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.