Pro-Life Republican Group Wants John McCain to Expand on Abortion Platform OK

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 19, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Republican Group Wants John McCain to Expand on Abortion Platform OK Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 19
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Another pro-life group is responding to comments presidential candidate John McCain made last week saying he would keep the pro-life plank in the Republican Party’s platform. McCain told a television program he would continue the party’s tradition of advocating personhood for unborn children and a human life amendment.

As reported, McCain answered "yes" when Fox News Channel’s Hannity and Colmes host Sean Hannity asked him if he would "leave the pro-life language in the platform."

Hannity included mention of a marriage amendment as well and McCain spent his response discussing that and didn’t return to the question of the pro-life platform.

On Monday, Family Research Council Action senior vice president Connie Mackey told her group wants a stronger and more enunciated stance from McCain.

Today, Colleen Parro of the Republican National Coalition for Life told the same thing.

Parro thanks McCain for answering in the affirmative, said his word on the platform is "important," and added she hopes he will instruct his delegates at the convention to support the pro-life plank. She noted President Bush did the same thing at the GOP convention in 2004.

However, Parro said she wants McCain to expand more on his position.

"When these issues are again addressed to McCain, it is essential that he respond more enthusiastically and in more detail about his support of the pro-life plank," she said. "The Platform is written by Delegates from every state, and they need to know that the pro-life plank is important to you."

Parro said the pro-life platform has been a winning one for the Republican Party since its adoption during the Reagan years.

"The pro-life constituency is a vital part of the Republican Party," Parro said. "A Republican presidential candidate cannot win without the support of pro-lifers."

"John McCain would significantly help his candidacy if he would speak more specifically and warmly about our determination to defend "the fundamental, individual right to life" of unborn babies," Parro concluded.