Right to Life: Republican Presidential Candidates are Pro-Life

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 27, 2011   |   12:21PM   |   Washington, DC

The National Right to Life Committee has produced a new comparison document outlining the positions of each of the Republican presidential candidates on abortion and the piece essentially says each of the candidates are pro-life.

Titled “Where do the candidates stand on life?” the NRLC document is a one-page flyer that comparison the pro-abortion policies and record of President Barack Obama with the positions of eight Republican presidential hopefuls in four areas:  taxpayer funding of abortion, Roe v. Wade, funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business, and Obamacare. NRLC opposes Roe, abortion funding and funding of the abortion business, and opposed Obamacare because of abortion funding and rationing concerns.

Obama, not surprisingly, clocks in with pro-abortion positions in all four areas and his long track record of supporting abortion and forcing taxpayers to fund abortion will make him unelectable for any pro-life voter in 2012. None of the Republican candidates are shown as supporting either abortion, abortion funding or Obamacare.

Mitt Romney, who leads most GOP polls to this point,is shown as supporting the Hyde Amendment cutting off much abortion funding federally and opposing Roe, saying “I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench.” He is also listed as supporting the reversal of Obamacare, even though he has been tagged by other Republican candidates like Tim Pawlenty as supporting a government-run health care program in Massachusetts that was a precursor of sorts.

Michele Bachmann has come on strong as one of the top alternatives to Romney and she is listed as fully pro-life and having voted against Planned Parenthood funding.

“I am proud to stand with my colleagues…as we vote…on measures to…cut off taxpayer funding of abortion,” she is quoted as saying. And, on Roe, NRLC has her saying, she favors repealing the Supreme Court ruling.

Other candidates are listed as opposing Roe as well, which stands in the way of the pro-life movement providing legal protection for women and unborn children:

Herman Cain:  “Today we mourn the murder of millions of innocent lives because of the decision made 31 years ago by the United States Supreme Court to give doctors the right to end the life of an unborn child.”

Newt Gingrich:  “The revolutionary idea contained in the Declaration of Independence is that certain fundamental human rights, including the right to life, are gifts from God and cannot be given nor taken away by government.” “…choosing abortion is not acceptable.”

Jon Huntsman:  “I signed the bill that would trigger a ban on abortions in Utah if Roe v. Wade was overturned.”

Ron Paul:  “I think the Roe v. Wade situation was a big mistake and the states ought to have the right to decide on the issue, so I would deny
jurisdiction to the federal courts on abortion issues.”

Tim Pawlenty:  “I join those marching today in affirming that we need to extend that right to life to the most innocent and powerless among us. We must take it upon ourselves to protect all individuals in every stage of life, from the unborn to the elderly.”

Rick Santorum:  “I believe we need to overturn Roe v. Wade. I think it was a poorly and horribly decided decision.”

NRLC is not expected to endorse any of the candidates in the primary election because more than one pro-life candidate is running for the nod, but the pro-life organization will undoubtedly issue an endorsement should the nominee be pro-life. The organization has strenuously opposed Obama and his pro-abortion actions throughout his nomination and it is expected to again be one of the heavy hitters in the political campaign — putting millions of dollars behind direct mail and advertising for pro-life candidates.