Arizona Right to Life Endorses Rick Santorum for President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2012
CONTACT: Michelle Clements

Arizona Right to Life Endorses Rick Santorum for President
We Pick Rick 

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Right to Life Political Action Committee (AZRTL PAC) today announced its endorsement of Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential primary. AZRTL PAC endorsed Rick Santorum based on his strong pro-life record and his leadership over the years.

Santorum authored the law banning partial-birth abortions, as well as the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, providing appropriate care for infants who survive an abortion. He was a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, and also sponsored legislation related to end of life issues. He continues to be an outspoken opponent of federal funding of abortion. The AZRTL PAC considered Santorum’s support of these priority issues in deciding to endorse him.

“There are few who are as articulate and passionate on life issues as Senator Santorum,” said Michelle Clements, President of Arizona Right to Life. “He not only voted the right way, he talks about the dignity and value of every human life whenever he has the opportunity, and he lives out those values in his own personal life. We are grateful for his leadership and proud to endorse him.”

AZRTL PAC acknowledges that all the Republican presidential candidates have declared they are pro-life, and that other candidates have strong pro-life voting records. Arizona Right to Life commends them for their support and defense of life.

“The one person we know is unapologetically pro-choice, even supporting partial-birth abortion and federal funding of abortion, is President Barack Obama,” said Clements. “This is a critically important election, and we take comfort in knowing that the Republican nominee will take a strong position in contrast to President Obama who is the only pro-choice candidate.” 

“We encourage Arizonans to support Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential primary election Tuesday, February 28.”

For nearly 40 years Arizona Right to Life has been committed to articulating and protecting the right to life of all human beings, born and unborn. Our passion is reaching the next generation for LIFE. For more information visit www.azrtl.org.Find us on Facebook.com/AZRTL or follow us at Twitter.com/AZRTL. 

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Comments

  1. Wow. Someone got snookered. Rick Santorum says: “I was pro-choice all my life until I ran for Congress.”

    http://i.huffpost.com/gen/507177/RICK-SANTORUM.jpg

    Flip flop much, Rick, AZRTL?

    I’ve been pro-life my whole life. It didn’t take an election to sway me. Why? It’s called a PRINCIPLE. Get some, Rick.

    • True Conservative says

      That doesn’t seem like a fair attack on Santorum.

      He admits he became more religious, more conservative over time, and recognizing life was part of his maturing.

      Would you rather have a candidate who supports your cause, even if it’s only been for 15 years of so (/sarcarm) or the candidate that doesn’t?

      At present, Santorum is the only viable, genuine pro-life candidate. For issue voters, he seems the logical, if not the exclusive, choice. Dr. Paul certainly is also pro-life, but is he even remotely viable to win the primary, much less the general?

  2. Conservative American says

    Oberserve writes: “Wow. Someone got snookered.”

    Santorum Record on Defending the Dignity of Every Human Life

    – Abortion

    – Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act (Sponsor – signed into law in 2003) – Over several Congresses, he was the Senate author and champion of this bill to ban partial birth abortions.

    – Born Alive Infants Protection Act (Sponsor – signed into law in 2002) – This bill ensured appropriate care is provided for those infants who survive an abortion.

    – Unborn Victims of Violence Act (Co-sponsor – DeWine) – This bill, signed into law in 2004, made it a federal offense to injure or kill a fetus while committing a federal crime.

    – Informed Choices Act (Co-sponsor – Bunning) – This bill would have provided grants to non-profit organizations to purchase ultrasound equipment and provide free examinations to pregnant women.

    – Child Custody Protection Act (Longtime cosponsor and supporter of this Ensign bill and similar efforts) – This bill would prohibit individuals from taking minors across state lines for abortions in order to avoid state parental consent laws.

    – Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (Co-sponsor) – This bill required abortionists to inform women having an abortion that studies show that the unborn child feels pain during an abortion performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy and give her the opportunity, should she choose to continue the procedure, to allow the child to be treated for that pain.

