Pro-Life Rep. Michelle Bachmann May Consider Presidential Bid

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 5, 2011   |   1:22PM   |   Washington, DC

Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann is reportedly considering a presidential bid that would have her seeking the Republican nomination to face pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

Bachmann is a conservative lawmaker who has burnished national credentials because of her involvement with Tea Party groups and her outspoken views on pro-life issues.

Her Chief of Staff Andy Parrish told ABC News, “Nothing is off the table,” given the national standing she’s acquired.

A Bachmann bid for the GOP nod would be interesting given that former vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin appears to have the support of conservative women sewn up should she decided to launch a candidacy. Bachmann would also likely become the second candidate from the state of Minnesota as pro-life former Governor Tim Pawlenty is largely expected to make his candidacy official in the coming months.

Bachmann would have a difficult time becoming the nominee if only because no member of the House of Representatives has become president since James Garfield in the mid-1800s, because House members typically lack the national standing and stature to mount a campaign.

Some political observers suggest the talk of a Bachmann bid is an effort to raise her name as a potential vice-presidential running mate for one of the potential candidates currently seen as leading the field — such as pro-life former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, pro-life former Speaker Newt Gingrich, or Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who shifted to the pro-life position before the last presidential election.

Meanwhile, Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm, recently released the results of a poll showing Bachmann would have a good chance of a successful campaign for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota. It put her well ahead of other potential Republican candidates looking to take on Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who supports abortion.

Last month, Bachmann said the session of Congress that starts today — with its new pro-life Republican majority — should de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Bachmann says she will press for the new Republican-controlled House of Representatives to pass a bill sponsored by fellow conservative luminary Mike Pence, an Indiana congressman, to de-fund Planned Parenthood when it convenes in January.

“Well, I think one thing that we can do, quite simply, is to withhold funding from Planned Parenthood,” Bachmann said when asked by CNS News about what Congress can do to protect unborn children.

“It wouldn’t mean that Planned Parenthood would go out of existence, because they do have their own independent funding, but what it would mean is that the taxpayer would no longer be funding that,” she said.

Bachmann also talked with CNS News about the latter point — ObamaCare and abortion funding — as a reason Republicans should pursue de-funding ObamaCare as well.

“For the first time in American history under Obamacare–socialized medicine–under President Obama, we have federal funding of abortion,” she said. “President Obama denies that, but we know that it’s already happened in the state of Pennsylvania. And so, therefore, it’s imperative that we in the House completely defund Obamacare so that we no longer force Americans to violate their moral conscience and pay for other people’s abortions.”

Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman, is referring to the $160 million the federal government gave the state under ObamaCare to set up a high-risk insurance pool, but the terms of the pool allowed for the money to pay for elective abortions. That was also the case in New Mexico and Maryland until the National Right to Life Committee blew the whistle and both the Obama administration and officials in the three states backed down.

Bachmann also told CNS News that Congress should de-fund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an agency that has worked hand-in-hand with the China population control officials who have used forced abortions and other human rights abuses to enforce its one-child policy. It has also promoted abortions in nations with pro-life laws.

“I think it is incumbent upon us as the members of Congress to let people know–not for the purpose of scaring them–but to let people know the stark fiscal realities that we’re facing right now as a nation,” she said. “And can’t we at minimum start with defunding things like Planned Parenthood and paying for other’s people abortions that are highly controversial and are violating our principles of the Declaration of Independence, our inalienable right to life. That we can at least agree on, that we should defund that.”