by Steven Ertelt
January 31, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Senator Sam Brownback, the pro-life Kansas lawmaker, spoke with LifeNews.com on Thursday and said that election 2008 is primary a battle over abortion and judges. He says the pro-life movement has to step up and be involved because the results of the presidential race could determine the abortion outcome for 35 more years.
"The next president is probably going to determiner for the foreseeable future whether or not Roe is overturned," Brownback said in a Thursday interview. "That’s how important this next presidency is."
"If it’s someone on the GOP side, any of the GOP nominees would appoint one or two justices ho do not find a constitutional right to an abortion and I believe Roe would be overturned," Brownback told LifeNews.com.
"if it’s one of the Democrats, they will appoint activist judges who will not overturn Roe and we will be two to three judges away from overturning it," the senator added. "This is I believe the pro-life issue in the upcoming campaign."
Brownback has endorsed Arizona senator John McCain and he says he’s confident McCain will oppose abortion and appoint judges the pro-life movement could live with if he becomes president.
"I’d say look at the record, the 24-year pro-life voting record," Brownback said and he pointed to McCain’s votes for John Roberts and Samuel Alito to become Supreme Court justices.
Brownback said McCain has been "consistently saying on the stump that he will look for people in the exact same model as Robets and Alito to appoint to the court. That’s the key issue here."
The Kansas lawmaker said he was pleased by the turnout of the March for Life and said he is confident the pro-life movement has great reasons for hope for the future.
"I think it was the biggest one I’ve ever seen aid it was 70-80 percent under the age of 25, so it was a young, big March for Life," Brownback explained. "I hope people feel the successes we’re getting done including the lowest abortion rates since 1976.
"The efforts of pro-lifers are making a difference. The abortion rates are still too high, but we are seeing a fall from 1990 to 2006 and the number of abortions are down 25 percent," Brownback said.
"It sounds like a big number, but each one of those abortions — every one of those is a sacred child that is here that probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the pro-life community," Brownback added. "Now 1.2 million abortions is way, way too many being killed but we hope people are feeling that their effort is paying off."