Rick Santorum: Leadership vs. Lip Service for the Culture of Life



Rick Santorum Trifecta Victory NightBy Rick Santorum

Four dimensional ultrasound technologies show unborn children smiling and yawning in the womb.  Fetal surgeries demonstrate that, just like us, unborn children need medical treatment and care. Over and over again we hear news like this that reminds us the unborn child is a life.

I am running for president because I have a vision for creating opportunity for all in America – and that includes the unborn.  And at the heart of that vision is one of my guiding principles and core convictions: the dignity of life for all human beings.

I believe that all life is precious. I know life begins at conception and science does as well. I know that every person, every child conceived in the womb, has a right to life. I know that life is a right endowed by our Creator, that it is inalienable, as laid down in the Declaration of Independence, and should be guaranteed under the Constitution. The right to life is the first right. Without its protection, no other rights matter.

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, destroys roughly 900 unborn lives a day. It’s not news to me or to those who support my candidacy that Planned Parenthood does not share my vision of the dignity of all human life.

My record over the years fighting for life and against Planned Parenthood’s culture of death is quite clear. Planned Parenthood knows this and Governor Romney should know this as well.  This is not a political game- this is about our core values and the soul of our nation.

As president, I would use every power granted to me, including the veto, to push for elimination of federal funding for Planned Parenthood. In fact, this is one of the items in my plan to cut $5 trillion of federal spending over five years.   I will put half of the money from defunding Planned Parenthood and its extreme agenda toward deficit reduction and the other half for promoting adoption. I was thrilled to support legislation to respect the rights of pro-life doctors and nurses through a pro-life and pro-religious freedom conscience clause.  These types of protections are now being gutted and under attack by President Obama and his Administration.

While I was successfully fighting to end the gruesome practice of Partial Birth Abortion, Mitt Romney was allowing abortions for $50 through RomneyCare, free abortions for some and attending Planned Parenthood fundraisers.

Through RomneyCare, Massachusetts has the highest healthcare premiums in the nation and all citizens must subsidize abortion through their tax dollars.

The same Governor Romney who said it wasn’t until he was in his fifties and running for president the first time, that he discovered he was pro-life.   I’m glad he’s moving in the right direction now that a majority of Americans are embracing the culture of life and momentum is on the side of life.

Defense of the unborn is not just about issuing a statement or casting a vote. It is about making a commitment — and upholding a promise — to never waiver or give up the fight for life.  I have fought in the trenches of the pro-life movement for both unborn children and their mothers. Don’t just take my word for it.  Look at my record.   Ask those who advocate for abortion which of the Republican candidates for President will actually work tirelessly to stop it and affirm life. 

I authored the landmark Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act that put an end to the barbaric practice partially delivering an unborn child and brutally decapitating him or her.  This legislation was opposed by Planned Parenthood and then Senator Obama.  In fact, Planned Parenthood challenged the law in Court.  I sat in the Supreme Court during oral arguments and heard Planned Parenthood’s lawyer argue against a common-sense ban on partial birth abortion.  When liberal justices sided with Planned Parenthood, I did not give up.  We sent the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act back to the Supreme Court to get it right which they did thanks to the new Justices; a significant step forward for the culture of life.

While I was working to confirm conservative Justices Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, Governor Romney was appointing moderate, liberal, and gay activist judges in Massachusetts.

I actively worked to defend President Reagan’s policy of not funding organizations overseas that promote or perform abortions. I pushed to expand the adoption tax credit and encourage more American families to consider adopting or becoming foster care parents. I cosponsored and helped move legislation to make it a crime to transport a minor over state lines for an abortion in order to avoid state parental consent laws.  I was one of the top defenders and promoters of pro-life legislation.  This was not offering a mere talking point in a debate, instead I worked on over 25 different pieces of legislation defending life, limiting abortion, promoting adoption, and protecting religious freedom of those opposed to abortion measures.

President Obama is a fierce proponent of abortion and more than willing to undermine religious freedom in the process.  We need someone who stands tall for the dignity of all human life to be successful in November and to be successful for defending those who cannot defend themselves.

I believe just saying you are pro-life isn’t enough. America needs a demonstrated fighter and protector of human life from beginning to end. Someone who has a long established record of not just supporting life but for fighting the battles to protect this basic right.  To stand for life is one of my passions and privileges.  It’s not just an issue I support, its part of the very core of who I am.

We need a passionate defender of the dignity of all life, not mere lip service.  By God’s grace, I have done so and will continue to do so for all of God’s children.

Rick Santorum, a former representative and senator from Pennsylvania, is a candidate for the Republican nomination for president. 

