Pro-Life Leaders Remember Phyllis Schlafly: “She’s the Reason the GOP is Pro-Life”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 6, 2016   |   9:56AM   |   Washington, DC

Phyllis Schlafly passed away today at the age of 92 and today leading pro-life advocates are remembering the pro-life champion.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, was a longtime friend of Mrs. Schlafly, who spoke at the annual SFLA national conferences and who was a mentor to Ms. Hawkins as well.

Hawkins told that Schlafly deserves credit for getting the pro-life plank in the Republican party platform approved in 1980 and then keeping it there ever four years after that.

“Phyllis Schlafly was one of my personal heroes and mentors who inspired millions to the fight against abortion and the disastrous Equal Rights Amendment which would have made abortion a constitutional right. Phyllis is the reason the Republican Party is a pro-life party,” Hawkins said.

She told LifeNews: “Phyllis will be missed yet her legacy will live on through my generation and in the young women who are fearless in the fight for the lives of the preborn and their mothers on their campuses and in their workplaces and communities.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkinstold LifeNews that “Phyllis Schlafly will be remembered for her courageous leadership in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.”

“With the political establishment, the media, and academia all arrayed against her, she organized a grassroots movement that not only stopped the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) but became the foundation for the pro-life, pro-family movement we have today,” he said. “I have little doubt that the political and cultural landscape of America today would have long ago been devoid of true conservatism if not for her leadership. She never surrendered her principles and she never gave in to intimidation.”

“Her love for God and this country drove her to fight for the Constitutional principles that founded this nation. We honor Phyllis for the lessons that she taught us all. I’m proud to have stood alongside her for faith, family and freedom,” concluded Perkins.

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Ed Martin, the President of Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum, knew the pro-life icon well. here’s what he had to say:

She once said that she “had done it all – just not all at once.”  It was true: Phyllis was a wife, mother, and homemaker.
Then, a best-selling book author, a political candidate, and a radio/TV personality.  Later, she led national movements and international protests.  She was a friend to thousands and a model for millions.  In every thing she did, Phyllis brought joy, excellence, and success.

Today, Phyllis Schlafly died like she lived – with dignity and a smile.  Surrounded by her family, Phyllis passed away and entered her reward with the Lord.  Her family, friends, and staff will miss her.  Her nation will be eternally grateful.

More to follow in coming days but allow me this: I had the unique privilege over the past three years to work with Phyllis day in and day out.  I listened to her closely.  And watched her even more closely.  What I heard and saw could fill volumes but one thing came through over and over in all she said and did: she loved people.  Her life and work was about making life better for others whom she recognized as gifts of God.

Phyllis is survived by her six children, 16, grandchildren, 3 great grand-children who gave her such joy.  And she is survived by “we the people” who live better lives because of her loving service.

Please remember her and her family in your prayers.