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January 16, 2008
  

Republican Primary Contests Remain a Mixed Bag
Life Issues May Determine South Carolina Outcome

Michigan Primary results yielded a victory for Mitt Romney with no clear front-runner in sight. The Romney win, along with Mike Huckabee's victory in Iowa and John McCain's win in New Hampshire make for a most interesting contest in South Carolina on Saturday, January 19, where they all will compete along with Fred Thompson, whose campaign desperately needs a win there.

In terms of Delegates to the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney leads with 36, followed by McCain who has 19, and Huckabee with 18. 1,191 Delegates are required for a candidate to win the Republican presidential nomination.

Republican Primary voters in South Carolina are, in general, pro-life and pro-family Americans who support the national Platform of the Republican Party. We are keenly aware that our next president will face many daunting challenges, both at home and all over the world. Voters are weighing the economic and foreign policy issues of illegal immigration and terrorism, taxation, the war in Iraq and instability in the Middle East, as well as the social/cultural issues of abortion, respect for the human embryo, homosexual marriage, and the degradation of the culture.

There is no question that all of these issues matter. But it is our opinion that voters who put first the restoration of respect and legal protection of the fundamental right to life from conception, do not consider the right to life a "single" issue, but a "qualifying" issue. The question to be asked by pro-lifers is, "does candidate X, based on his or her respect for innocent human life, qualify to be considered worthy of my vote?"

Mike Huckabee is unabashedly committed to the pro-life cause. He mentions the right to life consistently on the campaign trail and has pledged to advance the pro-life agenda if he is elected President.

Mitt Romney has a lifetime record of public support for legal abortion. His recent conversion to the pro-life cause is welcome, as far as it goes. But it doesn't go far enough. Mr. Romney supports research on human embryos "left over" from in vitro fertilization treatments.

John McCain supports abortion for babies conceived through rape or incest and is an outspoken supporter of embryonic stem cell research, having voted to extend federal funding for such experiments.

Fred Thompson has the endorsement of National Right to Life Committee and several of its affiliates around the country, yet he hasn't returned the favor. Mr. Thompson has refused to endorse the primary goal of the pro-life movement, the pursuit of a human life amendment to the U.S. Constitution instead preferring to leave the matter to the states. He has said he does not support the pro-life plank in the Republican National Platform, but after that comment raised a firestorm of negative response, he decided he would not fight its re-adoption at the Convention.

Rudy Giuliani, who is spending all his time and money trying to inspire Floridians to choose him in their January 29th Primary, has been and remains solidly pro-abortion.


ADDENDUM

FaxNotes inadvertently neglected to include presidential candidate Ron Paul in our listing of the views on life issues of those competing in the South Carolina Primary tomorrow.

Congressman Paul is well known among pro-lifers as a staunch supporter of the pro-life cause in the U.S. House of Representatives. As an obstetrician/gynecologist by profession, he has delivered over 4,000 babies. He supports a human life amendment to the U.S. Constitution and has introduced and sponsored pro-life legislation throughout his congressional career.

We apologize to Ron Paul and his pro-life supporters for our error and thank them for calling it to our attention.

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