Marjorie Dannenfelser

Some Republicans in recent months have suggested that social issues, including the issue of protecting innocent, unborn children, will take a back seat during the 2012 election cycle. The nation’s unemployment rates, foreclosure rate, and credit rating, are all worse than they were when Obama took office in 2009. He has failed to turn the nation’s economy around and continues to blame his failures on his predecessor. For these, and other fiscal and economic reasons, some have speculated that social conservatives are going to play second fiddle in the coming Presidential election.

The Republican presidential primary season launched into full swing in Ames, Iowa last week, and one thing was made perfectly clear: the issue of Life will be front and center in the Republican nominating process.

Each of the candidates in Iowa showed they are not just going to pay lip service to the pro-life community and its efforts. Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum made specific references while in Ames to the importance of protecting life and testified to their determination to take the fight to the federal level if elected to the White House.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, winner of the Iowa Straw Poll, made clear her pro-life convictions during the Presidential Debate, stating, “I believe you can get money wrong, but you can’t get life wrong."

The most telling moment, however, came when Representative Ron Paul, in his speech on Saturday, devoted the first five minutes to discussing his position on life. He pulled on our heart-strings with a personal story from his practice as an obstetrician, defining for everyone that his conception of libertarianism is adamantly and whole-heartedly pro-life.

“We must preserve all life if we expect to protect the individual liberty of each and every one of us, and that means the unborn as well…let me assure you, as an OB doctor…life begins at conception.” Congressman Paul went on to explain, “There is no reason in the world this government can't protect life, rather than the destruction of life, like they do when they finance abortion; that has to stop. The most important way that can be stopped is the reversal and the elimination of that horrible ruling – Roe vs. Wade must be reversed.”

Marjorie Dannenfelser

Marjorie Dannenfelser is President of the Susan B. Anthony List.

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