Which candidates are pro-life?

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June 20, 2008


If elected President, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama would sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) into law. Both are co-sponsors of the bill (S.1173).

Now that Obama is the presumptive nominee of the Democrat Party, and efforts continue to promote Hillary Clinton as his running mate, 35 years of laws restricting and regulating the practice of abortion and upheld by the Supreme Court are in danger of being wiped off the books for decades.

According to the National Right to Life Committee, "The heart of the (FOCA) bill is a ban that would nullify all of the major types of pro-life laws that the Supreme Court has said are permissible under Roe v. Wade, including the ban on partial-birth abortions and bans on government funding of abortions."

The bill flatly invalidates any "statute, ordinance, regulation, administrative order, decision, policy, practice, or other action" of any federal, state, or local government or governmental official or any person acting under government authority that would "deny or interfere with a woman’s right to choose" abortion or that would "discriminate against the exercise of the right . . . in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information."

This no restriction policy would establish, in Senator Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) words, "the absolute right to choose" prior to fetal "viability." The no-restriction policy would also apply after "viability" to any abortion sought on the grounds of "health."

Please get this information out to every pro-life voter among your family members, friends, and colleagues.


QUESTION: How can John McCain defeat Barack Obama? ANSWER: John McCain can win in November if he energizes the pro-life, pro-family conservative base of the Republican Party so they will work hard and beat the bushes to get him elected.

LifeNews.com (6/13/08) reported that John McCain and assorted Catholic pro-life leaders met at Philadelphia’s Union League Club on Friday, June 13 to talk about establishing "outreach" to Catholic voters. Catholic columnist Deal Hudson, former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, former Vatican Ambassador and RNC Chairman Jim Nicholson, and Kansas Senator Sam Brownback were there, along with Priests for Life director Rev. Frank Pavone.

McCain cited the "stark contrast" between himself and Barack Obama on pro-life issues, according to Life News. He talked about his differences with Obama on taxpayer-funded abortions and the ban on partial-birth abortion.

Nowhere in the LifeNews report does it say that the Catholic pro-life leaders present at the meeting asked John McCain to make a public commitment that he would, as President, veto the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) if it makes its way to his desk. Nowhere does it say that the Catholic pro-life leaders present asked John McCain to reverse his long-held support for the killing of human embryos for scientific research, and for the taxpayer funding of such research. Nowhere does it say that the Catholic pro-life leaders present asked John McCain to reverse his position in support of legal abortion for babies conceived through rape or incest.

Catholic pro-life voters specifically, and pro-life voters in general, are waiting for real pro-life commitments from John McCain. Catholic pro-life leaders have an obligation to make him aware that firing up grassroots pro-lifers to do more than simply vote against Barack Obama on Election Day requires his promise to work for protection of all the babies, embryos included, and his promise to veto FOCA. Were these matters discussed at the Philadelphia meeting? If not, why not?

Never forget that YOU were once an embryo.

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