The Washington Post moments ago published a story about Obama's abortion position. According to the story "Evangelical Christian leaders of TheCall DC, a large youth prayer rally slated for Saturday on the Mall, criticized presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama on Friday for his liberal votes on abortion.
"We're not endorsing a candidate," lead organizer Lou Engle said. "We're challenging politicians who say they're Christian but have voted 100 percent for late-term abortions and partial-birth abortions."
He added, "I don't want to be courted by his Christianity or his charisma, but by his voting record." (End quote)
Do you vote for politicians based on your values? Whether you know it or not, you vote every day with your values. You vote where you work, where you spend and donate money, and where you invest. Many people have strong values, yet neglect to include their values in their financial portfolios.
Are you pro-life or pro-abortion? Are your investments pro-life or pro-abortion? Do you even know? A typical mutual fund has exposure to many companies involved in various capacities within the abortion industry. Here are eight examples:
Abortion Companies can fall into eight main categories:
1) Companies manufacturing substances that are used to voluntarily terminate pregnancy.
2) Companies manufacturing emergency substances that are taken within 120 hours after intercourse to prevent unintended pregnancy.
3) Companies manufacturing non-emergency contraceptives including barrier, chemical, hormonal, or hybrid contraceptives.
4) Companies involved in the marketing or licensing of abortion related substances or services.
5) Companies that provide voluntary abortion services.
6) Companies providing monetary and other forms of support to Planned Parenthood.
7) Companies doing research that involves performing fetal tissue research with tissues "harvested" through induced abortions.
8) Companies providing insurance for elective abortions when not mandated by law.
If you desire your portfolio to be pro-life, it will take some effort on your part. There are many resources to find out where you are investing. Turning a blind eye doesn't make it go away. Take a stand and find out if your portfolio reflects your values. Either use online tools to research your portfolio or seek the services of a financial professional who specializes in helping clients incorporate their values into their financial plan. Four great online screening resources include www.moralmoney.com, www.evalueator.com, www.briinstitute.com, and www.iwfinancial.com. To find a faith-based financial advisor in your area, you can also go to www.kingdomadvisors.org or www.nacfc.com.
To learn more about faith-based financial planning read The Faith-Based Millionaire. You can download the first three chapters for free on www.jayperoni.com