Beginning the 41st annual National Right to Life convention on Thursday, NRLC President Carol Tobias cautioned attendees that “The importance of preparing for next year’s elections cannot be overstated.” On Friday morning five announced pro-life Republican candidates for President helped that preparation process along by telling a packed auditorium at the Hyatt Regency Hotel the reasons for their pro-life convictions, summarizing their voting records on abortion, and by promising the audience that if they are the GOP nominee pro-abortion Barack Obama will be “a one-term President.”
Two of the five—businessman Herman Cain and former Senator Rick Santorum—were able to make it to the convention in Jacksonville. Florida. Congressman Ron Paul, Congresswoman Michele Backmann, and former Governor Tim Pawlenty all addressed attendees via Skype.
Leading into the presentations Tobias set the table by contrasting the diametrically opposed records of President Obama and pro-life President George W. Bush. She put particular emphasis on Obama’s health care law—“ObamaCare—saying that “abortion and rationing are enshrined” in the 2010 law. Tobias quoted from the assessment of the National Right to Life Department of Federal Legislation which summarized the multiple dangers of ObamaCare in terms that all Americans must come to know.
The five pro-life Republican candidates talked a great deal about the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights” (“life” is mentioned first), the parallels to the Civil Rights Movement, the imperative to protect the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death, the danger of taking God out of our culture “little by little,” and the need for all of us to be “leaders” in the fight to protect the unborn ”with our voices and our votes.”
Santorum put the importance of next year’s presidential contest in stark terms. It is “the most important election, in my opinion, since 1860.”
NRL Executive Director Dr. David N. O’Steen ended the morning of the second day of NRL’s three-day convention by presenting a snapshot of public opinion on Obama’s personal popularity, on ObamaCare, and on several policy decisions that Obama has made. The President’s approval rating is no higher than 47% and is as low as 41% in one recent poll. ObamaCare was opposed by the American public last year and remains so in 2011—with those who are strongly opposed far outnumbering those who strongly favor. And as the House, led by pro-life leadership, continues to attempt to end all federal funding of abortion, it is especially noteworthy that 61% of the American people oppose federal funding of abortions for women who cannot afford them.