House GOP Leadership Campaign Has Three Pro-Life Candidates on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 25, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 25, 2006

Washington, DC ( — Three pro-life congressmen are campaigning to replace Rep. Tom DeLay as the number two Republican in the House of Representatives. All three lawmakers oppose abortion and have compiled strong pro-life records, and they’re each touting their credentials.

Reps. John Boehner of Ohio, John Shadegg of Arizona and Roy Blunt of Missouri are each putting up their pro-life voting records as a reason for members of the GOP caucus in the House to support them for position of House majority leader.

According to a Washington Times report, Boehner referred to his pro-life views in a letter to members of the Values Action Team, a group of pro-life lawmakers.

"It is a commitment I have felt deeply throughout my life and a commitment I will uphold unapologetically," he said about his pro-life belief.

Meanwhile, two Shadegg supporters, pro-life Reps. Jim Ryun of Kansas and Mark Souder of Indiana, circulated a letter saying Shadegg opposed a 2002 bankruptcy bill with an abortion-related provision that would have negatively targeted pro-life protesters.

"John Shadegg stood up under pressure and helped to defeat a bill that would have had terrible consequences for the pro-life movement," they wrote.

On Monday, Blunt appeared a the annual March for Life and was one of the speakers before tens of thousands of pro-life advocates at the pre-march rally.

He told those attending that he believes life should be protected from conception to natural death. Having been in the number three Republican leadership position, he said he has been a part of a team that has passed more pro-life legislation than any other session of Congress.

According to the National Right to Life Committee, all three congressmen have 100% pro-life voting records on abortion and bioethics issues.

Last year, Shadegg was not present for the special vote to support Terri Schiavo’s parents in their legal efforts to prevent their daughter’s euthanasia death. Lawmakers were out of town at the time the vote was called and only about two-thirds of the House and Senate returned for the vote.