Pro-Life Senate Leader on Abortion, Human Cloning Considers Prez Bid

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 1, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 1, 2005

Washington, DC ( — A pro-life lawmaker who has been at the forefront of pro-life battles against abortion and human cloning is considering a presidential bid. Kansas Republican Senator Sam Brownback is making trips to Iowa and New Hampshire to assess his chances and support from key constituency groups within the party.

In a Thursday interview with the Associated Press, Brownback said he has not made a decision about whether he will run, but gauging support.

“I have met with a number of social conservatives and conservative leaders in Iowa and I’m exploring the options," Brownback said. “There’s a lot of interest in the topics that I’ve been pushing for some time."

With President Bush beginning his final term in office, both major party will have a free for all primary election battle to choose nominees for the 2008 presidential election. In the GOP, pro-life groups will work overtime to make sure the nominee is pro-life.

Brownback is one of about a dozen potential contenders out determining their prospects.

According to the AP report, he will be the keynote speak at an event hosted by Cornerstone Policy Research, a New Hampshire pro-life group that will be honoring state lawmakers in April.

Chuck Hurley, a former state legislator and president of the Iowa Family Policy Center, another pro-life group, is one of the senator’s top backers in the first caucus state.

“I am 100 percent behind him personally, in terms of a presidential bid,” Hurley told AP. "My friendship and my confidence in Sam as a leader is what’s driving me personally. Professionally, I think he’d do a great job on our issues.”

Brownback has made pro-life issues a hallmark of his tenure in the Senate.

The lawmakers is the primary sponsor of a Congressional ban on all forms of human cloning, including cloning used to create and destroy unborn children for their stem cells for research.

He is also carrying legislation to that would tell women that unborn children feel severe pain during a late-term abortion.

Brownback also found himself teaming up with Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist and Senator Rick Santorum, two other potential presidential candidates, to shepherd passage of a bill protecting Terri Schiavo.

"As a society, we must protect and show compassion for those who need it most," Brownback says.

While pro-abortion Republicans such as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and California Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar find their names plastered all over the press, Republicans are more likely going to coalesce around a pro-life candidate like Brownback.

Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and former Virginia Governor George Allen, now a senator, are two other possible pro-life candidates for president.