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April 12, 2006
2008 Looms Ahead – Will Pro-Life Conservatives Have a Horse in This Race? – Part III 

[ Editor’s Note: Below is a re-print of RNC/Life FaxNotes, August 1, 2005]

Senator Bill Frist Has Never Been Pro-Life 
Many pro-lifers across the country are shocked and disappointed that Senator Bill Frist has joined hands with pro-abortion Senator Arlen Specter and called for passage of the Castle/Specter bill (H.R. 810 / S.471) which would expand taxpayer funding of scientific research that involves the killing of human embryos beyond the Bush administration’s limit to only those embryos killed prior to August 9, 2001.

Unfortunately, many people live in some sort of dream world in which they think if a politician says he’s pro-life it must be true. Never mind that Senator Frist justifies abortion for babies conceived through rape or incest. After all, he says he’s pro-life. Never mind that he has repeatedly and publicly stated his support for embryonic stem cell research. After all, he says he’s pro-life. When he announced his support for Castle/Specter, he followed by shamelessly claiming, once again, that he is pro-life. Perhaps he thinks that, regardless of what he does, if he says he’s pro-life often enough people will overlook his egregious disregard for innocent human beings at their earliest stage of development.

When Senator Frist chaired the Platform Committee of the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York, Cathie Adams who, along with Kelly Shackelford, represented Texas on the Committee, offered an amendment banning research that involves the killing of human embryos. She felt it was important to raise the issue and debate it that year so that the public would know that pro-life Republicans are not satisfied with current administration policy on embryonic stem cell research. But, because an estimated 75% of the Committee members were Republican officials of some sort, the Bush campaign exerted almost absolute control so that nothing went into the Platform that they didn’t approve. And they did not want the Party on record in support of a total ban. Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, who chaired the Committee, managed to table the amendment so that no debate could take place.

Later that week in New York, Senator Frist was the featured speaker at a large gathering of pro-life conservatives at the Plaza Hotel. During that speech, he declared himself pro-life once again, and talked about how life begins at conception and is deserving of protection and respect. Having watched him dispatch the embryonic stem cell research amendment just that week, I was curious to read what he had to say about the subject in his newly published biography, “Healing America” that was made available at the event. And this is what he said: “After grappling with the issue scientifically, ethically and morally, I conclude that both embryonic and adult stem cell research should be federally funded within a carefully regulated, fully transparent framework. This framework must ensure the highest level of respect for the moral significance of the human embryo…” [How do you do that and kill him/her at the same time?]

Bill Frist recognizes the scientific fact that an embryo is a unique and distinct human being, yet, as long as the parents are willing to donate their children to science, he says – go for it – and let the taxpayers, millions of whom consider ESCR a crime against humanity, foot the bill!

Senator Bill Frist is not pro-life. That is a fact. Any Senator who votes for Specter/Castle is not pro-life. Remember, it’s not what they say, it’s what they do that counts.

Senator Frist should entertain no illusions about running for President in 2008. He has just formed an unholy alliance with one of the most unelectable former presidential candidates in the nation, Arlen Specter. He should expect to share the same fate.

Please visit our web site for more on this subject. http://www.rnclife.org/faxnotes/2001/july01/01-07-20.shtml

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