In the final run-up to the January 3rd Iowa Caucuses, a handful of Republican presidential candidates highlighted their pro-life bona fides in a nationally simulcast “teletown hall” forum sponsored by Personhood USA and several pro-life organizations.
Significantly, all four of the participants in the National Presidential Pro-life Forum — Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry — have signed on to the Personhood Republican Presidential Candidate Pledge, which supposedly binds them as President to, among other promises, “work to advance state and federal laws and amendments that recognize the unalienable right to life of all human beings,” and to appoint federal judges and other officials who will work to uphold such federal measures.
Opening up the comments, Rick Perry pledged to “enforce the right to life” with a “human life amendment ... without waiting for the courts to overturn Roe v. Wade.” He emphasized that the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion would be “overturned with a true pro-life president possibly appointing upwards of two or three new Supreme Court justices, so that would be my goal.”
Noting that she was the first GOP candidate to sign the personhood pledge, Michele Bachmann highlighted her promise to repeal Obama’s notorious healthcare legislation while pursuing a federal “personhood” amendment designed to protect the unborn from conception.
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