Abortion and Election 2012: More Than Just a Political Issue

The issue of abortion became even more personal for me this month. I had the privilege of meeting my niece's son, Carson Wayne Piatt, who was born June 27, 2012 but became part of our family September 25, 2012. You see, Carson's birth mom was a young woman, unmarried, addicted to crystal meth, that chose to carry her son to term and hand him over to two hearts that were breaking to have a child of their own.

Abortion can be argued in all shapes and sizes: reproductive rights, woman's right to choose, but it all comes down to this . . . a life that deserves living. For our family, it's not a theoretical argument — it is the reality that this adorable little boy's life could have been forcefully ended — legally. While my niece and her husband were desperately waiting to be able to love and provide for him, he might never have taken his first breath.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, there were 1.21 million abortions performed in the United States in 2008, the most recent year for which data is available — 3,322 abortions per day. Sharon Camp, president of the Guttmacher Institute, proudly remarked that abortion, since it was legalized nationwide in 1973, has become one of the most common surgical procedures. What has become of our nation that we so easily throw away millions of innocent lives every year?

According to a recent Gallup poll, female voters named abortion as the top political issue of this election. When asked how important the candidate's positions on policies concerning birth control would be on influencing their vote for president, 60% responded that it would affect their vote. It is difficult to determine whether women were including abortion as a form of birth control in this answer, but clearly abortion is still a dominant political issue.

Since the legalization of abortion in 1973, there have been approximately 50 million abortions performed in the United States — 50 MILLION. Luckily for us, a young, scared woman made an incredible sacrifice to carry her child to term and then let him live a life without her. Saying thank you will never be enough, but still, our family says thank you!

Welcome, Carson Wayne Piatt!

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Elaine Hays

Hi, my name is Elaine Hays and I am a political, financial and economic junkie. I love reading and listening to the news, interpreting what I am hearing and then discussing it with those around me. Sometimes they agree with me and sometimes they don’t, but I thoroughly enjoy the dialogue. I am a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and my husband, Tracy, is a CPA. We own a private wealth management firm that helps clients identify and then achieve their financial goals. We have co-authored two books, When God We Trust and Avoiding the Top Ten Money Mistakes. We have been married for 27 years and have four fantastic children – Taylor, Rachel, Ryan and Caleb. (And now a wonderful son-in-law, Joshua!) As a conservative, Christian woman, my world-view has a biblical perspective. I rely on scriptural truths to define my ideas of life, family and the role of government and you will see that expressed in my writing. I’m passionate about learning and began my post-high school education with a BBA in Marketing from Texas Christian University. At the age of 40 I returned to school and earned a Master of Science in Finance/Economics from West Texas A&M. At the age of 50, I began working on and completed 51 doctoral hours in Economics from Texas Tech University. My husband is a bit nervous to see what happens when I turn 60. We elect politicians who set policies that govern our economy. We make choices to spend, save or share money with others. All of these decisions have consequences, positive and negative, and our goal is to avoid the negatives. By pursuing knowlege on personal finances, economic principles and the impact of government policy on our daily lives, we become equipped to make better decisions. And the more we educate ourselves, the more we have to pass on to your children and grandchildren – literally.

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