During the GOP presidential debate on Wednesday night, the candidates expressed their respect for the lives of the unborn. One response, however – that coming from former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley – stood out:
Haley: "No Republican president can ban abortions any more than a Democrat president can ban these state laws. So, let's find consensus."
That would require both sides of the debate to compromise. But Frank Pavone, who heads Priests for Life, points out if a compromise is reached to limit abortion, preborn babies below that limit are still being killed.
"There is such a thing as a moral absolute – and when it comes to abortion, we are talking about a moral absolute," he tells AFN. "It's never okay to kill a baby. It's never okay for a government or a law to authorize killing a baby. It's never okay for a court to say it's okay."
Pavone insists it is not justified to determine a point at which a baby can survive or be aborted. He supports his argument with a comparison.
"We would never say that the life of an adult is going to be protected in one state but not in another; or the life of an adult is going to be protected only up to a certain age. People would find that so repulsive," he argues.
Pavone contends most people would not compromise on that – which, for him, begs the question: Why we would do it with a baby in the womb?