The Shiny Red Button (How Republicans Use Abortion To Manipulate Christians)

The Shiny Red Button (How Republicans Use Abortion To Manipulate Christians) January 28, 2019
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*NOTE: I share this guest post from my friend Eric Johnson as a former Republican who has since abandoned all faith in politics and politicians. Both Democrats and Republicans use these same tactics to manipulate their base. This is not an attack on Republicans. It’s a wake up call for American Christians to abandon politics and pledge allegiance to the Lamb.


Let’s look at the role of Republicans in the History of abortion, shall we?

Planned Parenthood started receiving funding in 1970 when Republican POTUS Richard M. Nixon signed into law the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act, which had the support of both Democrats and Republicans.

In 1973 was the landmark case Roe v. Wade. There were 9 Supreme Court justices who ruled on that case: 5 Democrats and 4 Republicans.

It was passed by a 7-2 ruling.

Both a Republican and a Democrat opposed.

That means 3 out of 4 justices voted in favor of Roe. vs Wade.

In 1992 there was the Supreme Court case of Planned Parenthood vs. Casey.

Out of 9 justices there was only one Democrat on the bench. They had an opportunity to over turn R v. W, but they didn’t.

Instead they ruled reinforcing abortion being protected by the 14th Amendment.

In the 46 years since Roe vs. Wade Republicans have had control of the Senate:

– 1981 to 1987
– 1995 to 2001
– 2003 to 2007
– 2015 to 2019

So far that’s a total of 20 years out of the 46 since R v. W became law.

Likewise in the 46 years since Roe v. Wade became law Republicans have controlled the House:

– 1995 to 2007
– 2011 to 2019

Again, out of 46 years since Roe v. Wade was decided Republicans have controlled the House for 20 of those years.

From 1995 to 2007 Republicans controlled both the House and Senate.

From 2001 until 2007, and then again 2017 to 2019 Republicans controlled the House, Senate and the Presidency.

Also from 2001 to 2007 on the Supreme Court nine out of the 11 justices who served during that time were Republican.

In other words: The greatest chance for Republicans to end legalized abortion was between 2001 and 2007 when they controlled the House, the Senate, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court.

Not once did they de-fund Planned Parenthood, pass legislation to outlaw abortion, or overturn Roe v. Wade.

They could have, but didn’t.

They had ample opportunity.

From 2017 until the present Republicans have once again controlled the House, Senate, Presidency, and SCOTUS.

Ask yourself this: After 46 years…

Why is abortion still legal?
Why is Planned Parenthood still funded?
Why hasn’t Roe vs. Wade been overturned yet?

People are quick to blame Democrats for abortion in the U.S. while turning a blind eye to the MASSIVE amount of blood on Republicans hands.

They are quick to demonize those of the opposing political party while giving their own party a free pass when they share in responsibility.

So, with all of this laid out here I’m going to share with you a cold, hard fact that maybe hard for most to swallow:

If you have voted Republican anytime since 1970 the odds are you have voted for someone who has voted in favor of a bill that funded Planned Parenthood. #Truth

-Thanks to my friend Eric Johnson

If you want to read more about this topic, I cover it in my book “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance to The Lamb“, available now on Kindle, Audiobook and Print.


Keith Giles was formerly a licensed and ordained minister who walked away from organized church 11 years ago, to start a home fellowship that gave away 100% of the offering to the poor in the community. Today, He and his wife live in Meridian, Idaho, awaiting their next adventure.

His new book “Jesus Unbound: Liberating the Word of God from the Bible”, is available now on Amazon and features a Foreword by author Brian Zahnd.

He is also the author of the Amazon best-seller, “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb” with a Foreword by Greg Boyd.

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  • Paul Dean

    This is BS because they could ONLY have overturned Roe v Wade by using the nuclear option, which was never a considered option by the GOP. It was never an option until Chuckie and Reid made it an option. They NEVER could get a majority voted needed to overturn it without Dem votes, which they would NEVER give. THATS why I call BS on this.

  • Not once did they de-fund Planned Parenthood, pass legislation to outlaw abortion, or overturn Roe v. Wade.

    They could have, but didn’t.

    They had ample opportunity.

    Surely this isn’t surprising. Of what political value to the Republicans is the abortion issue if it’s been eliminated? Republicans like to be Chicken Little, shouting that the sky is falling, to get the votes. If the sky weren’t falling, they don’t have that argument.

  • Do you want to know how to actually reduce abortions? Because it sure doesn’t look like it.

    Overturning Roe will just make abortions illegal. It only addresses the symptom. Look at countries where abortions are illegal or look at the US before Roe–the rates of abortion were higher.

