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Vol. 35,  No. 7-8

Pro-Life President Bush,
Pro-Life Senator McCain
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Karl Rove, former chief political advisor to President Bush,
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John McCain -- A Champion for Our Issue
By Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ)

The epic struggle to regain protection for the lives of unborn children both in practice and in law is at a critical juncture—unlike any time in my 36 years in the pro-life movement—in the 2008 presidential election.

Rep. Chris Smith, co-chair of the House Pro-Life Caucus, with NRLC President Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

The differences in this election are crystal clear, the stakes are enormous both nationally—nothing less than the Supreme Court—and internationally—taxpayer-funded abortions around the world. We must elect a pro-life president. If we truly value the most persecuted minority in the world—unborn children—we must elect John McCain.

Senator John McCain is proudly pro-life and has proven himself time and again to be committed to the right to life. He has often spoken of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” stating, “Life means the rights of the born and the unborn.”

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Elections Have Consequences
By Karen Cross

See if you can spot a pattern. At a March 31 town hall meeting in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Barack Obama told the audience, “I’ve got two daughters.  9 years old and 6 years old.  I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals.  But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.” 

Pro-Life Senator John McCain

Referring to the anniversary of the decision that legalized abortion on demand, Barack Obama said, “Thirty-five years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, it’s never been more important to protect a woman’s right to choose.” He added, “Throughout my career, I’ve been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.”

On his website, Barack Obama says, “With one more vacancy on the Court, we could be looking at a majority hostile to a woman’s fundamental right to choose for the first time since Roe versus Wade.  The next president may be asked to nominate that Supreme Court justice.  That is what is at stake in this election.” 

In a July 17, 2007, speech to Planned Parenthood, Barack Obama said, “There will always be people, many of goodwill, who do not share my view on the issue of choice.  On this fundamental issue, I will not yield …”

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Vol. 35, No. 7-8


From the President

Wanda Franz, Ph.D.


In the New York gubernatorial election of 1982, the setup for an election disaster was “perfect.”  The two major candidates were Mario Cuomo, nominated by the Democratic and Liberal parties of New York, and Lewis Lehrman, the candidate of the Republican and Conservative parties.

Mr. Lehrman was pro-life.  But part of the pro-life vote could potentially be split off, because both candidates were Catholic.  Mr. Cuomo cleverly and intensely exploited this opportunity through large advertisements in Catholic papers.  Nicely fudging the issue, Mr. Cuomo claimed to be informed and formed by Catholic teaching on abortion.  Of course, he turned out to be of the “personally opposed” type and resolutely unwilling to “impose” his personal views about abortion on others and translate them into pro-life public policy.

Although many politicians had resorted to this shell game before him, Mr. Cuomo surely became its most successful and illustrious practitioner.  In fact, the “pro-choice” wing of the religious left was (and still is) awed by Mr. Cuomo’s rhetorical dexterity in this regard.

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