GOP presidential candidates speak out for pre-born at National Right to Life event
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Life is a top issue for America, say seven of the Republican Party's presidential candidates.
Speaking both in person and via video, candidates whose ability to win the GOP's 2016 primary will heavily rely on appeal to pro-life voters showcased their support for life at the 45th annual National Right to Life Convention last week.
In excerpts provided by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC)'s website, the candidates all addressed the importance of caring for the most vulnerable in society. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, did so by video message, while Dr. Ben Carson, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio participated in a morning forum. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addressed the Festival of Life.
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Here is what the presidential hopefuls had to say:
Gov. Jeb Bush: "When we devalue life, whether it's at the beginning of life or at the end, we devalue our society, we devalue our culture. This is a value … that is hugely important: that we need to protect innocent life in every aspect."
Dr. Ben Carson: "It is up to us, the people, to stand up for what we believe in, and what I believe in is life, and using the talent that God has provided to give life."
Sen. Ted Cruz: "There is no more precious, more fundamental right than the right to life. Our founders had the foreknowledge to protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, in that order. Without life, there is no liberty. Without life, there is no pursuit of happiness."
"I know life begins at conception. This is not a matter of debate." – Rick Santorum
Gov. Bobby Jindal: "We can't declare victory until every life – the unborn, as well as the elderly, the disabled – every human life is welcomed and celebrated in our country, in our culture."
Gov. Rick Perry: "As long as Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, the only way to stop abortion is one pregnancy at a time, one woman at a time, one heart at time. … We leave here as an army … of love, of compassion, of tolerance, of healing."
Sen. Marco Rubio: "The goal of reclaiming the American dream, which is, itself, about defending the potential of every human being – this goal can never be complete if we do not succeed in defending the basic right of every human life to exist."
Sen. Rick Santorum: "I do not believe life begins at conception. I know life begins at conception. This is not a matter of debate. This is not a matter of faith. It's not a matter of belief."
Candidate speeches can be seen here.