Candidates at the National Right to Life Convention give reason to rejoice

posted at 6:00 pm on June 24, 2011 by Tina Korbe

When — as now — the electorate unequivocally claims unemployment and jobs as its top priority, social issues tend to fall by the wayside. But, today, at the National Right to Life Convention, more than half the GOP presidential field put in an appearance — all to underscore the basic belief that a culture of respect for life is the requisite foundation for a free society.

That five candidates took time to speak at the Convention — whether in person or by Skype — should reassure Republicans of the strength of the 2012 field. As much as Republicans might want charisma in a candidate, as much as they might recognize that social issues necessarily must take a backseat in the midst of the worst economic “recovery” since World War II, they can take comfort in the solid alternative to President Barack Obama each GOP candidate represents — a contrast that’s especially clear on black-and-white issues like life.

In their own words: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) stated plainly: “What you want in a president is someone who is 100 percent, unquestionably, pro-life.” Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) emphasized the rights of the unborn. Godfather’s pizza CEO Herman Cain spoke unabashedly about his Christian faith and how it informs his view of abortion. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) reminded listeners “liberty is secondary to life.” Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty linked a pro-life viewpoint to “a new and better” America.

Obviously, none of these comments are game-changers (and, frankly, they all pale in comparison to the unafraid and impassioned remarks former Texas Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson gave at the same event), but they still deserve to be celebrated and praised. The pro-life cause is as much a battle for the hearts and minds of young men and women as it is a legal fight, if not more so. That is, the struggle is even more cultural than it is political. But presidential candidates do form and inform the culture, even if to a lesser extent than the traditional cultural transmitters of literature, art and entertainment.

Candidates are right to focus their executive/legislative priorities realistically and relevantly — but they’d be wrong to waste opportunities to use life-affirming rhetoric to the benefit of the culture. It’s no surprise to me that neither former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney nor former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (those infamous non-signers of the Susan B. Anthony List’s right-t0-life pledge!) spoke at the Convention — but I wish they would have. Reassurance on such an electorally secondary but culturally primary issue would be nice. In the meantime, my gratitude to those candidates who did.


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It’s no surprise to me that neither former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney nor former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (those infamous non-signers of the Susan B. Anthony List’s right-t0-life pledge!) spoke at the Convention — but I wish they would have.

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Roy Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Thank you for covering this event, Tina. I, too, am heartened to see these candidates “show up” here.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 24, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty linked a pro-life viewpoint to “a new and better” America.

NEW AND IMPROVED Hope and Change!!!

Oh Joy!!!

Roy Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM

This is good news.

Always being on the side of life, you can do no wrong.

portlandon on June 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Our liberties will never be secure so long as governments arrogate to themselves the authority to dictate what defines a “human being”. If you’re a genetically distinct instantiation of the species homo sapiens, you are a human being, and enjoy the same God-given rights as all the rest of the human family; and human governments have no authority to refuse to protect your rights. This applies whether you’re in the womb, in a coma, or in a nursing home.

Well done to the candidates who showed up to affirm this important message!

Inkblots on June 24, 2011 at 6:10 PM

This is naive. We have folks like GOP hero Haley Barbour telling us to set aside the social issues (million of innocent lives) that we can all fight about the thirty pieces of silver.

Does anyone really believe most of these finger wetting candidates will fight to the last for life?

The one who has walked the walk is Sarah and they on the establishment right have all set out to destroy her.The GOP hasn’t tried to stop the Dem crossover vote in the key states that gave us the impossibly poor candidate McCain, so it will be Rahm-ney or some othdr RINO.

Who do you think those 53% Catholics who annointed the messiah will vote for -the social justice Godless leftists, with the aid of more ACORN by whatever name’s money?

I find no reason to cheer.

Don L on June 24, 2011 at 6:12 PM

The reason that fiscal conservatives–if for no other reason–should prefer a social conservative candidate is, they’re the only ones with any backbone. The ones without a backbone go the other way, not just on the life issue, but on EVERYTHING. It’s hard work to buck the pro-abortion lobby. It toughens them up for other important fights, like the budget.

RBMN on June 24, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Does anyone really believe most of these finger wetting candidates will fight to the last for life?

Don L on June 24, 2011 at 6:12 PM

No.

Roy Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Denial of life is the denial of Liberty in its ultimate form.

viking01 on June 24, 2011 at 6:17 PM

The fact Romney would not even put in a video portents he do the absolute minimum to placate pro-lifers so they don’t completely revolt. Christie at least had the cojones to do a pro-life speech at the NJ State house.

IR-MN on June 24, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Unfortunate this many candidates buy into this crap.

mythicknight on June 24, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Conservative candidates considering NEW methods to look MORE Pro-Life!

A little paint here, some dye there…

Roy Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 6:19 PM

I do not believe that words alone, particularly from Republicans or conservatives, will siginifcantly change the culture on the issue of abortion. Sorry, I see a great number of people who won’t hear those words, would reject them without thinking about them simply due to their source, and who keep repeating the same old tired defeated slogans, if not outright shouting you down. Furthermore, I do not expect the major media to cover the issue either fairly or informatively.

