Which candidates are pro-life?
A Publication of the Republican National Coalition for Life FALL 2007 — No. 65

The Republican Party Was Founded on the Principle That No Human Being
Should be Considered the Property of Another

What Can A Pro-Life President Do To Protect Life? 

By Colleen Parro

If we had a pro-life Republican president he would be to life what most Democrats are to death. He would be as passionate about ending the grave injustice of abortion as Abraham Lincoln was about ending slavery. He would be willing to publicly acknowledge that the tiniest human being, the human embryo, is a creation of God and entitled to protection under the U.S. Constitution. He would endorse and support our efforts to end legal abortion in our country.

That is the kind of president we want.

There are certain conservative talk show hosts and others who claim to be prolife who have apparently decided to allow other public policy agenda items to trump the life issues in the 2008 election. They claim, falsely, that there is little a President can do with respect to abortion and the other life issues other than nominate "strict constructionists" to the Supreme Court, a notion that is designed to give comfort to those of us who have fought for 35 years to restore legal protection of the right to life under the U.S. Constitution. They make this claim because they seem to think it gives them cover for their decision to abandon their previous commitment to the right to life as the qualifying issue when it comes to supporting a Presidential candidate.

That claim isn't true. There is much a President can do to advance the pro-life cause, just as there is much a President can do to undermine it.

A Pro-Life President Can: 

  • Endorse and promote a human life amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

  • Veto the Freedom of Choice Act — This law, which the Democrats are poised to pass if they win control of Congress in 2008, would nullify every pro-life piece of legislation passed in the past 35 years.

  • Issue a new executive order banning all research involving the killing of human embryos.

  • Veto legislation that would expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

  • Commit to a policy on presidential appointments that requires those under consideration to support the legal protection of all human beings, from the embryo to the elderly.

  • Call for the enactment of legislation declaring the unborn child a person under the law.

  • Commit to appoint nominees to the Supreme Court and federal courts who support the restoration of legal protection of the right to life from the embryo to the elderly and infirm.

  • Instruct the U.S. delegation to the United Nations to support only pro-life activities in foreign countries.

  • Issue an executive order banning all federal involvement in abortion, abortion-related services, all population control programs domestic and foreign, and back it up with legislation that would do the same.

  • Order all cabinet members and offices of the Executive Branch to deny grants or contracts to any and all agencies, grantees, or contractors that are involved in any way with abortion, abortion related services, or population control measures including drugs and/or chemicals that can cause abortions.

  • Introduce legislation to codify Attorney General John Ashcroft's ruling of Nov. 9, 2001 that "prescribing, dispensing, or administering federally controlled substances to assist suicide violates the Controlled Substances Act" because "assisting suicide is not a 'legitimate medical purpose.'"

  • Issue an Executive Order denying federal funds to any state that funds state institutions that engage in human embryo experiments, experiments in human cloning, in altering the genetic code, in creating human/animal chimeras, or experiments in the creation of non-human artificial life forms.

  • Submit legislation to Congress that would codify the denial of federal funds to public or private institutions that engage in human embryo experiments, experiments in human cloning, altering the genetic code, creation of human/animal chimeras, or creation of non-human artificial life forms.

  • Draft a budget with no funding for any of the above programs or agencies.

  • Commit to veto any and all appropriations bills that include the above programs or agencies.

  • Order the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct research on:

    • Health-related concerns of abortion

    • The long-term consequences of abortion

    • The National Cancer Institute's denial of the link between abortion and breast cancer

    • The real effect of population growth in developing countries.

  • Commit the support of the White House to all pro-life legislation that does not discriminate against any human being regardless of his/her age or stage of development or circumstances of conception.

Are you supporting a Presidential Candidate? What specific pro-life commitments has he made to you in order to gain your support? Do you have it in writing? Please let us know.

2008 Presidential Candidates' Positions on Life Issues
(Listed Alphabetically)

RUDOLPH GIULIANI — "I'm pro-choice. I'm pro-gay rights," Giuliani said. He was then asked whether he supports a ban on what critics call partial-birth abortion. "No, I have not supported that, and I don't see my position on that changing," he responded. (CNN.com, Inside Politics, Dec. 2, 1999) Now that he is running for president he says he would support the PBA ban, but only if it has a life-of-the-mother exception, (Hannity and Colmes, 2/5/07) even though there is clear evidence that killing a baby during delivery by stabbing him in the back of the neck and sucking out his brains is never medically necessary.

