Conservative Leaders Tell Republicans Keep Pro-Life Agenda

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 6, 2011   |   5:59PM   |   Washington, DC

A group of dozens of fiscal and social conservative leaders united behind a letter to Republican leaders today urging them to hold firm on pro-life issues.

The 47 conservative activists, dubbing themselves the Conservative Action Project, issued an eight-point plan for the 112th Congress that mostly touches on fiscal and other issues, but calls on Republicans in the House and Senate to promote pro-life values.

Former attorney general under former President Reagan, Edwin Meese, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, Eagle Forum president Phyllis Schlafly, Concerned Women for America’s Penny Young Nance and Tim Goeglein of Focus on the Family are some of the pro-life advocates to sign on to the measure.

“Along with nearly 100 conservative leaders and tea party activists we gather to reaffirm our principles of constitutional limited government and economic freedom and our belief in a strong national security and traditional American values,” they say. “In the recent election, the American people sent a strong message to the President and both Houses of Congress that they insist upon government grounded in constitutional principles and a restoration of Federalism.”

“Now we call upon President Obama and leaders in Congress to return America to a true and prosperous Nation by passing legislation and implementing policies supported by the vast majority of our fellow citizens that achieve the following,” the add.

The goals include the repeal of the abortion-funding ObamaCare bill.

“The President should acknowledge that the voters have spoken. The 112th Congress must now follow through and immediately pass a bill that repeals Obamacare. Until Congress is able to get the President to sign a law repealing Obamacare, it must withhold funding, block key provisions and override regulations implementing Obamacare. Only after Obamacare is rejected, can Congress undertake a careful, thoughtful legislative process to make practical adjustments that allow the free market to provide affordable, effective health care insurance choices,” they said.

Under a section concerning the restoration of family values, they say, “Congress should immediately ban tax-payer funding of abortion providers and promote policies that uphold the sanctity of human life.”

The document also calls for resisting “Obama’s court packing scheme.”

“Our nation is a rule of laws, not men. To this end, the Senate should vote to confirm only those men and women committed to the rule of law and reject, procedurally or otherwise, judicial activists who would bring a personal agenda to the bench,” it says.

Kenneth Blackwell of Coalition for a Conservative Majority, Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition, Gary Marx of the Judicial Crisis Network, Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel, Brent Bozell of Media Research Center, and Austin Ruse of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute are other signers to the document.