by Steven Ertelt
June 17, 2007
Kansas City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Sen. Sam Brownback was one of three Republican presidential candidates to address the National Right to Life convention Friday at a forum for those seeking the GOP nomination. He said that, as president, he would like to nominate the next Supreme Court justice who could provide the fifth vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“We’re one vote shy on the Supreme Court. I want to be the president to appoint that justice,“ the GOP contender said.
Brownback is one of the Republican candidates at the bottom of presidential polls but he’s widely perceived as the strongest pro-life candidate of the bunch because of the leadership he’s shown on pro-life issues in Congress and his emphasis on them in his campaign.
With a couple hundred attendees from Kansas and Missouri and support from many in the pro-life community, Brownback received a hearty applause from the audience.
"This feels like a hometown crowd," the Kansas exclaimed.
Playing up his credentials, Brownback said, "I’ve been fighting this fight for a long time and I believe in it and I think it’s the central social, moral issue of our day."
"I’d say, ‘Look at me first.’ I’m somebody who’s been consistent,” Brownback said about pro-life voters who are considering other candidates.
Brownback pumped up the attendees saying they were on their way to victory and not to give up on the fight to end abortion.
"We are going to win the fight for life,” the senator said.
Brownback said he’s strongly pro-life but indicated that the position involves more than just opposition to abortion and that pro-life advocates need to oppose human cloning and embryonic stem cell research as well because it involves the destruction of human life.
He also encouraged the audience to be “pro-life, whole life” by extending pro-life concerns to other people such as the victims of human rights abuses in Darfur.
He admonished the pro-life community to pray for women who have abortions or are considering one and for the people who do abortions that their hearts may be open to stopping.
"Those who disagree with us on abortion are in need of our love and prayers," he added.