by Steven Ertelt
January 9, 2008
Helena, MT (LifeNews.com) — The leading pro-life organization in Montana has announced its endorsement of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to receive the Republican nomination for president. Right to Life of Montana is the third statewide pro-life group to give the winner of the Iowa caucus its support.
Gregg Trude, the executive director of the organization first informed LifeNews.com of its plans to back Huckabee.
“We’re proud to announce our endorsement of Governor Huckabee,” he said.
“Mike Huckabee has been a leader in upholding the value of human life," Trude explained. "As our next president, Mike Huckabee will support the passage of a constitutional amendment to protect the right to life. He will also appoint judges that will support overturning Roe v. Wade.”
“Unlike Clinton, Obama or Edwards, Mike Huckabee would sign common sense legislation such as a continuation of stopping taxpayer funding of abortion, and limiting assisted suicide” Trude added.
Right to Life of Montana pointed to Huckabee’s record as governor as a key reason for the endorsement.
Huckabee supported Arkansas Amendment 68 in his state, a measure that will take effect the moment that Roe vs. Wade is reversed and prohibit abortions there.
In 2005, Huckabee signed a parental consent bill and in March 2003 Huckabee signed a ban on human cloning. Huckabee also signed a bill in 2003 authorizing the sale of Choose Life license plates.
In addition to opposing abortion he also opposes embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life.
“That’s why Right to Life of Montana urges strong support for Mike Huckabee," Trude concluded.
The endorsement puts the Montana pro-life group in league with its sister organization Georgia Right to Life. A Michigan group called Michigan Chooses Life has endorsed Huckabee as well.
Life Decisions International and Tom Glessner, a leading pro-life attorney who works with crisis pregnancy centers, have backed Huckabee, too.
Fred Thompson has received the endorsement of the most Right to Life groups including the national organization, its affiliates in South Carolina and New Hampshire and Right to Life groups in North Carolina, California, Minnesota, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and New York.
Jim Bopp, a highly-regarded attorney, and Dr. Jack Willke, widely considered to be one of the founders of the pro-life movement, have backed Mitt Romney.
Several of the organizations making endorsements have said they oppose Rudy Giuliani’s attempt to win the GOP nomination because of his pro-abortion position.