by Steven Ertelt
February 11, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A Catholic pro-life group has issued an endorsement for John McCain, the Arizona senator who appears likely to become the Republican presidential nominee. The political action committee for Fidelis says McCain is pro-life on abortion and calls the pro-abortion positions of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton "disastrous."
Brian Burch, the group’s president, told LifeNews.com on Monday that his organization is joining "a growing chorus of conservatives" in backing McCain.
"Fidelis believes McCains pro-life record [and] his commitment to selecting judges who will respect the Constitution … merit the support of Catholics," Burch said. "We are proud to stand with him as he prepares for a very difficult election ahead."
Although some pro-life advocates have expressed doubt or continue to support GOP candidates Mike Huckabee or Ron Paul, Burch said McCain has a pro-life stance on abortion that pro-life advocates can appreciate.
Senator McCain has amassed a strong pro-life voting record in the United States Senate," he told LifeNews.com.
"He has repeatedly called for the overturn of Roe v. Wade, and has pledged to nominate judges that will exercise judicial restraint, and respect the Constitution," the Catholic pro-life advocate added.
McCain has come under fire from pro-life groups for supporting embryonic stem cell research funding, but Burch says the senator may re-evaluate his views in light of new scientific advances.
"Fidelis has lobbied the Senator for over a year, and believes the recent advancements in science likely make this issue obsolete," Burch explained. "Since the scientific breakthroughs, Senator McCain has signaled he is prepared to reassess embryo destructive research altogether."
McCain will face either Clinton or Obama in the November election and both Democrats strongly support abortion, funding of abortion and embryonic stem cell research, and judges who will keep abortion in place for another 35 years.
Those stakes, Burch said, "are too large to ignore."
"Abortion supporters are awaiting the opportunity to eliminate eight years of progress on pro-life legislation by electing a President who supports abortion," Burch says.
"There are six justices on the Supreme Court over the age of 68, and granting a President Hillary or President Obama the opportunity to fill possible vacancies would be disastrous," he concluded.