Why I can’t vote for John McCain

I was looking around Senator McCain’s website when I found this under his “Issues: Human Dignity” section. It seemed an odd title given his position on women’s ability to control their bodies.

Here is John McCain’s abortion stance:

Overturning Roe v. Wade

John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench. Constitutional balance would be restored by the reversal of Roe v. Wade, returning the abortion question to the individual states. The difficult issue of abortion should not be decided by judicial fiat.

However, the reversal of Roe v. Wade represents only one step in the long path toward ending abortion. Once the question is returned to the states, the fight for life will be one of courage and compassion – the courage of a pregnant mother to bring her child into the world and the compassion of civil society to meet her needs and those of her newborn baby. The pro-life movement has done tremendous work in building and reinforcing the infrastructure of civil society by strengthening faith-based, community, and neighborhood organizations that provide critical services to pregnant mothers in need. This work must continue and government must find new ways to empower and strengthen these armies of compassion. These important groups can help build the consensus necessary to end abortion at the state level. As John McCain has publicly noted, “At its core, abortion is a human tragedy. To effect meaningful change, we must engage the debate at a human level.”

Then his site goes on to talk about how he is seeking “ways to promote adoption as a first option for women struggling with a crisis pregnancy.” Because John McCain knows what is right for every woman in America with a crisis pregnancy.

Here is the NPR spot on the misconception that John McCain is pro-choice.

He also knows what information should be availible to patrons of our nation’s libraries and children in our schools. See his sponsorship of CIPA, Children’s Internet Protection Act, which required filters such as Bess (in fact, most commonly Bess) to be used in all libraries and schools which wanted internet in 2000. Bess is famous for blocking on demand and without review–from breast cancer websites to political websites, to tor’s instruction site (which I found blocked at my high school).

Censorship is the name of that game.

I don’t know whether abortion should be a litmus test for a Presidential Candidate. I think McCain’s record of supporting the Global Gag rule and abstinence only Sex Ed makes him an enemy of the free flow of information.

And that is enough for me.

Inspirational Quote:

“chaining sax handlers, Jed Parsons

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