The Susan B. Anthony List announced today that former UN ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who compiled a strong pro-life record, will headline its 12th annual Campaign for Life Gala in Washington.
The event will take place Monday, June 3 at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
“We are proud to honor our longtime friend, Nikki Haley, for her strong pro-life leadership,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser in comments to Lifenews.com.
She said: “During her time as governor, Nikki signed landmark legislation to end brutal late-term abortions in South Carolina. President Trump then made a very wise decision in selecting her to serve as ambassador to the United Nations. In this role she was a fierce defender of unborn children and their mothers and of American interests in protecting the vulnerable. She stood up to the international abortion lobby and played a key role in advancing the Trump administration’s pro-life priorities, resulting in historic gains for life on a global scale.”
Haley said she looks forward to speaking on behalf of one of the nation’s biggest pro-life organizations.
“At the United Nations, America is often in the minority when we stand up for our values, but we proudly stand strong for them anyway, because it’s the right thing to do. At home, the Susan B. Anthony List reminds us of the importance of staying true to our values, and no value is more sacred than the right to life. On late term abortions in particular, America is too often falling short of our own values,” she said.
Dannenfelser told LifeNews that, as governor of South Carolina, Haley signed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law. As ambassador to the United Nations, she championed the human rights of unborn children and their mothers. During negotiations at the Commission on the Status of Women, Haley notably worked to omit pro-abortion language from conversations concerning the family. She also promoted the expansion of the Global Protect Life policy, or Mexico City Policy, to stop taxpayer funding of the abortion industry overseas.
From the pro-life standpoint, Haley was responsible for overseeing United States’ withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council, a misnamed group that rarely promotes authentic human rights and spent more time pushing abortion than stopping global human rights atrocities.
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“No one should make the mistake of equating membership in the Human Rights Council with support for human rights. To this day, the United States does more for human rights, both inside the U.N., and around the world, [than] any other country. And we will continue to do that,” said Haley at the time.
“We just won’t do it inside a council that consistently fails the cause of human rights.”
During her confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate, Haley told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that she would oppose abortion on an international level, saying she is “strongly pro-life.”
“I am strongly pro-life, so anything we can do to keep from having abortions, or to keep them from not knowing what is available, I will support,” she said.
Haley has a long record of supporting pro-life legislation and signing it as governor of the state of South Carolina.
“I believe every life has a value and is blessed by God–my husband was adopted and my pro-life convictions stem from the fact I feel the blessings of that value every day knowing someone chose life for him. I see it every day in my two children as I watch them grow. My hope is that we continue to encourage and work towards educating that value of life to everyone, ” Haley has said.
Haley’s pro-life record has earned her the support of pro-life groups in her state.
In 2012, Haley signed two key pro-life bills and she was joined in doing so by pro-life advocates who were elated by her leadership in protecting unborn children and stopping abortions in South Carolina.
In a formal bill signing ceremony at the Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, Haley signed the Opt Out of Abortion Act and the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, both strongly backed by South Carolina Citizens for Life and numerous pro-family organizations.
The Born-Alive Infant Protection Act would protect unborn children who are born alive after a failed abortion but may be purposefully left to die afterwards. The legislation defines an infant born alive as a person even if the baby survives an abortion attempt and makes it so babies who are born alive under any circumstances cannot be treated as medical waste, or deliberately killed because they are unwanted.
Haley said the pro-life issue “isn’t partisan” and she added that it should not be a political issue.