The National Right to Life Committee is the nation's largest pro-life organization with 50 state affiliates and 3000 local chapters, dedicated to protecting innocent human life that is threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia.
Through the National Right to Life PAC, we are committed to helping elect a president who believes in the sanctity of human life and who will work to protect the lives of unborn children.
On behalf of the National Right to Life Committee, I am proud to announce our endorsement of George W. Bush for President of the United States.
Governor Bush has maintained a strong and consistent pro-life position both as governor and throughout this campaign. As he said on NBC's Meet the Press last November, "I'm going to set a goal that says the unborn ought to be protected in law and welcomed to life. That ought to be a national goal. ...And the first step is to have a president who values life. Part of ushering in the responsibility era, of which I talk a lot about, is for folks to understand the preciousness of life. It's not only life of the unborn, it is life for the elderly, it is life for the young." (Interview with Tim Russert, NBC "Meet the Press," 11/21/99).
We fully agree. Because there were initially a large number of pro-life candidates in the Republican contest, we did not endorse before the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.
However, as the number of Republican candidates has dwindled, polls show that this is now essentially a two-person race with only George Bush and John McCain having a realistic chance of winning the nomination.
John McCain has made conflicting statements on abortion during the campaign. He told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle that he would not support reversing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, which legalized abortion on demand "in the short term or even the long term." (San Francisco Chronicle, August 20, 1999)
In the same interview, he referred to abortion as being "necessary." We disagree.
World magazine quoted McCain as expressing similar sentiments and saying that reversal of Roe v. Wade would "endanger the lives of women." (World, August 21,1999) Again, we disagree. Not reversing Roe v. Wade is costing the lives of 1.3 million children every year.
In the closing days before the New Hampshire primary, John McCain made statements that were characterized by the pro-abortion Republican Pro-Choice Coalition as "pro-choice."
On the Democratic side, Vice President Al Gore and former Senator Bill Bradley are trying to out-do each other to see which of them has the stronger pro-abortion position.
Recently, there has been much focus on Al Gore's flip-flop on abortion. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee, he had a pro-life voting record. Gore changed his position when he sought higher office. However, today there is no difference in Al Gore's and Bill Bradley's extreme pro-abortion stance. Either would be deadly for unborn children.
We applaud Governor Bush for his courageous and consistent pro-life stand. We believe that with President George W. Bush in the White House, millions of unborn children will be saved.
We strongly urge all Americans who are concerned about protecting the lives of unborn children, persons with disabilities, and older Americans, to vote for George W. Bush for President!
Statement of David N. O'Steen, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Right to Life Committee, and Carol Tobias, NRL PAC Director, February 9, 2000