    You want to address the cause: unwanted pregnancy. You’ll have the odd experience of actually working with pro-choice advocates.

    Valerie Tarico outlines a simple approach that, with a little time, could reduce the US abortion rate by 90%:

  • TrevorN

    1. The nuclear option was always an option if the majority party felt a strong enough need to use it. The Democrats went there for judicial nominations, the Republicans went there for the Supreme Court.
    2. They never even tried to overturn it. They don’t want to overturn it; they want to retain the option of overturning it in perpetuity, because it’s been proven to be, and continues to be, a powerful incentive.
    3. All your nevers, all four of them, are merely your opinion and not fact. Which means
    4. All the bullshit in this thread is found in your comment, not in the post.

  • Dennis Lange

    This article is terribly wrong. For example, the author says that the Republicans held both houses of Congress and the presidency and didn’t make abortion legal. That’s ignorant. Abortion was made legal by what the supreme court said about the CONSTITUTION in Roe vs. Wade. Therefore, it will take a CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT to end legalized abortion. It takes 2/3 of the House and 2/3 of the Senate and a pro-life president to sign it in order to send such an amendment to the states to ratify. Why have the Republicans never had the needed majority? Because too many people vote for Murdercrats. It is Murdercrat politicians and their voters who support and continue abortion murder and all of them are guilty of those 2500 murders per day by the principle of aiding and abetting, accessories to murder, murderers themselves by the law of God (II John 9-11). Proof of Murdercrats being responsible for abortion can be seen in New York. When Murdercrat voters voted in Murdercrat politicians instead of Republicans in their Senate, the obstacle to a state statute to murder the unborn up to birth was removed and they voted for murder and cheered and applauded when it passed.

  • Robert Conner

    You mean rationality? Evidence-based policy? Are you MAD!?!?

  • Robert Conner
  • Sorry–I’ll try to keep my unhinged exuberance under control in the future.

  • You can’t extract the righteous dollar bills from the Faithful of God’s Own Party without legal abortion as the Boogeyman that’s devouring US society. It has become the catchall since the Right figured out segregation was costing them votes.


    Abortion is a made up issue. Here’s exactly how it became an issue 30 some years ago.

    Paul Weyrich, the late religious conservative political activist, co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, and Godfather of The “Christian” Right, literally shopped issues trying to galvanize a conservative “Christian” movement:

    This hypothetical “moral majority” needed a catalyst—a standard around which to rally.

    For nearly two decades, Weyrich, by his own account, had been trying out different issues, hoping one might pique evangelical interest: pornography, prayer in schools, the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, even abortion.

    “I was trying to get these people interested in those issues and I utterly failed,” Weyrich recalled at a conference in 1990.

    The 1978 Senate races demonstrated to Weyrich and others that abortion might motivate conservatives where it hadn’t in the past. He saw his opening and he never looked back.

    Abortion is a made up issue designed to coalesce a right-wing political movement.

    It isn’t even mentioned in the Bible.

    Prior to the efforts of con-man Paul Weyrich, a 1968 a symposium sponsored by the Christian Medical Society and Christianity Today, the flagship magazine of evangelicalism, refused to characterize abortion as sinful, citing ‘individual health, family welfare, and social responsibility’ as justifications for ending a pregnancy.

  • Phillip Marsh

    Numbers 5:11-31 …. abortion spell and potion


    Where did Jesus talk about abortion?

  • It seems you have allowed the Republicans to feed you their propaganda. Open your mind and look at abortion from all points of view. There are circumstances that make abortion a necessity.
    In your first paragraph you say “Republicans failed to make abortion legal” Did you misspeak or are you contradicting yourself?

  • Phillip Marsh

    Matthew 5:16-18
    16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. 17Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them. 18For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.…

  • lagibby

    That article is so sensible (and familiar, actually) that it is amazing that anyone who truly cares about babies, mothers and our society would be opposed.
    Yeah. I know. Am I new here? Sigh.


    Many people think that a human being is created at the time of conception but this belief is not supported by the bible.

    The fact that a living sperm penetrates a living ovum resulting in the formation of a living fetus does not mean that the fetus is a living human being.

    According to the bible, a fetus is not a living person with a soul until after drawing its first breath.

    After God formed man in Genesis 2:7, He “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and it was then that the man became a living being”.

    Although the man was fully formed by God in all respects, he was not a living being until after taking his first breath.

    In Job 33:4, it states: “The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

    According to the bible, destroying a living fetus does not equate to killing a living human being even though the fetus has the potential of becoming a human being.

    One can not kill something that has not been born and taken a breath.

    This means that a stillborn would not be considered a human being either.

    There is nothing in the bible to indicate that a fetus is considered to be anything other than living tissue and, according to scripture, it does not become a living being until after it has taken a breath.

