We are now in the midst of the Republican presidential primary. I have been paying attention to the various candidates and their political positions and am thoughtfully considering which of the candidates I will support in the GOP presidential primary. The winner of the Republican presidential primary will take on the Democratic Presidential nominee and possibly a Third Party candidate. The voters will then have to make the decision with their consciences of whether and for whom to vote.
While voting in and of itself is not intrinsically evil are people (catholics) who vote for pro-abortion politicians because of their stances on other social issues consequentialists? That is, are they implicitly, and perhaps inadvertently, accepting a consequentialist moral philosophy?
Consequentialism is the belief that the consequences are the one defining element that determines the moral value of any action. Consequentialists exclude the fact of the intrinsic ethical character of actions which precipitate their ends. They deny that actions have a moral weight of their own.
To put the question more succinctly, is it intrinsically evil to vote for politicians who support the right to choose abortion?
To address an anticipated criticism – namely, the claim that since it is not intrinsically evil to vote, it therefore cannot be intrinsically evil to vote for this person or that one, I reply as follows:
While voting in and of itself is morally neutral we as Catholics have an obligation to avoid voting for someone in particular who supports an intrinsic evil such as abortion. Our pontiff has made it known that there are certain issues which are non-negotiable. Voting per se is not intrinsically evil. But to vote is to vote for someone. No one casts a generic ballot with no name on it. That would not even be a vote at all. So generic voting is a mere abstraction, not an act. The act is always voting for this person or that one. Therefore the choice to vote for a particular candidate may be intrinsically evil depending on the candidate and his or her positions. Abortion is one of the aforementioned non-negotiables. It is intrinsically evil. Voting for someone who supports abortion (especially if there is a moral alternative) necessarily entails supporting abortion, an intrinsic evil. Therefore voting for someone who supports abortion as a “right” is intrinsically evil.
Now you know what I think. Where do you stand?