    – Workplace Religious Freedom Act, Abortion Non-Discrimination Act, and Health Care Entity Protection Act (Sponsor and Co-sponsor) – These bills, respectively, would protect the individual conscious rights of individuals to not participate in procedures they believe to be morally wrong and prevent health care entities from being discriminated against in receiving Federal or State funding because the entity refuses to provide coverage of, or pay for, induced abortions.

    – RU-486 Suspension and Review Act and RU-486 Patient Health and Safety Protection Act (Co-sponsor) – These bills, respectively, would have withdrawn the approved application of the drug RU- 486 and allow for a review of the process by which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug and would require the FDA to establish restrictions regarding the qualifications of physicians to prescribe the abortion drug commonly known as RU-486.

    – Voiced concerns to the Bush Administration about the impact of making the Morning After Pill available without a prescription to youth and asked for the Administration to research the potential harmful effects of abortion on the women who have them.

    – Alternatives to Abortion

    – Women and Children’s Resources Act (sponsor – 1999) – This bill was intended to link women to a network of supportive organizations who are ready and willing to offer assistance in the form of pregnancy testing, adoption information, prenatal and postpartum health care, maternity and baby clothing, food, diapers, and information on childbirth and parenting. Women could also have received referrals for housing, education, and vocational training. Low-income women would have been given priority for these services. He also sought to work with the Executive Branch to support of these important efforts through established programs.

    – Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act (cosponsor) – This bill would have provided grants to institutions of higher education to establish student services offices for pregnant students, parenting students, prospective parenting students anticipating a birth or adoption, and students who are placing or have placed a child for adoption.

    – Informed Choices Act (co-sponsor) – This bill would have provided grants to non-profit organizations to purchase ultrasound equipment and provide free examinations to pregnant women.

    – Strongly supported funding of abstinence education programs that informed and helped teens make the best choices for a fulfilling and productive life.

    – Adoption and Foster Care

    – Supported legislation to extend and expand the Adoption Tax Credit, making adoption more affordable to thousands of families.

    – Supported Promoting Safe and Stable Families Initiatives programs. These programs are designed to help the most vulnerable children be safe, healthy, and find a permanent home, including supporting families who adopt children from foster care. They also help teens aging out of the foster care system without having been adopted to make a successful transition to productive, independent living by providing services such as education, job training, life skills training, and housing help.

    – As a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, he supported numerous international adoption efforts and recognized families across the Commonwealth as “Angels in Adoption” for the steps they had taken to personally care for vulnerable children.

    – Euthanasia

    – Assisted Suicide Prevention Act (co-sponsor) – This bill would have amended the Controlled Substances Act to prohibit medical practitioners from using a controlled substance for the purpose of assisting suicide or causing the death of any person. It provides that dispensing, distributing, or administering a controlled substance to alleviate pain or discomfort in the usual course of professional practice consistent with public health and safety is a legitimate medical purpose, even if the use of such substance may increase the risk of death.

    – Pain Relief Promotion Act (co-sponsor in 105th Congress) – This bill sought to promote pain management and palliative care without permitting assisted suicide and euthanasia.

    – Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act (cosponsor) – This bill would have granted habeas corpus rights to persons who have a court ordered removal of life-sustaining food, fluid, or medical treatment.

    – Lethal Drug Abuse Prevention Act (cosponsor in 105th Congress) – This bill would have clarified Federal law to prohibit the dispensing or distribution of a controlled substance for the purpose of causing, or assisting in causing, the suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing of any individual.

    – Bioethics

    – The Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act. (Sponsor – It passed the Senate by a vote of 100-0 in 2006 before being killed in the House by members who opposed support for these alternative methods that do not involve the destruction of human embryos.) This legislation would have further intensified research into non-controversial methods of deriving pluripotent stem cell lines to result in improved understanding of treatments for diseases and other adverse health conditions.

    – Fetus Farming Prohibition Act (sponsored this important legislation that was signed into law by President Bush in 2006) – This bill prohibited researchers from acquiring tissue from fetuses gestated in a human or animal womb for research purposes.

