Posted by | June 23, 2011 14:57 | Filed under: Top Stories

by 54bravo

After the 2010 elections the foundation for the Republican Party was, “we get it” in the reason why we voted Republicans out of office in 2006 and 2008. Many polls showed the concerns about Republicans included the lack of were not good stewardship of our debt, our decisions to go into war, and placing more importance on social rather than fiscal issues. Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List urges GOP presidential candidates to sign an anti-abortion pledge. The pledge places four points in front of them:

1) Only appoint judges that will not legislate from the bench but adhere to the Constitution

2) Only appoint pro-life cabinet and executive appointments that are relevant to the abortion issue

3) To answer the taxpayer demand to defund abortions that are currently being paid for by the taxpayers

4) The pain initiative that has been placed on several states’ books to limit abortion under 20 weeks when science shows the fetus feels pain

When asked how an attorney general could help advance pro-life causes when the law of the land is that abortion is legal except in late stages, Dannenfelser states that the job of a pro-life president is to advance legislation that will be passed and signed into law. The AG then has to defend it. Dannenfelser further asserts the AG job includes properly vetting judges on their abortion views. Dannenfelser is asked if making abortion a platform is going to hinder the Republican candidates’ ability to take on what is central to most Americans by polls, the economy and jobs. She states the need for up front disclosure by candidates to ensure the proper support beforehand. Once the abortion stance is secured in signing this pledge, the rest of the conversation topics can be held.

This pledge was signed by Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich with only Herman Cain and Mitt Romney abstaining. The attack on abortion rights is definitely a strategic one at this point, with abortion rights advocates possibly worried about enjoining any state law that might result in a SCOTUS review on abortion itself.

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