Which candidates are pro-life?

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September 7, 2007

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a social liberal in the tradition of the Hollywood elites, wants the platform of the California Republican Party changed so that all references to abortion and the inherent right to life are removed. LifeNews.com reported on September 5, 2007, that, "Schwarzenegger says he prefers to focus on other political issues where Republicans have more consensus, even though recent polls show Republicans are pro-life by more than a three-to-one margin.

The current language of the California Republican Party Platform says this:

The Sanctity of Life
We note Thomas Jefferson's sentiment that "the care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government," and that the United States Constitution guarantees no one "be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law." The CRP affirms its support for the protection of innocent human life at every stage, from the pre-born to the elderly, the infirm and the disabled.

As the Party for Life, we stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans who oppose taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion for sex selection. We oppose the heinous practice commonly known as partial-birth abortion and urge the State Legislature, the Congress and President to pass legislation to ban this procedure. To restore to the states the right to determine the abortion issue, we support the reversal of Roe v. Wade. We oppose efforts to legalize assisted suicide.

We support and strongly encourage positive alternatives to abortion such as adoption, which we will promote through legal reforms. We support the existence of pregnancy counseling centers throughout California that offer a private sector alternative during a crisis pregnancy. As well, we support parental consent as a prerequisite for any minor receiving family planning services or having an abortion.

Delegates to the 2007 California Republican Convention will assemble in Indian Wells September 7-9, where they will write a new platform. Will they let Governor Schwarzenegger get away with this, or will the pro-life Delegates stand and fight?

We remind our readers that, regardless of the views of various candidates, the Republican Party Platforms, at the state and national levels, provide a standard to which citizens can hold their elected officials accountable. As pro-life grassroots activists, WE are the LIFE of the PARTY! It was the infusion of pro-life Americans into the political process through the Republican Party that caused the election of Ronald Reagan and the resultant growth and dominance of the Republican Party throughout the 80s and 90s.

The strength of the CA Republican Party depends on Party pragmatists joining with pro-lifers to keep the pro-life plank, because without us, Republicans don't win elections.

1,300 Texas Republican activists met in Ft. Worth on Saturday, September 1, to participate in the first Republican Party of Texas straw poll. Because the Texas Presidential Primary is scheduled for March 4, long after the February 5 "Super Tuesday" primary date when at least 19 states will choose a candidate, the Straw Poll was designed to draw the presidential candidates to Texas to focus attention on their campaigns.

From the outset, the so-called "top-tier" candidates, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and John McCain chose not to participate, possibly out of concern that their views on issues do not reflect those of the pro-life, conservative majority of Texas Republicans. Closer to the date of the poll, Mike Huckabee, Tom Tancredo, and Sam Brownback decided not to attend. Fred Thompson was not an announced candidate at that time and did not attend. However, all of them were listed on the ballot, along with attendees Duncan Hunter, Ron Paul, Ray McKinney, John Cox, and Hugh Cort.

McKinney, Cox and Cort are just blips on the political radar screen — Mr. McKinney is an ordinary American who holds a job and cares about our country whose basic common sense earned him several standing ovations from the crowd. Mr. Cox, a wealthy and successful businessman from Illinois impressed the crowd with his knowledge and sensible solutions to some of the challenges America is facing. Mr. Cort, a counter-terrorism expert, used the opportunity to inform the Delegates of the very real threats to our safety here at home from Islamic terrorists. It was clear that Republicans who went to Ft. Worth were energized by those men who presented themselves not as politicians, but as real people who are deeply concerned about the issues we care about.

Duncan Hunter made an excellent presentation, inspiring confidence that he is fully capable of protecting the safety and security of our country and the American people. Ron Paul made a strong appeal to his large group of followers, many of whom were not eligible to vote.

Results of the Texas Straw Poll
41.1%Duncan Hunter (534 votes)
.77% John Cox (10 votes)
20.5% Fred Thompson (266 votes)
.62% John McCain (8 votes)
16.17%Ron Paul (217 votes)
.46% Sam Brownback (6 votes)
6.4%Mike Huckabee(83 votes)
.46%Tom Tancredo(6 votes)
6% Rudy Giuliani(78 votes)
.23% Hugh Cort(3 votes)
4.7% Mitt Romney (61 votes)
2.2% Ray McKinney (28 votes)

PLEASE READ The RNC for Life Report 
Many of you have asked for our analysis of the pro-life positions of the candidates currently seeking the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. Itís all here in the Winter-2007 edition of the RNC for Life Report, entitled Will the Republican Nominee Respect Us in the Morning?

Please read it and pass it along to your pro-life friends and family members. If you would like to order extra copies for Republican and pro-life events, please call us at 1-618-462-5415 to place an order. If you would like to subscribe to the Report which comes out four times a year, send $15 to RNC/Life, P.O. Box 618, Alton, Illinois 62002. Thank you!

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