Where Do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Issues of Concern
to Christian Families?
week from tomorrow, our country will decide which leader will direct
the course of our nation for the next four years. Never before
have issues of concern to committed Christians been more at stake.
The future of the family, our religious values, our religious heritage,
and our religious liberties truly hang in the balance.
pray that citizens across America will choose as our President a man
who will honor God, respect Christian beliefs, and reflect Biblical
values in the Oval Office.
Missouri Family Policy Council has prepared the following analysis of
the positions of the candidates and their past records on the subjects
of the sanctity of human life, marriage, the family, and traditional
values. While there are many issues of interest to families in
our country, we believe these issues are of paramount importance in
determining the collective character and moral conscience of the United
States of America.
analysis is a factual and objective review of the candidate's past and
present stands on these issues. We encourage you to evaluate it
carefully and consider it prayerfully as you prepare to cast your
ballot. Please share this information with family and friends,
fellow church members, neighbors, and associates at school and in the
be praying that the American people will have a discerning spirit as
they make their choice about the future moral direction and spiritual
climate of our nation.
The Sanctity of Human Life
*President Obama is an outspoken and
aggressive advocate of abortion on demand. The President is a
fervent supporter of the Roe v. Wade
decision, which legalized
abortion at any stage of pregnancy for any reason. President Obama
has stated on numerous occasions: "I will never back down in
defending a woman's right to choose." He has received a 100
percent rating from NARAL
Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood.
*President Obama supports sex-selection abortions, opposing legislation in Congress to ban abortions based on gender.
a state senator in Illinois, President Obama voted against and spoke
against legislation to protect children born alive during an
abortion. He actively opposed a bill which would have required
that medical care be provided to children surviving an abortion.
*President Obama supports the appointment of justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who will preserve abortion on demand.
Obama has appointed dozens of virulent pro-abortion activists to
leading positions in the federal bureaucracy, including the militantly
pro-abortion Director of the Department of Health and Human Services,
*President Obama successfully pushed health
care legislation which includes taxpayer funding of abortion. The
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (oftentimes referred to as
Obamacare) includes federal subsidies for abortion coverage and an
abortion surcharge premium.
*President Obama has been an avid supporter of Planned Parenthood, and
has backed the distribution of federal family planning funding and
Medicaid funding to the nation's leading abortion provider. His
administration has gone to court to block efforts by various states to
eliminate the allocation of federal family planning funds and Medicaid
funds for Planned Parenthood. President Obama's support for
Planned Parenthood has even extended to taping fundraising appeals for
Planned Parenthood in the Oval Office.
*President Obama has
authorized the use of federal funds for international organizations that
perform and promote abortions, revoking the "Mexico City policy" that
prohibited the use of foreign aid for such purposes.
Obama has used the State Department to promote increased access and
availability of abortion in countries around the globe.
Obama supports federal funding of the cloning and destruction of human
embryos for medical research, reversing a Bush Administration ban on
almost all programs of federally funded embryonic stem cell research.
a component of Obamacare, the Obama Administration imposed a
contraceptive and abortion drug mandate on virtually all health
insurance policies issued in the United States. That mandate
requires that all health insurance plans include coverage of
abortifacient drugs and contraceptives, regardless of the religious
beliefs and convictions of religious institutions and employers.
Obama rescinded regulations adopted by the Bush Administration
protecting doctors, nurses, and other health care workers from being
forced to participate in abortions and other medical procedures that
violate their conscience.
*The Obama Administration successfully
pushed changes to the federal budget eliminating funding for abstinence
*Mitt Romney opposes the Roe v. Wade
decision legalizing abortion, and believes that decisions about
regulation of abortion should be returned to the states, as was true
prior to the 1973 Supreme Court decision. Romney says he believes
"in the sanctity of life from the very beginning until the very
end." He adds that "Americans have a moral duty to uphold the
sanctity of life and protect
the weakest, most vulnerable, and most innocent among us." Romney
says he believes that unborn children should be protected under the
law, except in instances of rape, incest, and when the life of the
mother is threatened.
