Catholic Newspaper Calls Michelle Bachmann Strongly Pro-Life

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 1, 2011   |   11:31AM   |   Washington, DC

Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann has earned support from pro-life evangelicals and Protestants as she seeks the Republican nomination for president, but a prominent Catholic newspaper is out today with a profile of her pro-life views.

The National Catholic Register says Bachmann’s “campaign is fueled by her pro-life views” and, “at a time when many Republicans contend that life issues should take a back seat to addressing the country’s economic woes, GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann is having none of it.

The newspaper cites Bachmann saying, “The life of the unborn is not a sidebar issue. This is it. It is the issue that impacts more than any other how you view other issues. … It is the watershed issue of our time.”

Bachmann’s pro-life views and sterling 100 percent pro-life voting record in Congress are well known as is her status as a foster mom who has helped dozens of children via adoption, but the Register says Bachmann first earned her pro-life stripes outside abortion centers counseling women and by promoting the pro-life perspective in the state legislature.

That attitude is probably to be expected from a woman who began her pro-life career doing sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics three decades before she ran for the Minnesota state Senate in 2000.

“She is impeccably conservative and 100% pro-life,” said Scott Fischbach of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. He calls Bachmann “a dear friend of the unborn.”

Noting that Bachmann was “always willing to speak for the pro-life cause on the floor” when she served in the Minnesota state Senate, Fischbach portrayed the feisty Minnesotan as someone with deep pro-life roots who was never afraid to take a stand.

As a state senator, Bachmann earned a perfect pro-life voting record. She sponsored a number of pieces of legislation, including the Positive Alternatives Act, which resulted in $2.4 million allotted to women with alternatives to abortion.

The Register goes on to say Bachmann “has been an outspoken leader in the national effort to defund Planned Parenthood and has made repealing 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the healthcare reform law championed by President Obama, a priority” because it fails to ban taxpayer funding of abortions.

The Catholic newspaper highlights how Bachmann has credited the Presbyterian minister and writer Francis Schaeffer “with awakening her pro-life sensibilities” and added that it was “after studying Schaeffer that she became a sidewalk counselor.”

Bachmann talked about that preiously, saying, “One thing that Dr. Schaeffer said is that [God is] not just the God of theology. He’s not just the God of the Bible. Since he is the Creator God, he’s the father of biology, sociology, of political science, of you name the subject. … And that altered our way of thinking, that God had something to say about our career.”
“Francis Schaeffer also said that life is the watershed issue of our time, and how we come down on how we view human life will impact all other issues,” she said. “And so Marcus and I decided we didn’t want to be pro-life only, just as speaking… We wanted to live a life of being about pro-life.”
Bachmann is now running a presidential campaign that focuses on pro-life issues — though she faces a field replete with pro-life advocates who share her commitment to protecting unborn children.