Therefore I aprove of a diferent strategy. Namely, confront people with the horific images of abortion in order to change the mind of all who’s conscience has not been seared. http://www.abortionNo.org THAT may then give you the opportunity for your words to reach them. The sad fact is that abortion remains acceptable because it remains unseen.

Jews in death camps; not our problem UNTIL images of the camps emerged. Black man’s rights less than yours? Not a problem worth getting exercised over UNTIL pictures of hangings, and cross burnings, etc. You say that war over there has atrocities going on? Meh, UNTIL the pictures bring it home.

AnotherOpinion on June 24, 2011 at 6:22 PM

“It’s no surprise to me that neither former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney nor former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (those infamous non-signers of the Susan B. Anthony List’s right-t0-life pledge!) spoke at the Convention —…”

They were both at the Man Made Global Warming summit voicing their “right-t0-life pledge” for Mother Gaia…

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Seven Percent Solution on June 24, 2011 at 6:23 PM

mythicknight on June 24, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Good thing one other person bought into this crap.

chemman on June 24, 2011 at 6:26 PM

This is just pandering.

Falz on June 24, 2011 at 6:27 PM

So Mitt’s thinks he can win without social cons. Daniels demonstrated better sense and did not attempt this.

exdeadhead on June 24, 2011 at 6:29 PM

They were both at the Man Made Global Warming summit voicing their “right-t0-life pledge” for Mother Gaia…

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Seven Percent Solution on June 24, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Did they join Algore in the kiva with tom toms?

Roy Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Aslans Girl on June 24, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Apropos of nothing, but you don’t have to sign your comments. We’ll know it’s you whether you sign it or not.

P.S. Good name. I wish I’d nicked myself Puddleglum. Would’ve been more descriptive of my outlook.

spmat on June 24, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Does anyone really believe most of these finger wetting candidates will fight to the last for life?

Don L on June 24, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Are you denying that Santorum has not fought for life? That he has not “walked the walk”? Then you don’t know Santorum. He once said that he still has the Left’s arrows in his back to prove his strong pro-life stand.

You’re going to deny Bachmann, too?

Even Kooky Paul has scored a 0% by NARAL (same score as Santorum).

Cain doesn’t have a paper-trail due to not ever being elected, so I have nothing to say of him except his words.

THESE are the candidates who showed up here, and they are solidly pro-life.

Yours was also the first post to mention Palin. Just because these candidates’ last name isn’t “Palin” doesn’t make them “finger-wetting” either. And thank God for that! Thank God that we have more than one person who is willing to stand up for the babies.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 24, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Unfortunate this many candidates buy into this crap.

mythicknight on June 24, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Good thing one other person bought into this crap.

chemman on June 24, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Well played, chemman.

catmman on June 24, 2011 at 6:36 PM

chemman on June 24, 2011 at 6:26 PM

And it’ll probably go right over that poster’s head.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 24, 2011 at 6:43 PM

OT: Austin Biz Journal reporting that Perry is running

ConservativePartyNow on June 24, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Even Kooky Paul has scored a 0% by NARAL (same score as Santorum).

Depends on the voting year, Paul has scored very high in NARAL ratings in recent years

Some of Paul’s Pro-Abortion votes:

http://chip91.wordpress.com/pro-life/

NARAL ratings in recent voting years:

The following are Rep. Ron Paul’s ratings from “NARAL Pro-Choice America”, the largest abortion rights group in the United States.

2006: 65%

2005: 75%

2004: 65%

note GOP had majorities those years and were passing legislation to limit abortions, Paul voted for death on.

jp on June 24, 2011 at 6:58 PM

This is naive. We have folks like GOP hero Haley Barbour telling us to set aside the social issues (million of innocent lives) that we can all fight about the thirty pieces of silver imminent danger of national bankruptcy.

FTFY.

But I do agree with you that few if any of them will actually take a stand on this issue.

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 24, 2011 at 6:59 PM

note GOP had majorities those years and were passing legislation to limit abortions, Paul voted for death on.

jp on June 24, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Suddenly I like Paul even less.

CW on June 24, 2011 at 7:17 PM

ONLY Herman Cain spoke in person. The others were via Skype. That is a significant part of the story that is missing from this post.

Cain spoke from the heart. Bachmann and Pawlenty used it to say “Vote for me, Vote for me”.

Panderers.

bigred on June 24, 2011 at 8:10 PM

bigred on June 24, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Cain, is that you? Cain called both Pawlenty and Bachmann “panderers” just last week or so…

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 24, 2011 at 8:24 PM

jp on June 24, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Thanks for that. I knew he couldn’t be all that consistent since NRLC rates him at a mere 56%. But on the others, my point still stands.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 24, 2011 at 8:25 PM