The Main Criterion for Supporting Politicians

The Main Criterion for Supporting Politicians

By Mark Davis Pickup

The thoughts below are from a pro-life friend in Canada about the upcoming Canadian elections, but they can easily translate to the elections here in America tomorrow.

In 2019, I will be voting in two elections: federal and provincial. I will not vote for any candidate who says they are pro-choice—for the choice to which they refer is the choice to kill an unborn child. Nobody should have the freedom to choose to kill another human being. Does that make me a one issue voter? No, but it is a disqualifying issue in the same way that I could not vote for a candidate who was anti-Semitic, regardless of whether they had a good economic platform and plans for job creation.

I care deeply about the environment and the economy and I don’t believe we have to choose between them: We can have a sensible balance. I care deeply about health, justice, trade, agriculture, and policies that support inclusion, family life, and children. I want good roads, good infrastructures, good hospitals, good schools. I want to know parents are able to choose the kind of education their children receive. I want impartial, non-activist judges and fair courts. I want proper, reasonable immigration policy that is orderly—not simply throwing open the borders of the nation. I believe in a strong national defense and military.

And yet, it’s worth nothing if national, provincial, or state politicians do not place the protection and care of all human life at the very apex of priorities and policies. All laws and policies must be motivated by those priorities or enhance them.

A political candidate who supports the freedom to kill unborn children or agrees with assisted suicide and euthanasia of the sick and disabled is unfit for the high calling of public office.


Mark Davis Pickup has lived with aggressive multiple sclerosis for over 34 years. Although electric wheelchair dependent, Mark has spoken across the United States and Canada promoting the sanctity, dignity, and equality of all human life. He has addressed politicians and legislative committees (both Canadian and American), university forums, hospital medical staffs, religious and denominational leaders, community groups, and organizations about the critical importance of protecting all human life from conception to natural death. Mark is also a widely published writer on bioethical and Christian issues and has received numerous awards.

This article has been reprinted with permission and can be found at humanlifematters.org/2018/10/the-main-criteria-for-supporting.html.

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