John McCain Talks Pro-Life Values in South Carolina, Catholic Group Doubtful

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 16, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 16,

Greensville, SC ( — Now that the campaign has shifted to South Carolina, where pro-life voters make up a significant percentage of the Republican vote, Sen. John McCain is starting to talk more about the issue of abortion. McCain noted his pro-life views during a Wednesday speech but one pro-life Catholic group has its doubts about the Arizona senator.

“The first thing I want to tell you is that I’m proud of my pro-life record of 24 years in the United States Congress,” he told a crowd in Greenville.

“I believe in protecting the rights of the unborn," he said, according to an MSNBC report.

"I have a consistent, unwavering voting record and I believe some of the most sacred words ever uttered were that ‘All of us are created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights’ among these are life, that applies to the life of the unborn as well as the born," he explained.

McCain also said he is committed to appointing judges who will uphold the law rather than making it up from the bench — a typical overture to pro-life voters who want Roe v. Wade overturned.

“As president, I will nominate the closest thing to a clone of Justice Roberts I can find," he promised.

But Brian Burch, the president of the Catholic pro-life group Fidelis, told on Wednesday that it has doubts about McCain’s pro-life views.

“Social conservatives remain unconvinced whether John McCain is truly committed to the fundamental issues of life," Burch said.

"In the face of new developments on stem cell research, McCain continues to support using taxpayer dollars to fund embryo-killing research," he explained. "Values voters are looking for strong leadership in defense of life … and John McCain has yet to show how he will lead on these issues."

McCain will need to do more to reach out to pro-life voters as Michigan exit polls showed Mitt Romney got 45 percent of the pro-life vote there, Mike Huckabee received 25 percent and McCain only received 11 percent.

“John McCain runs the risk of making the same mistake he made in 2000: appealing to independents while alienating conservatives,” said Burch. “Until McCain can convince social conservatives that he is prepared to lead on these issues, values voters rightly will remain cautious."