Republican Leaders: Promoting Pro-Life Values on Abortion Key to Party Success

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 2, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Republican Leaders: Promoting Pro-Life Values on Abortion Key to Party Success

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 2
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Top Republican leaders in Congress said last week at the CPAC conservative conference that one way the GOP can rebuild after the 2008 elections is by emphasizing pro-life values on abortion. Congressional Republican leaders John Boehner and Mitch McConnell both emphasized that point.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, who has a stellar pro-life record, told the conference that the Republican Party should be the party of "better solutions" and one is to promote the pro-life perspective.

“There’s another issue where a better solution is already known, and that’s the issue that we’ve known about for thousands of years – that is the issue of life. We’re the pro-life party,’ he said.

One way to implement that is by proactively opposing the pro-abortion agenda from President Barack Obama and his Congressional Democratic allies.

“You’ll see Republicans, as we get into these appropriations bills and we see the Freedom of Choice Act, stand up and defend the sanctity of life,” Boehner said.

Boehner said that abortion touches his family personally since his mother had 12 children and could have considered abortion.

“I’m sure it wasn’t convenient for her to have 12 but I’m sure glad she did,” Boehner said.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also commented on how abortion could be an issue that helps the Republican Party rebuild and he said the GOP will emphasize Obama’s pro-abortion record in the 2010 Congressional elections.

“I was disappointed that one of the first things the administration did was reverse the Mexico City Policy,” McConnell said. “Americans do not want their tax dollars to be used promoting abortion here or abroad."

Meanwhile, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke with the Cybercast News Service about how the GOP has traditionally been the more pro-life party compared with Democrats and he says that will continue.

“I think we’re clearly a pro-life party, and I think our nominee last year for every major vote voted pro-life,” Gingrich said.

“We had a vice presidential nominee who was pro-life. I don’t see [this] as a significant change. I think that it is continuity in how this party has evolved over the last 30 years," he added.

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