Third, being wholeheartedly against the War in Iraq is not a proportionate reason for being pro-choice. As Archbishop Myers reminded us in the run up to the 2004 election, the Pope did not bind the conscience of Catholics to oppose the War in Iraq - he merely expressed his own prudential judgement on the question. Moreover, as the Archbishop points out, we must remember what we are balancing here - the lives of 1.3 million unborn children in America every year. Virtually no other modern policy issue - not taxes, welfare benefits, minimum wage, farm subsidies, the war - compares on that scale.
No sale this time.
6 years ago there were 1.3 million abortions a year. Twice we elected George W. Bush president and because of this issue, and now... there are 1.3 million abortions a year.
Changing this will require actual leadership, not just checking the right boxes. Thompson's past, and his squirrelly statements about it, calls into question his commitment on this issue. Will he lead the country into a pro-life direction? I don't see him being inclined to. It seems, like most politicians, he'd like to avoid the issue as much as possible. For me, that's not enough.
And the president's impact through his war and torture policies has been profound, and much greater than his impact on the abortion issue.
The Holy Father has not bound our consciences on the war in Iraq simply because he does not do so. But out moral judgement need not be limited to what the Holy Father binds our concsciences to. The Holy Father has also did not bind us to vote for Bush over Kerry in the last election.
The president's impact on war and torture policy has been much greater than his impact on both abortion policy and its prevalence. Given that, it seems clear to me that the former represent a proportional reason to support a pro-choice candidate.