    – Chimera Prohibition Act (Co-sponsor) – This bill would have prevented chimeras (human-animal genetic hybrids) created with uniquely human genetic characteristics. Animal could not be fused with human brain or reproductive tissue. This ban would also ban human embryos from being implanted in animals.

    – The Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act (Co-sponsor of this bill signed into law in 2005 by President Bush) – This bill requires the Secretary of HHS to contract with qualified cord blood stem cell banks to assist in the collection and maintenance of 150,000 new units of high-quality cord blood to be made available for transplantation through the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program.

    – Human Cloning Prohibition Act (Co-sponsor) – This bill would outlaw all cloning of the human embryo for any purpose.

    – Conscience Clause/Religious Freedom

    – Workplace Religious Freedom Act (sponsor) – This bill would restore a balanced approach to religious freedom in the workplace. This measure would restore provisions in the Civil Rights Act, undermined by the courts, which required employers to accommodate the religious beliefs of their employees, unless doing so would cause significant difficulty or financial hardship for the employer.

    – Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (sponsor and cosponsor) – This bill would have prohibited the federal government, and any state or local government that receives federal funding, from discriminating against any health care entity because the entity refuses to provide coverage of, or pay for, induced abortions. This legislation clarifies existing law that states that health care entities should not be coerced into providing abortion services that they believe to be morally wrong.

    – Health Care Entity Protection Act (sponsor in 105th Congress) – This bill would have prohibited discrimination against health care entities that refuse to provide, provide coverage for, pay for, or provide referrals for abortions.

    • And he voted for Sonia Sotomayor.

      Nice try, “Conservative” American. lol

      • Conservative American says

        ROFL! Nice try yourself, Underserved! And that has what to do with Santorum’s pro-life legislative record?

        Have a nice day, Underserved! 😉

  3. Chandler Right says

    The thing about Rick’s conversion… he didnt just vote for pro-life bills he PUSHED and authored legislation like the partial birth abortion bill. He went further for the effort than anyone. Here is a good piece on Mitt and life http://www.slatev.com/video/romneys-abortion-record-spin-vs-truth/

  4. Um if Santorum is the most pro life choice then this country is in trouble. One look at his voting record speaks volumes for how pro life he really is.

    Quoting True Conservative~
    “”He admits he became more religious, more conservative over time, and recognizing life was part of his maturing.
    Would you rather have a candidate who supports your cause, even if it’s only been for 15 years of so (/sarcarm) or the candidate that doesn’t?””

    I’d rather have a President that doesn’t look at it as a team sport, and that “sometimes you have to take one for the team” <—-That is true maturity LMAO. Santorum is the true WACKO! And being the "team player" he is, he'll say whatever he has to for vote, but what will he really do game day? Take one for the team….he says so himself. I'd vote for Santorum as if he was running for Preacher of the year…..but not for President. We need someone who's not afraid to NOT take one for the team!!!!

  5. At this point and time….I can say it’s narrowed down to Romney or Paul. Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingerich, all three have taken a more active approach to the real issues facing this country. However I think Gingerich has aided to the problems with his support of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae….and hasn’t really accepted responsibility for it, he’d rather pull the wool over our eyes and make us think he was trying to stop it. Newt is a very good talker, and quick on feet, which could be good for a President, but I think his track record of saying on thing and doing another is pretty prominent. I don’t feel like with Newt you “really” know where he stands on anything. Mitt Romney definitely has the business record that could be beneficial to leading this country out of the economical down slide we are in. His flip flopping concerns me, but I think he could be a leader for the country. He has the resources and fight to go against Obama. Ron Paul….well I think he is consistent on every issue so then you have to break it down to what issues you agree with him on. I think at this point and time he too could be a good leader for this country. At least agree or disagree, you would know where he stands on every issue. Santorum again I’ll say this….it appears social issues are his biggest concern, and that shouldn’t be the main issue right now. We need a leader that cares about getting this country back on track, and reigning the governments spending and regulating back into perspective.

    • Conservative American says

      Despite the fact that none are perfect, I’ll vote for the Republican nominee because any of them will be better than B. Hussein Obama.

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