Pro-Choice Republicans Congratulate Bush

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

( - The Republican Pro-Choice Coalition is congratulating Governor George W. Bush and Secretary Richard Cheney on their election as president and vice president, even though both men have declared they are pro-life.

The coalition wants Bush to call a moratorium on anti-abortion legislation.

"As Republicans, we are in a unique position to work with the administration on behalf of reproductive health issues and look forward to doing so. We hope President Bush can emulate his relationship with the Democratic Texas legislature by applying those same skills to these difficult issues that have been so divisive within our Party and the country as a whole," Coalition Co-Chairman Susan Cullman said in a statement.

"It is in that spirit," Cullman continued, "that we ask him to call a moratorium on useless and disruptive anti-abortion legislation while leading us toward solutions that reduce the need for abortion."

The coalition wants Bush to take up an "expanded agenda" that would address problems of "teen pregnancy, maternal mortality and lack of affordable medical care for women in America."

Coalition National Director Lynn Grefe said, "While the Republican Pro-Choice Coalition is committed to keeping abortion safe and legal, we would welcome all attempts to launch a pro-active reproductive health plan for prevention. That is exactly what President-elect Bush now has the opportunity to do. It may be one of the rare proposals that would receive solid support in this upcoming gridlocked Congress."

But Planned Parenthood takes a different view of Bush's election, insisting that "George Bush has no mandate to interfere with a woman's right to choose." The group also believes American voters made it clear that they want a "pro-choice" president.

"Pro-choice Al Gore got the popular vote nationally, and when you add votes cast for pro-choice Ralph Nader, you have a clear voter preference for a pro-choice president," Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt said in a statement.

Feldt vowed that Planned Parenthood "will continue to tell Americans the truth about the very real threats that the new administration may pose for reproductive rights and health. And we will remain steadfast with the majority of Americans who support not only a woman's right to choose, but also [support] increased access a full range of reproductive health care services and information."