By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director
On February 15, 2012, the Obama Administration issued a “final rule” mandating that groups, including religious schools and hospitals, provide health insurance plans that cover certain drugs or procedures, even if it violates the groups’ religious and moral convictions.
All four Republican presidential candidates spoke out against the Obama mandate and in favor of religious freedom and rights of conscience.
According to Newt Gingrich, “There is no liberty without religious liberty.”
Ron Paul stated, “The First Amendment guarantee of religious liberty is intended to ensure that Americans never have to put the demands of the federal government ahead of their own conscience or religious beliefs. This new policy turns that guarantee on its head.”
Mitt Romney wrote, “. . . on day one I will eliminate the Obama Administration rule that compels religious institutions to violate the tenets of their own faith. Such rules don’t belong in the America that I believe in.”
In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News, Rick Santorum said, “The government should not be forcing people to do things that are against their conscience, and that has always been a hallmark of America and absolutely anchored in the First Amendment.”
National Right to Life has published a downloadable flyer entitled “Where Do the Candidates Stand on Life?” The downloadable version of “Where Do the Candidates Stand on Life?” is available at: http://stoptheabortionagenda.com/or http://www.nrlpac.org/pdf/POTUS%20Comparison.pdf.
Those who have seen the original flyer know that all four Republican presidential candidates oppose abortion and support legal protection for unborn children. All four oppose using your tax dollars to fund abortions. All four oppose giving federal funds to Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortion in the United States.
Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul also oppose the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) and will vote to repeal it. ObamaCare will provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and will lead to the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments.
President Barack Obama supports abortion. He has stated, “I am pro-choice. I believe in Roe v. Wade.” Regarding taxpayer funding for abortion and government funding for abortion providers, Obama, on his third day in office, nullified the pro-life “Mexico City Policy.” This made organizations that perform and promote abortion as a method of family planning overseas eligible for U.S. foreign aid funds.
And President Obama signed ObamaCare into law, which will provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and will lead to the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments.