I will only comment on one issue contained in your statement. It is not a political, so is not aimed at either candidate. In your second paragraph you state, "Even if EVERY state outlawed abortion, abortions would still take place. Desperate women would turn to back-alley abortionists or attempt do-it-yourself abortions and many would end up dying or infertile as a result. This is what happened before Roe vs. Wade. "
Unfortunately the dire consequences you predict, except for the seeking of back alley abortions and possibly the do it yourself variety, are happening today with perfectly legal abortions, probably at almost the same rate as they occur when a back alley abortion is obtained.
I would also point out, that your same argument can be applied to justify other crimes being made legal; i.e. prostitution, gambling, cock fighting, etc.. We may as well legalize them since people will engage in those activities anyway. It doesn't fly.
A society for good or ill creates an ethos for itself. Part of the "revoluition" of the 1960's was a revolt against the hypocrisy that exists in every society everywhere and at every time. American society had a moral ethos, admittedly one that was often observed in its violation then in its adhering to. But it was a standard to which people could strive for and actions judged against.
If the revvolt had only been against hypocrisy or the excesses, things might have turned out well. Instead the revolt was against societal standards with the attended demand they be done away with. And that is what we have today, Not only an American Society, but a world wide society with no standards except what an individual thinks feels good for them. A world wide society that has adopted the evil actions that some engaged in hypocritically as the positive standard by which our actions and beliefs are to be judged. If we don't accept evil as a good then we are societies outcasts.
And for the record, I do not disagree with the church's position on abortion. But if Mitt Romney is sworn in as president in January 2013, abortion will not end overnight. So it is just not true that the lives of millions of unborn children hinges on voting against Obama. Romney is someone who has changed his political views so many times, it is impossible to know what he really believes or would do as president. But let's assume that he will try to appoint Supreme Court justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade. He may or may not get to appoint Supreme Court justices, depending on deaths and retirements of the sitting justices If he does, the people he appoints may or may not vote to overturn Roe versus Wade, no matter what Romney believed when he appointed them. If Roe vs. Wade gets overturned, the question of the legality of abortion would be left up to individual states. Some states would outlaw it, others would not. Women with more resources could travel to the states that allow it, just like before Roe v. Wade. So many abortions would still take place.
Even if EVERY state outlawed abortion, abortions would still take place. Desperate women would turn to back-alley abortionists or attempt do-it-yourself abortions and many would end up dying or infertile as a result. This is what happened before Roe vs. Wade.
Far FEWER abortions would take place if we have a system of affordable health care and so couples who do not follow Catholic teaching (and never will no matter who is elected or whether the HHS mandate is upheld or withdrawn) have access to contraception. I do not want to live in a society where any church would attempt to outlaw contraception for couples who do not share the same views. The church's teaching on contraception is beautiful, but I don't support mandating it on all of society. And if that were to happen, it would surely lead to MORE abortion, which I think most of us would agree would be a terrible thing.
I fundamentally disagree that this election is a simple matter of black and white. And I'm not even touching the social justice, environmental, and the dignity and rights of worker issues that are also at stake in this election.
You may think I am misguided, and feel free to pray for my soul (I need all of the help I can get!). But I hope that we can all be way more civil on these forums in the future, and respect the right of each person to educate himself or herself and vote his or her conscience.