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  • Christ_ina

    Wow is all I can say.  In Rick Santorum we have an opportunity to have a real American hero as our president.  This man is amazing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/PAMELAKAFIRLINER Pamela Kafir Farm Liner

    America needs a good man like Rick Santorum, it is sad that Americans are fooled so easily by the media hype and smears. GO RICK GO!

  • http://www.facebook.com/NeonShadows Christopher David Williams

    But “protecting life” isn’t a federal responsibility, it’s a state responsibility. We need to get the federal government out of abortion.

    • whomever

       When Roe vs Wade is overturned it will become a state issue. First things first.

      • http://www.facebook.com/garak99 Bill King

        You cannot have 50 different laws

      • Beth F

        Why does it work to have 50 different laws about murder for every other case of murder? 

      • Nishant Jeyaraj

        Hear Douglas who erred in the same way: ”
        I look forward to a time when each state shall be allowed to do as it pleases. If it chooses to keep slavery forever, it is not my business, but its own; if it chooses to abolish slavery, it is its own business, not mine.”

        This is a logical error. State’s rights do not trump human rights, for no one has the right to do wrong.

        States have the immediate jurisdiction to prosecute murder, and in putting this into effect, they may apply slightly different laws, either more strict or more lenient. 

        But states could never be said to have the right to decriminalize murder, that is utter absurdity. Nor would they have the right to decriminalize slavery, and the federal government would the right and responsibility to effect its own coercive jurisdiction over the states if they did.

        Government’s role is to do one thing – protect God-given human rights. Abortion is the greatest failing of our age, as slavery was some generations ago.

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      Should we allow a state to sanction murder?

  • DavidB

    It’s actually unreal that a man who wants to turn your country into a theocracy has done this well in the GOP nomination.

    • DrKay

      Let’s hope this bible thumper gets the nod.  Anyone with any sense of the value of a secular society woudn’t vote for this guy.  The numbers will plummet for Republican turnout in the general!  

      GO RICK GO!

  • Beth F

    So why did you vote to fund Title X when you were in the Senate? Hmmmmm? 

  • Dr. Kay

    Obama is NOT a proponent of abortion.  He is, however, a proponent of woman’s right to choose.  Vastly different concepts.

    • http://www.curtisneeley.com/NameMedia/2011-2558/2558_DocketPDFs/3881295-petition-for-rehearin-enbanc.pdf curtisneeley

       No – Proponent of the right to choose to kill is promoting abortion.  2 + 2 is always 4.  Facts and thinly veiled frauds are vastly different concepts. 

    • Debbie S, a woman

      Let’s be real–A woman’s “right to choose,” which sounds so noble, is actually “a woman’s right to choose to kill her baby.”  How noble is that?  And do we women actually think that we have, or SHOULD HAVE that right?  Shame on President Obama, and shame on all women who think that having the right to kill their children is in ANY way noble.  Rick Santorum has the conviction and courage to stand up for the rights of the unborn (who are completely unable–unlike grown men and women–to stand up for themselves).  Rick is a hero, as a champion of the very least of those among us, for he attempts to give these precious little ones a voice to plead, “PLEASE–give us a chance, as you have been given, to HAVE a life!” 

  • http://www.curtisneeley.com/NameMedia/2011-2558/2558_Docket.htm curtisneeley

     Wow. The media and liberal flock are sure to fight him now.
    I think it might have been better to reveal this later in the process.
    why does the FCC not regulate wire communications described in 47 USC §153 ¶59 as required by 47 USC §151?  It instead called the Internet for disguise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/garak99 Bill King

    And where is the woman’s voice in all this ? If you want to present a Pro Life POV I don’t agree but I respect it. But If you suggest or even imply that a woman pregnant due to rape is going to be chained to a gurney and forced to give birth to the rapist baby with no voice in the matter. That POV will discarded outright because that is NUTS. also contraception is not abortion

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6W3FNI5QIZCINC6ELPI2CMIFCI BancheroMedia

    Life issues extend far beyond saying you hate Planned Parenthood for promoting contraception and abortion (if indeed they do support abortion).

    As a Catholic, I have to extend this viewpoint to include the opposition to the death penalty as well as opposition for the use of deadly force (i.e., the military) to solve international issues.

    My guess is most people are overlooking these issues/

    • Nishant Jeyaraj

      No. There is no moral equivalence between a convicted murderer receiving his due penalty after “due process of law” and an innocent child being slaughtered simply for being conceived.

      Your position is the one that seems to be inconsistent, saying that innocent children can be thoughtlessly killed, but that malicious criminals do not forfeit their lives by their wicked deeds.

      One may support a limiting of the death penalty in instances when other means are sufficient for maintaining justice, that phrase being crucial. But it is false to claim that the death penalty is intrinsically illicit.

      I am a Catholic too, and that position, is what is upheld by Scripture, Tradition and the Church.