Some abolitionists choose to form themselves into groups and/or organizations that are, in their minds, largely exclusive to their theological standpoint. They look at the task of abolishing abortion as if they were building a church or a Christian denomination. And you know what? That's perfectly fine. That's their right. If I was trying to start a church, or run a parachurch organization, I'd do it that way too. I certainly wouldn't want to include people who disagree with my theology, or the theology of my coreligionists. That would be ridiculous.
Many of us, on the other hand, a dozen years ago--thinking that stopping the abortion holocaust is a civic matter, one that is a life-and-death question for the entire country, for the entire body of the people, not just for those with perfect theology--decided that we want the help of any American citizen/Judeo-Christian theist who truly wants abortion ended immediately. So, we decided to start a non-sectarian political party, one that, even though it doesn't divide politically along denominational lines, is absolutely committed, from the get-go, to the core American moral and constitutional principles that without exception argue strongly and conclusively against abortion.
Even if you view Catholics, or Latter-day Saints, or Jews, as Samaritans, (or, as one "five tenet abolitionist" called them yesterday, "pagans") ask yourself the question:
If Samaritans are committed to helping the poor robbery victim lying bleeding in the ditch, or to stopping the mass murder of tens of millions more innocent children, shouldn't you work with them to bind up the wounds and bring healing to those who are being violently attacked? Can you justify to the Lord strutting on by like the priests and the Levites in Luke 10, who were busy going to do God's work, but stuck their noses up at people who were truly serving, and showing mercy, and being a true neighbor to their fellow human beings, even though they didn't have the right religious label attached to them?
I know that most abolitionists understand these concepts, because they are already working with their fellow citizens, without regard to religious designations, to try to pass abolition legislation in the several states.
But, in 2020, we are watching some few "five-tenet abolitionists," folks who have advocated for abolition as being solely a gospel project, inexplicably compromise those tenets for the pro-abortion incumbent Donald Trump. This simply can't pass without comment. Thousands more babies are being slaughtered in America TODAY. We don't have time for any more silly little Utilitarian political games. We have to convince the people to stop supporting wicked candidates, or we're never going to get anywhere.
If you won't even live up to your own standards, who is going to listen to you? Who is going to believe your professions of faith when you keep supporting politicians who think it's okay to murder innocent children? Who is going to demand abolition if you don't demand abolition, in actual practice? Who cares how you've organized yourself if you're being morally compromised?
These are fair questions.
Because, you know what? In the end there are only two labels that are really going to matter: "sheep" and "goats."
Go read Matthew 25:31-46. It's all right there.
Do unto these babies as you would do unto the Lord Himself. No exceptions, for any politician, or for any reason.
Without that kind of steel in the backbone of abolitionism, it is going to come to the same bad end as pro-life-ism. It's inevitable.
'Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.'
Tom Hoefling on Government:
"Just as 'good fences make for good neighbors,' good government is mainly about knowing where the legitimate boundaries are, and having the courage to defend those borders forcefully. This is true in terms of the defense of our territory, our security, and our national sovereignty, but it also applies to the sworn duty of all of those in government to equally protect the God-given, unalienable rights of each individual person, from their creation onward, their sacred obligation to stay well within the enumerated powers of our constitutions, and of the role legitimate government must play in balancing the competing rights and interests of the people, in order to establish justice."