Romney supported abortion rights as a candidate for Governor of
Massachusetts, but says his views changed as a result of further
examination of the issue.
Romney opposes the use of federal taxpayer dollars for abortion.
He says he will support retention of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits
the use of Medicaid dollars for abortion, and he opposes the
disbursement of federal funds to Planned Parenthood.
Romney says he will appoint justices to the Supreme Court who will
"strictly construe the Constitution...and apply the original meaning of
the Constitution" and not attempt to legislate from the bench.
Romney says he will work to repeal the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and put an end to federal subsidies of
abortion contained therein.
Romney opposes human cloning and embryonic stem cell research, and
vetoed legislation as Governor of Massachusetts which would have
such research. Romney opposes use of federal funds for embryonic
stem cell research. He says that "scientific research and
preservation of human dignity are complementary, and America's laws must
reflect this conviction."
Romney says he will restore the Mexico City Policy prohibiting
allocation of foreign family planning dollars to organizations that
perform or refer for abortions.
Romney says he will rescind the Obama Administration's contraceptive
and abortion drug mandate on his first day in office. "I will
eliminate the rule that compels religious institutions to violate the
tenets of their own faith."
Governor of Massachusetts, Romney vetoed legislation which would have
required Catholic hospitals to administer abortifacient drugs.
Marriage, the Family, and Traditional Values
Obama supports the redefinition of marriage to include homosexual
unions, saying that his support is based on his Christian faith and the
Golden Rule. He opposes a federal constitutional amendment to define
marriage as the union of a one man and one woman.
*President Obama strongly opposes the Defense of Marriage Act, which
protects states from being required to recognize homosexual unions
legally ratified in other states.
Obama Administration has refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act
in federal courts, failing to fulfill its constitutional responsibility
to defend federal laws duly enacted by Congress.
Obama has aggressively promoted the passage of the Employment
Non-Discrimination Act, which would provide special employment rights to
*President Obama has appointed dozens of outspoken homosexual activists to key posts in his Administration.
Obama successfully pushed legislation repealing a federal law which
prohibits service in the U.S. military by avowed homosexuals.
Obama has issued annual proclamations declaring the month of June
"National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month." In
those proclamations, the President has labeled efforts to defend
traditional values as
"pernicious" and "malicious." Federal agencies, including the
U.S. Defense Department, have held ceremonies celebrating Gay Pride
Month. The flag of the homosexual movement has flown underneath
the U.S. flag at certain federal facilities during the month of June.
Obama Administration's Defense Department has permitted homosexual
union ceremonies on U.S. military bases in violation of the Defense of
Marriage Act. President Obama has opposed legislation protecting
military chaplains from being required to perform same-sex ceremonies.
Obama Administration's State Department has aggressively championed the
practice of homosexuality as a human right in countries around the
Romney supports the preservation of traditional marriage and opposes
efforts to redefine marriage to include homosexual unions. He says
that "marriage is more than a personally rewarding social custom.
It is critical for the well-being of a civilization." He supports
the passage of a Federal Marriage Amendment to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman in the United States Constitution.
Romney says that he opposes the establishment under the law of civil
unions for homosexuals "if they are identical to marriage other than by
name." However, he does support domestic partnership benefits for
Romney supports the Defense of Marriage Act, and pledges to instruct
the U.S. Justice Department to defend the law in federal court.
Mitt Romney has in the past expressed support for legislation providing
special employment rights for homosexuals, he now says that he opposes
the federal "Employment Non-Discrimination Act." He believes that
the decision on whether to grant special employment rights to
homosexuals should be left to the states.
*Mitt Romney supports the recent action by Congress authorizing service in the U.S. Armed Forces by avowed homosexuals.
*Mitt Romney believes that the Boy Scouts of America should allow
homosexuals to be members of Boy Scout troops, in contradiction to the
Scout oath that a Boy Scout is to be "physically strong, mentally awake,
and morally straight."
his campaign for Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney was a strong
supporter of the homosexual rights agenda. As Governor, he did
propose legislation which would have exempted religious organizations
like Catholic Charities from being forced to place adoptive children
with homosexual couples, citing religious freedom concerns.