John McCain Mailer to South Carolina Touts Adoption Over Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 11, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

John McCain Mailer to South Carolina Touts Adoption Over Abortion

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 11,

Columbia, SC ( — Competing with Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson for pro-life votes in South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate John McCain has sent voters there a mailing that emphasizes his position of adoption over abortion. McCain hasn’t typically burnished his position against abortion but feels he needs to do so to capture the pro-life vote.

He is using the image of his adoptive daughter to show his pro-life views and the mailing depicts his wife Cindy holding the baby in a blanket.

Cindy is shown walking with a woman from Mother Teresa’s orphanage, according to an AP report.

"Cindy cradles little Bridget, a baby she and John adopted in 1993 from Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Bangladesh. Bridget has been a great blessing to the McCain family," the mailing says. "Today, Cindy and John work together to promote adoption and to help women facing crisis pregnancies."

The Associated Press said the mailing went to South Carolina voters on Thursday.

The daughter, Bridget McCain, is a 15-year-old and one of two babies Mother Teresa convinced Cindy McCain to take back to the United States after a visit.

South Carolina spokesman B.J. Boling told AP, "The mailer was intended to talk about John McCain’s pro-life record and his promotion of adoption, which it does."

McCain has a strong pro-life voting record when it comes to abortion and has said he supports reversing Roe v Wade, a change from his position about eight years ago.

However, he supports embryonic stem cell research funding with taxpayer dollars — something that separates him from other candidates like Huckabee and Thompson who oppose such federal funding.

Mitt Romney and Ron Paul also both oppose abortion and embryonic stem cell research funding but Romney supports the research in limited circumstances. Rudy Giuliani is the only pro-abortion candidate on the Republican side.