by Steven Ertelt
January 28, 2008
Nashville, TN (LifeNews.com) — Tennessee Right to Life, on Monday, became the next pro-life group to issue an endorsement for Mike Huckabee — the former Arkansas governor many pro-life advocates consider the strongest pro-life candidate on the GOP side. As LifeNews.com has reported, Tennessee joins its sister affiliates in Missouri, Arizona, Georgia and Montana.
Tennessee is one of the states with a primary election on Super Tuesday and Tennessee Right to Life officials told LifeNews.com on Monday they hope Republicans will side with Huckabee.
The strength of Governor Huckabees public record on matters concerning the protection of human life and strong support among the organizations grassroots members were key to making the decision, they said.
The beauty of a grassroots organization is that your members set the priorities, the group’s president Brian Harris said. For pro-life Tennesseans, the election of a sincere, proven pro-life president is paramount."
Our members recognize Mike Huckabee as one of us and that enthusiasm is driven by his demonstrated record of leadership and sacrifice toward the shared cause of protecting life, Harris added.
Like other state Right to Life groups behind Huckabee, Harris said his record on pro-life legislation in Arkansas helped make the difference.
There, Huckabee signed bills banning partial-birth abortion, protecting the rights of parents to help their teenage daughters avoid abortions, and protecting pregnant women and their unborn children like Laci Peterson from acts of violence.
Governor Huckabee also supports ethical stem cell research but opposes destructive embryonic stem cell research. He was the second governor in the country to sign into law a ban on human cloning and that went over well with the pro-life group.
What I accomplished as Governor proves that there is a lot more that a pro-life president can do than wait for a Supreme Court vacancy, and I will do everything I can to promote a pro-life agenda and pass pro-life legislation, Huckabee has said.
If I am saddled with a Democrat Congress, I’ll veto any pro-abortion legislation they pass. I will staff all relevant positions with pro-life appointees. I will use the Bully Pulpit to change hearts and minds, to move this country from a culture of death to a culture of life," Huckabee added.
Related web sites:
Tennessee Right to Life – https://www.tnrtl.org