Republican Party Chairman Candidate Ken Blackwell: I’m Pro-Life on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 5, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Republican Party Chairman Candidate Ken Blackwell: I’m Pro-Life on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 5
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Republican Party chairman candidate Ken Blackwell has given a new interview in which he expands on his pro-life views on abortion. Blackwell, a former Ohio Secretary of State, is one of several candidates vying for the chairmanship of the national Republican Party.

In an interview with CNS News, he said he wants to keep the party’s current platform — which calls for a human life amendment to protect unborn children from abortion.

"I am a national leader in the pro-life movement. I had the good fortune of living in the same general area of [former National Right to Life president] Dr. Jack Willke and his wife Barbara," he said. "We have worked together tirelessly to (advance) the pro-life effort at the local, state and national level."

"I say unabashedly that I am a pro-life leader that has done the grassroots work to build credibility as I go around the country promoting the pro-life ethic," he said.

Blackwell told CNS News that he supports overturning Roe v. Wade.

"I think Roe v. Wade is a bad law. And I think the efforts that we have been waging in the courts will ultimately result in that being overturned," he said.

"I think that we are quickly moving toward an endgame as it relates to the court process. I have every reason to believe that within the next two years we’re going to have the constitutional showdown in the Supreme Court," Blackwell told the conservative web site.

Blackwell also said he is worried about the kind of judges Obama may appoint.

"I think that we must do everything that we can to make sure that we don’t get an attorney general who will aid and abet President Obama and his effort of puttin activist judges on the court who will further strengthen the abortionists’ world view," he said.

The former Ohio state official faces incumbent RNC chairman Mike Duncan, a pro-life attorney from Kentucky, who was the head of the party and wants another chance to win in Congressional elections.

Other candidates include pro-life South Carolina party Chairman Katon Dawson, pro-life former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, pro-life ex-Tennessee Party chief Chip Saltsman and pro-life Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama put his rubber stamp on the Democratic Party continuing its pro-abortion position and his pro-abortion agenda with the appointment of Virginia governor Tim Kaine as its new chairman.

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