John McCain Tells Pro-Life Advocates He Will Strongly Oppose Abortion as President

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 4, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

John McCain Tells Pro-Life Advocates He Will Strongly Oppose Abortion as President

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 4
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Republican presidential candidate John McCain, in a videotaped message played for the hundreds of pro-life advocates at the National Right to Life convention, said he would resolutely oppose abortion as president. He said he joined the pro-life community in wanting to make sure unborn children are protected by law.

“More than 200 years ago out nation’s founder declared that we are endowed with certain inalienable rights and among these is the right to life,” McCain explained. “It was no accident that they cited life as the first and most basic right. Without recognition of the right to life, we are not guaranteed any other rights.”

“I have been pro-life my entire public career and I am pro-life because I know what its like to live without human rights and where life is accorded no value,” he said.

McCain said he has a long career promoting pro-life policies and talked about his votes to support the ban on partial-birth abortion, oppose Roe v. Wade and make sure abortions aren’t funded with taxpayer dollars.

“I will proudly defend my record defending human life during any debates on domestic and international policy,” he said.

“Wisdom suggests we should be willing to give an unborn child the same chance our parents gave us,” McCain said. “We can’t fail to respect the inherent dignity of all human life, born or unborn.”

“The most important duty of our national leaders is to protect human life and you need only to examine my public record to know I won’t change my position,” he added.

McCain said supporting protections for unborn children doesn’t provide campaigns with funding or political support, though seeking their protection is the right thing to do.

“Unborn children don’t have the same vote or voice and can’t reward you with donations,” he said.

McCain said one of the top issues for pro-life voters in the 2008 presidential elections is the role of the Supreme Court and other federal courts.

“It takes courage to insist that the court have to return to their proper role,” he said.

“I will appoint Supreme Court nominees who have a proven record of excellence in the law and a proven commitment to strictly interpreting the Constitution,” he said, adding that he would appoint jurists like Chief Justice John Roberts or Justice Samuel Alito and former Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

McCain talked about he and hi wife Cindy adopted a daughter from a Bangladesh orphanage run by the late Mother Theresa.

“I am as thankful for her as I am for all of my children and I am glad we were able to give her a home and a better life,” he said. “We must continue to protect mothers and childrenas the pro-life movement has done for decades by supporting crisis pregnancy centers.”

Ultimately, McCain said society should “protect the lives of the most vulnerable whether they are unborn, the elderly or disabled” — sounding the kind of broad-reaching pro-life themes the pro-life community support.

“I am proud to stand wit you to defend the sanctity of human life,” he concluded. “Thank you for your commitment to a cause that is greater than us all — protecting human life and women and children wherever they need our support.”

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