Pro-Life Group: Republican Candidates All Oppose Abortion

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 30, 2012   |   5:39PM   |   Washington, DC

The president of the National Right to Life Committee says her organization would be satisfied with any of the Republican presidential candidates seeking the GOP nomination to face pro-abortion President Barack Obama because they are all sufficiently pro-life.

In a column at the NRLC web site, president Carol Tobias says, “We are fortunate that all of the Republican candidates running for president are pro-life: former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.”

“These candidates all support the reversal of Roe v. Wade; they all oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortion; they all oppose giving tax dollars to organizations (like Planned Parenthood) that perform abortions; and they all have stated emphatically that they would repeal “ObamaCare,” the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act that will provide for funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand and will lead to the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments,” Tobias adds.

She says any of the final four candidates would present a stark contrast to Obama as “the pro-life community knows that President Barack Obama has an abysmal record on life.”

Saying, “Unborn babies will be well-served with any of these men in the White House,” Tobias lays out statements from each of the four saying they are ready and willing to overturn Roe v. Wade, which allowed well over 54 million abortions.

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 the government.”

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.”

Mitt Romney—”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.”

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

Last year, NRLC also said each of the candidates were pro-life when more candidates were seeking the nomination. Titled “Where do the candidates stand on life?” the NRLC document it issued then was 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.

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.