Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Brownback: “Pro-Lifers Can Trust McCain”

Sen. Sam Brownback writes in the February 10-16 issue of National Catholic Register:
I have been heartened to see such a lively discussion among people of faith regarding the presidential election. Many are rightly concerned about how best to ensure the protection of life, rebuild the family and renew the culture in America.

I was disappointed, however, to read Mark Stricherz write in the Register last week that “
McCain Sits Down for Life.” I found his column to be an unfair characterization of a man I have come to know and admire for many years.

I am convinced that John McCain is our best hope to advance the cause of human dignity on a broad spectrum of life issues. He is a true American hero, a consistent social and fiscal conservative, and most ready to be commander-in-chief.

Perhaps most important, however, John McCain is the best pro-life candidate to win in 2008.

Sen. McCain has a long, consistent 24-year pro-life voting record. Long before he decided to run for president, John McCain opposed abortion, fought to restrict it and supported overturning Roe v. Wade. He is no Johnny-come-lately to the cause.

John McCain is not pro-life out of convenience, but based on principle.

[Read the whole thing]

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
McCain Endorsed by "Republicans for Choice"

National Catholic Register: "McCain Sits Down for Life"

National Catholic Register on Candidate Endorsements by Pro-Life Catholics

Sam Brownback Lobbying John McCain on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Two Catholic Pro-Life Advocates Endorse John McCain's GOP Presidential Bid

McCain Gets Help from Brownback to Lure Catholics

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At 2/05/2008 11:40 AM, Blogger Bender said...

Nope. Didn't convince me.

At 2/05/2008 11:52 AM, Blogger Bender said...

Looks like Sen. Brownback, et al., have also failed to convince the pro-aborts of McCain's "pro-life" bona fides. In addition to Catholics for McCain, Republicans for Choice have also endorsed McCain, and Republican Majority for Choice is running attack ads against Romney, but not against McCain.

At 2/05/2008 12:38 PM, Blogger Jeff Miller said...

Life if precious unless you are an embryo, then you can be used for research. Oops the Senator left that out.

I think Brownback is just blind to McCain's failings. He couldn't give on example of pro-life legislation that McCain sponsored since it never happened. How about a major pro-life speech somewhere - again never happened. McCain has displayed no pro-life leadership, since voting the right way most of the time is not leadership. But then again this is true for almost all Republican Senators.

But as President McCain certainly would never veto any pro-life legislation, there is just doubt as to his judicial nominees since he backs off from confrontation with liberals, though not with conservatives.

At 2/05/2008 1:27 PM, Blogger Fredi said...

If I take the stand (and I do) that no one who supports, defends or condones the destruction of even a single embryonic person - even to benefit the health of another person - can honestly claim to be pro-life or deserve to be called such by anyone else (even if such a person were strongly opposed to every other crime against the sanctity of human life), I must also take the stand that neither McCain nor Romney is pro-life.

"McCain has said — it is true — that he approved embryo-destructive research in the limited case of so-called “spares”— those embryos “left-over” after couples have exhausted their interest in IVF. .... Now he realizes that there is no need to exploit “spare” embryos, in light of recent successes with adult cells." Gerard V. Bradley

I wouldn't call that a conversion of mind, heart or soul. It's merely a change in course of action, which may not be steadfast.

Can we say that a woman had changed her mind about the morality of abortion if after having seen an image of a surgically aborted child, she chose to have a chemical abortion, or because she was too far along to have a chemical abortion she chose to give birth, but would be willing to chemically abort her next child?

People are making too little out of embryo destruction. If this continues, we will end up doing less to fight against that form of killing our own citizens than we have against abortion.

If we continue to fail to emphasize the personhood and right to life of unborn children rather than the fact that surgical abortion mutilates them and that abortion hurts women, we will never win the fight against killing embryonic children.

We must equally defend the embryonic person. No matter how small, a person is a person.


At 2/05/2008 1:32 PM, Blogger Fredi said...

Corrected link:


At 2/05/2008 2:16 PM, Blogger Tito said...

Brownback will eat his words if McCain becomes president and does a H.W. Bush SCOTUS appointment a la Souter.

Ugh, I hope he's right.

For his political life, I hope Bronwback's right.

At 2/05/2008 4:09 PM, Blogger Bender said...

Brownback will eat his words

A lot of pro-life leaders will have destroyed their credibility by promoting McCain as being reliably pro-life. And I suspect that they will not have to wait for a President McCain to do a Souter redux. We have nine long months before the general election -- a long, long time for McCain to stab them in the back.

At 2/06/2008 9:43 AM, Blogger Dale P. said...

All the grousing about McCain's pro-life record has a core of substance, but it doesn't hold water when the proffered option is

Mitt Romney.

McCain's record is several orders of magnitude better.

Now, if you're talking Huckabee, that's a different story. But most folks haven't been.


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