Pro-Life Advocate Says Top Republicans for President Not Good Enough

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 13, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 13
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — A leading pro-life advocate says she doesn’t think any of the top three Republican presidential candidates are sufficiently strong enough on abortion and other pro-life issues. Janet Folger, a talk show host and founder of the Faith 2 Action group, urges pro-life voters to look further down the polling results for better candidates.

In a recent opinion column, Folger says it’s obvious that pro-life advocates can’t support someone like Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

She says both are disqualified because of their views on issues like partial birth abortions — they oppose a ban — but she singles out Obama for special criticism.

"O’Bama actually argued against the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act – he doesn’t even want kids who are BORN to have any protection," Folger says.

But the Republican side doesn’t bring Folger any more happiness.

She called Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who tops most polls, a "Republican in Name Only" who is "pro-abortion" which makes him "disqualified" to be president.

However, Folger doesn’t care for John McCain or Mitt Romney either.

On McCain, who recently announced he supports overturning Roe v. Wade, Folger suggests that pro-life advocates "ask Wisconsin Right to Life what they think about John McCain" because of his support of campaign finance reform that limited the activities of pro-life groups.

"He just sued them for having the audacity to ask people to lobby Congress on giving judicial candidates an up or down vote. John doesn’t want to let people participate in our representative form of government during his federally mandated gag rule," Folger said.

Folger also bashed McCain on judges as well saying he "led the "gang of 14" who stood in the way of breaking the judicial filibuster."

Folger says Romney is no better because he made a "convenient flip from his ardent pro-abortion stance just in time to run for president." She also criticized him for including taxpayer funded abortions in his state health care plan not long before he left office.

"It just seems to me that if you really come to the realization that dismembering children is not good public policy, you’d remember not to FUND it with taxpayer dollars in your state health-care plan … after such a conversion," Folger wrote.

Instead of the top three Republicans, Folger suggests pro-life advocates look at lesser-known candidates like Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Tom Tancredo of Colorado, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Folger says Brownback has "a proven record of battling for life, liberty and the family in the Senate. He’s been there taking the hits."

"We’ve seen the results of compromise," Folger concludes. "Now we need to throw away the straw and start building a house out of the brick values that won’t blow away in the first storm … or Supreme Court appointment."