Santorum, Bachmann, Perry Bash Obama at Pro-Life GOP Lunch

National   Steven Ertelt   Aug 28, 2012   |   7:05PM    Washington, DC

Former GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann headlined a luncheon today honoring pro-life Republicans leaders that took place in conjunction with the first day of the Republican convention. Both of them took on pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

The Republican National Coalition for Life, part of Eagle Forum, co-sponsored the “treasure Life” event with the Family Research Council. Santorum received an award for his pro-life work along with Bachmann and Gov. Rick Perry, who also sought the GOP nomination.

“I love how the left and this president talk about inclusion as they advocate the discarding and destruction of over one million children every year,” Santorum said. “Some inclusion.”

“One of the things that you don’t know about ObamaCare in one of the mandates is they require free prenatal testing,” he said. “Why? Because free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions and, therefore, less care that has to be done, because we cull the ranks of the disabled in our society. That too is part of ObamaCare — another hidden message as to what president Obama thinks of those who are less able than the elites who want to govern our country.”

“We can walk out of Tampa proudly with a platform and a nominee that stands for life,” he told the crowd this afternoon.

Rick Perry also spoke to the event, according to the NBC report.

“You know, we talk a lot about protecting unborn children, and we should,” he said. “But we also need to recognize that there are women who ache because of the decision that they made to terminate the pregnancy. They live with those emotional scars…. Our message to these women that feel this pain from abortion, is not that we judge you, but we love you. And in you, that your heart aches, the pro-life movement looks upon you with open hearts. Our No. 1 imperative is to protect innocent lives.”

Perry cited a Gallup poll that showed that “fewer Americans believe abortion should be legal since they began tracking this issue.”

Bachmann talked about Obama and funding abortions.

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“For the first time in human history we have full taxpayer funding of abortion,” she said. “Never before have we seen a denial of our religious liberties. When President Obama told the Catholic Church they had to deny their sincerely held religious beliefs and take on his beliefs, that’s not what our system of government is, that’s not pro-life.”

“We have more pro-life members of Congress than ever before in modern times,” said the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins. “Those who would want to move the Republican Party away from life are swimming upstream.”