    Source: “The bible tells us when a fetus becomes a living being,” by Dr. Joe Schwartz

    Many cite the scripture Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

    God is omnipotent. He has known all of us since before creation. This scripture is irrelevant as it pertains to when a fetus becomes a living being. The same reasoning applies to Psalm 139:13-14.

    Before extremists turned the issue of reproductive choice into a political football, views on this matter were weren’t nearly so drastic.

    For some history, read “The ‘biblical view’ that’s younger than the Happy Meal” Then check out, The Not-So-Lofty Origins of the Evangelical Pro-Life Movement. and How I Lost Faith in the “Pro-Life” Movement.

    Those who say, “If you’re a Christian, you have to be against abortion, and therefore you must vote republican,” are simply reciting talking points from false teachers.

    In the end, if abortion was such a grievous sin Jesus would have Said so.

  • John

    I totally agree with the manipulation and failure of the republicans to effect national level change on this issue, and have pointed out this very thing to conservative one-issue voters. Still, in the voting booth – what other option is there? Certainly not the left. So republican voters still have hope in the rhetoric because there is no other voting choice for them.

  • billwald

    More to the point, two men are fighting and a pregnant woman is watching the fight has a miscarriage because one if the fighter (somehow) struck her, it is a civil crime against property and the husband of the woman sets the cash penalty he shall pay the husband.

    Forgot the citation. see

  • billwald
  • Ken Allen

    There are some exegetical problems with your thesis that
    without the first breath of air, there is no human life, as you say is demonstrated in
    Scripture. Your first argument using Genesis 2:7 is week since according to The Moody Bible Commentary, God’s
    breathing into Adam’s nostrils denotes the imparting of a soul which allows man
    to have a spiritual relationship with God and not the breathing in of air.

    Your second verse in Job 33:4 also is not necessarily as you
    read it. The verb ‏תְּחַיֵּנִי‎ (tekhayyeni) is the Piel imperfect of
    the verb “to live.” It can mean “gives me life,” but it can also mean “quickens
    me, enlivens me” (NET Bible). The same verb is translated as “inspires me” in
    the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible

    ­­Even if the rendering of these verses inarguably meant breath of air, as you have
    argued, Ralph Northam’s version of legal abortion crosses the “breath” threshold.


    In one simple quote, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. sums up the hypocrisy of many in the ‘pro-life’ movement:
    “I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”

    This quote applies well to many Republican lawmakers who continue to introduce/pass restrictive
    misogynist laws against woman’s reproductive rights. At the same time, the GOP works to shut down women’s health clinics, with a special vengeance towards Planned Parenthood (#StandWithPP). You don’t hear of these Right Wing anti-choice extremists adopting children from unplanned pregnancies or putting funds into sex education. But you do see Republican lawmakers cut access to birth control, which prevents abortions. You do see the GOP’s 54 attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and their $24 Billion Government Shutdown both to destroy universal health reform which protects the needs of millions of American children. And you do see Republican lawmakers cut government programs like school lunches for children and block government financial aid to families who are homeless and/or in need. No, the goals of these so-called anti-choice/’pro-life’ hypocrites are not about fetuses or children once born, their agenda is about controlling women’s bodies and women’s futures. How great to hear Sister Joan Chittiste
    , a Benedictine nun, define the pro-life/anti-choice GOP double talk so well. An outspoken advocate for women, Sister Joan Chittister is a lecturer and author of 50 books. Holding a Ph.D. from Penn State University, she is also a research associate in a division of Cambridge University. Other subjects of her writing include women in the church and society, human rights, peace and justice, religious life and spirituality. She has appeared in the media on numerous shows including Meet the Press, 60 Minutes, Bill Moyers, BBC, NPR, and Oprah Winfrey. You can visit Joan Chittister’s website at Joan

  • Ken Allen

    All that you have provided is a political argument that has
    invaded an issue of morality. I believe that true separation of church and state is when the issue of law is what involves the state, but what concerns morality is what involves the Church.

    All of the political rhetoric does not deal with the life of
    an innocent image bearer and that is the issue; not women’s reproductive rights, or the argument of when life begins, or is the unborn baby human life or something else. The issue is a human baby that has been stripped of their identity as being a special creation of God. If folks want to continue in this vein and
    make abortion a state issue, fine, but know this. Christ said to give Caesar what is his but give to God what is His (cf Mark 12:17). Politics belong to Caesar but human life belongs to God.


    Sorry but scripture says otherwise.

  • Ken Allen

    Do you have any support and demonstration for “sorry but scripture says otherwise?”


    We have completed the circle back to what the bible says.

    Good dxay.