by Steven Ertelt
April 7, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The National Right to Life Committee has announced it is supporting eventual Republican nominee John McCain for president. Officials from the prominent pro-life group told LifeNews.com the difference on abortion compared with the pro-abortion Democratic candidates is significant.
The announcement of support came after a unanimous vote of the group’s board of directors.
"National Right to Life supports Senator John McCain for election as President of the United States and strongly opposes both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and urges all pro-life citizens to do likewise," the group told LifeNews.com on Monday.
On abortion issues, McCain has a strongly pro-life voting record and has supported bills to ban partial-birth abortions, respect parental involvement regarding teenagers and prohibit tax-funded abortions in a variety of situations.
The Arizona senator has also repeatedly called for overturning Roe v. Wade, said he would appoint judges who won’t legislate from the bench, and says he will keep the pro-life plank in the Republican Party platform.
"Senator John McCain has consistently taken a strong pro-life position against abortion, has a strong pro-life voting record against abortion and opposes Roe v. Wade," NRLC said in its statement of support.
Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have 100 percent pro-abortion voting records with the group and have pledged to only appoint federal judges who will keep unlimited legal abortions in place for another 35 years.
NRLC officials said pro-life voters should be very concerned about an Obama or Clinton presidency.
"Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton have strong positions and voting records in favor of abortion on demand and strongly support the appointment of only U.S. Supreme Court Justices who favor Roe v. Wade," the pro-life group explained.
Those differences are so significant and will affect so many lives of women and unborn children that NRLC officials told LifeNews.com supporting McCain made perfect sense.
The pro-life group says its political action committee will now work overtime to educate voters about the sharp contrast between McCain and his pro-abortion rivals.
While NRLC and McCain agree on stopping abortions, the Arizona senator has differed with the pro-life group on the issues of embryonic stem cell research and campaign finance reform.
National Right to Life strongly opposes any scientific research that destroys human life and wanted more free speech protections in the campaign finance bill McCain sponsored.
While McCain has voted to support embryonic stem cell research funding, he has recently indicated he is open to alternatives that don’t involve the destruction of human life.
His campaign has also indicated he strongly opposes the purposeful creation of human embryos for their destruction and has backed a ban on both forms of human cloning.
Both Obama and Clinton have already promised to overturn President Bush’s limits on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research — making abortion the significant pro-life contrast during the presidential election.