Seven Republican candidates for the US presidency met last night in New Hampshire where their pro-life credentials became an issue in the debate. The 2012 presidential election will give Americans the chance to elect a new pro-life president.
While President Obama has long supported Planned Parenthood, and has a significant pro-abortion record, all of the Republican candidates that hope to run against him took pro-life stances in the GOP debate. With America having such a prominent leadership role in shaping world affairs and policy, President Obama’s anti-life agenda has only further fostered the culture of death around the world – seriously hampering HLI’s efforts to promote the sanctity of life.
Pope John Paul II reminds us in Evangelium vitae that the chief concern of civil authorities is to safeguard the inviolable rights of the human person. “Disregard for the right to life, precisely because it leads to the killing of the person whom society exists to serve, is what most directly conflicts with the possibility of achieving the common good,” the now Blessed John Paul II wrote. “Abortion and euthanasia are thus crimes which no human law can claim to legitimize.”
President Obama’s consistent support of abortion, contraception, embryonic stem cell research, population control, and other anti-life positions should be a concern not only to the US, but to the pro-life movement around the globe. A pro-life American president could have a significant impact on life issues internationally.
“The sanctity and dignity of every human life, not just at birth, not just in the issue of abortion, but with respect to the entire life…and the dignity of people at the end of life…will be top priority issues for me to make sure that all life is respected and held with dignity,” said former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
“I am 100% pro-life,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). “I believe in the dignity of life from conception until natural death.”
Here are some highlights of the candidates’ pro-life positions last night compiled by Susan B. Anthony List: