Minnesota Pro-Life Group Strongly Endorses John McCain for President
by Steven Ertelt
July 9, 2008
St. Paul, MN (LifeNews.com) — A Minnesota pro-life group is the fourth statewide pro-life organization to issue an endorsement for John McCain for president. The backing of the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life comes on the heels of pro-life groups in California, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania backing McCain.
Scott Fischbach, the director of the group and the head of its federal political action committee, told LifeNews.com Wednesday its board of directors "enthusiastically endorses John McCain."
His strong pro-life voting record and his positions on issues affecting life will make McCain a highly effective pro-life U.S. president," Fischbach said.
The endorsement is important because Minnesota is the site of the Republican convention, held in September and the location of McCain’s acceptance speech. It is also one of more than a dozen top battleground states.
Fischbach said McCain has a "solid voting record against abortion having cast 31 pro-life votes since 1997."
Those votes include upholding the Mexico City Policy to protect taxpayers from paying for abortions overseas.
McCain also has voted against endorsing the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand, and believes it should be overturned. Additionally, he voted to confirm Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and John Roberts.
In contrast, Democratic candidate Senator Barack Obama has strong positions and a voting record in favor of abortion on demand. He has pledged only to nominate Supreme Court justices who favor Roe v. Wade, Fischbach explained.
He mentioned that, with anywhere from one to three high court judges possibly leaving the court in the next four years, it is critical for the pro-life community to have a pro-life president because "their replacements will determine the direction of the Court for generations to come."
Fischbach also lamented that Obama is a co-sponsor of the Freedom of Choice Act, a bill that would invalidate virtually all state and federal limitations on abortion and make partial-birth abortion legal again. If Obama becomes President of the United States, additional hundreds of thousands of unborn children will likely die each year.
Meanwhile, as Obama served in the Illinois legislature, he repeatedly opposed a measure that would give newborn infants appropriate medical care if they are born alive after a failed abortion.
There would be little or no protection for unborn babies, their mothers or other vulnerable lives if Barack Obama were in power, Fischbach told LifeNews.com.
Minnesota citizens must look beyond his charm and realize that Obama is an extremist who intends to promote and expand abortion on demand — and force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions," he added.
"The choice for president is clear," Fischbach concluded. He said the pro-life group "urges all Minnesota citizens to vote for Senator John McCain for President of the United States and to strongly oppose Sen. Barack Obama."
Related web sites:
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life – https://www.mccl.org
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