking could not be more foreign for Floyd and many Christians with pro-life convictions.
"[W]hen a doctor can insert a vacuum into a woman's uterus and aspirate out a fetus or inject a drug that stops a baby's heart and proceed to tear him or her apart, piece by piece, with forceps, is this not reflective of a society who is heading backward instead of forward?" Floyd said.
"For many evangelical Christians this position alone disqualifies her for office. It's just that simple. Every abortion procedure is designed to end life," he continued.
Floyd's reasoning is shared among many evangelical leaders.
"I join with Dr. [James] Dobson and millions of evangelicals who believe that life matters from the womb to the tomb. As a Christian, it's my moral responsibility to use whatever influence I have, including my vote as a U.S. citizen, to 'speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, to ensure justice for those being crushed.' (Proverbs 31:8)" Floyd said.
Dobson, host of Family Talk and founder of Focus on the Family, has fervently advocated for Donald Trump's bid for presidency, particularly because of Trump's stance on the abortion issue.
As CP reported on Oct 12, when a 2005 Access Hollywood interview emerged in which Donald Trump made sexually lewd remarks, Dobson rose to Trump's defense, while not condoning Trump's words. Dobson dismissed charges of hypocrisy, arguing that the current Republican nominee for president had not disgraced the Oval office like Bill Clinton had.
"Donald Trump hasn't vetoed bills that would have outlawed the procedure known as partial-birth abortion. Bill Clinton alone is responsible for the brains being sucked out of unanesthetized babies during delivery. That naziesque procedure continued for years until the Supreme Court declared it illegal. Donald Trump is pro-life. Clinton and his wife disrespect the Constitution of the United States, although Trump has promised to protect it, especially the First Amendment. Shall I go on?" Dobson said.