In a 1989 conversation with Phil Donahue, Giuliani said he would "uphold a woman's right of choice," "fund abortion so that a poor woman is not deprived of a right that others can exercise," and "oppose going back to a day in which abortions were illegal." When Donahue asked him what advice he would give his daughter if she became pregnant, he said . . . "if the ultimate choice of the woman — my daughter or any other woman — would be that in this particular circumstance she had to have an abortion, I'd support that. I'd give my daughter the money for it."

MIKE HUCKABEE — The former Governor of Arkansas supports passage of a constitutional amendment to protect the right to life, and that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. As Governor, he supported and signed legislation banning partial-birth abortion, requiring parental consent before abortion on a minor, requiring informed consent for the mother prior to an abortion, and other laws regulating or restricting the practice of abortion. He would eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions. He supports "A Woman's Right to Know" legislation.

DUNCAN HUNTER — Rep. Hunter is serving his 14th term as Congressman from the 52nd District of California. He is the immediate past-Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. In an interview with Human Events (12/4/06) Rep. Hunter was asked, "What would you do about abortion if you were President?" He responded, "I'd do everything I could to work toward doing everything we could to eliminate abortion." When asked, "What sort of people would you name to the United States Supreme Court?" he answered, "I would name people who have a sensitivity toward human life." Congressman Hunter is the author and chief sponsor of the Right to Life Act (H.R. 618) introduced on January 22, 2007. The bill would "implement equal protection under the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution for the right to life of each born and pre-born person."

ALAN KEYES — Ambassador Alan Keyes served in the Reagan administration as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and Assistant Secretary of State. He has run for President twice before, in 1996 and 2000. He is a staunch pro-life advocate who travels the country speaking for pro-life organizations to raise awareness of the breakdown of American cultural and family life. He is a brilliant and articulate spokesman for the cause of life.

JOHN McCAIN — Sen. McCain has voted to restrict or regulate the practice of abortion and, although he says Roe v. Wade should be overturned and returned to the states, he justifies abortion for babies conceived through rape or incest and has endorsed legislation that would expand federal funding for research that kills human embryos. He voted for the ban on partial-birth abortion.

RON PAUL — Rep. Paul is a physician who has practiced medicine for over 40 years, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. He is the author of legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception (H.R. 1094). He is also the prime sponsor of H.R. 300, which would negate the effect of Roe v. Wade by removing the ability of federal courts to interfere with state legislation to protect life. Congressman Paul has also authored H.R. 1095, which prevents federal funds to be used for so-called "population control." He opposes using taxpayer funding for both embryonic and non-embryonic stem cell research.

Ron Paul was the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988 and his libertarian views conflicted at times with his pro-life stance. For instance, from 2005 2006, Paul had just a 56 percent pro-life voting record as he voted four times against a federal law protecting teenagers from being taken to other states for secret abortions in violation of the parental notification or consent laws of their home state. (LIFENEWS.com)

MITT ROMNEY — Mitt Romney ran against Ted Kennedy for the U.S. Senate in 1994 as a pro-choice candidate. As a candidate for Governor in 2002, he answered Planned Parenthood and NARAL questionnaires saying he supported "the substance of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade and, "I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose . . . women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government's." Now that he is running for President, Mr. Romney has done an "about face" and, after 35 years of legal abortion in this country and a political career as an enthusiastic pro-choicer, he has just seen the light and is now "pro-life."

While he opposes the creation of human embryos for research purposes, Romney supports killing human embryos left over from IVF treatments for research purposes as long as the parents give their consent.

TOM TANCREDO — Although he is best known among conservatives for his leadership on immigration policy, Congressman Tancredo is solidly pro-life. NARAL gives him a 0% score on legislation related to life issues. (http://www.issues2000.org/House/Tom_Tancredo.htm) His website says this: "Throughout my public career I have always maintained a deeply held conviction that abortion compromises the sanctity of human life. Tragically, our nation has ignored our founding principle that all individuals have a right to life and in doing so has failed to protect the most vulnerable among us, unborn boys and girls. I do not support federal funds going to Planned Parenthood or any other organization that promotes abortion. I will continue to do everything in my power to protect the defenseless, and to end the practice of abortion."

FRED THOMPSON — Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, when asked by Tim Russert on the November 4, 2007 edition of "Meet the Press" if he could "run as a candidate" on the Republican Party Platform that supports a human life amendment to the Constitution, answered "No." He thinks Roe v. Wade was a bad decision and should be overturned, but the legality of abortion should be decided on a state-by-state basis. While a Senator, Fred Thompson consistently voted for legislation that would restrict or regulate the practice of abortion, but his rejection of a human life amendment is a clear indication that restoring legal protection under the Constitution to innocent human beings from conception until natural death is not his goal. He says abortion should not be "criminalized."

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