Texas governor Rick Perry joined the ranks of other Republican presidential hopefuls to sign the Pro-Life Presidential Leadership Pledge. Other candidates to sign the list include Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Thad McCotter. Mitt Romney, John Huntsman, Herman Cain and Gary Johnson have all declined to place their name to the pledge.
Not surprising is the blinding absence of Democratic signatures on the list, which was created by the Susan B. Anthony organization. The Pledge consists of four primary principles which are:
FIRST, to nominate to the U.S. federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench;
SECOND, to select only pro-life appointees for relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health & Human Services;
THIRD, to advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions;
FOURTH, advance and sign into law a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.
According to several recent reports, more and more voters are claiming that they will only vote for a candidate whose name appears on the Pro-Life Citizen’s Pledge.
After signing the Pledge, Gov. Perry proclaimed:
“I not only pledge to protect unborn life, but have a record of doing so in Texas. I have signed legislation requiring parental consent for a minor to obtain an abortion, and have long advocated adoption as an alternative to abortion in order to protect unborn children.”
To many conservative Americans the sanctity of life is just as an important issue as is the economy and jobs, so time will have to tell whether or not the right-to-life and abortion issue will play a key role in getting the right person into the White House next year.