I’ve come across several really good articles on just how extreme Obama’s stance on abortion is.  I thought I had a pretty good idea, but I was actually taken aback by reading these.  And I kept thinking, “How can anybody support Obama if they really know what sorts of things he advocates?  He is beyond ‘pro-choice.’  Way beyond!”

If you only have time to read one article on this topic, you should read “Obama’s Abortion Extremism” by Robert George, for the Witherspoon Institute. George thoroughly examines the arguments that Christians use to justify their support of Obama and presents the facts of what Obama really stands for–facts that invalidate any argument that Obama is anything other than extremely pro-abortion, and therefore an unjustifiable choice for Christians.

Another must-read is “Pro-Life Catholics For Obama: Should abortion be the litmus test for political support?by George Weigel, for Newsweek (!).  Weigel looks specifically at arguments presented by Catholic supporters such as Doug Kmiec, Nick Cafardi, Nancy Pelosi, and, of course, Obama’s VP candidate, Joe Biden.  He looks at the responses of our bishops, and considers what effect Obama’s pro-abortion success would have on the Catholic Church.

Last but not least is “Lives Depend on Your Vote: Obama and the culture of death,” by National Review editor Kathryn Jean Lopez.  I think this one speaks for itself: lives really do hang in the balance of this election.

In addition, our U.S. bishops continue to issue ever stronger statements and exhortations to their flocks.  Among the latest examples:

Bishop Robert Hermann, administrator of St. Louis, calls upon us to “Save the children!”  In the process, he poses some tough questions to people whom he outright calls, “So-called good Catholics.”  This is one bishop who calls a spade a spade!  And what Dominican wouldn’t applaud his exhortation to pray the Rosary?  :)

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph addressed the question, “Can a Catholic vote in favor of abortion?” by posing an even more important question:  “What is the effect on Catholics of a candidate who has been consistently supportive of abortion?” This is a very powerful and effective approach, and Bishop Finn’s response is so important and so clear, that I am going to share some excerpts (with my emphases):

When a candidate supports ready access to abortion on demand, they are inviting Catholics to put aside their conscience on this life and death issue. Such a candidate is inviting conscientious Catholics to look elsewhere for moral leadership.

When a candidate promotes total unhindered “choice,” he or she discourages the Catholic vote, and at the same time tempts the voter to betray one of the most obvious intuitions of our humanity and to support the continuation of the willful destruction of human life.

If the candidate has supported partial birth abortion, he or she asks the voter to affirm the continuation of an act that 75% of the population has rejected as repulsive.

When a candidate regards the unborn child as unworthy of the defense of law, then he or she asks us to join them in ignoring the lessons of history by which African Americans in this country were once regarded as non-persons; or the Jews of Europe were once marked for genocide or racial purification. Had we known, would we have supported the “choice” to enslave or destroy these brothers and sisters of ours? Can a candidate expect us as Catholics to ignore the classification of the unborn as non-persons? Will he or she expect us to look aside while these babies are quietly exterminated at a rate of 4000 per day? This is precisely what they are asking us to do.

A candidate who asks us to add our weight to such a destructive momentum in our society, asks us to be participants in their own gravely immoral act. This is something which, in good conscience, we can never justify. Despite hardship, beyond partisanship, for the sake of our eternal salvation: This we should never do.

You can’t get much clearer than that.

God bless all these writers.