I’ve always voted Republican because Republicans stood for life. Before I began really studying the political parties and our representatives, I remember getting frequent mailers touting the pro-life record of this or that Republican.
As I learned more, I realized the cynicism with which some of those Republicans asked for my vote. Living in a rural area, I was targeted as probably pro-life, and the mailers were sent to get me to vote on the single issue. Though I have had serious doubts about the other policies of Republicans who represent me, they are mostly OK on life issues, and certainly none of them could be referred to as pro-abortion.
When watching the president’s re-election kickoff in Orlando, I noticed his strong pro-life words and pride in his party.
“Virtually every top Democrat also now supports taxpayer-funded abortion right up to the moment of birth – ripping babies straight from the mothers’ womb. Leading Democrats have even opposed measures to prevent the execution of children after birth. You saw that in Virginia.
“Republicans believe that every life is a sacred gift from God. That is why I have asked Congress to prohibit extreme late-term abortions.”
But unfortunately, it is not true that all “Republicans believe that every life is a sacred gift from God.” Let’s take a look at Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont.
According to CNS News:
Last week, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed H. 57, a bill affirming abortion as a “fundamental human right,” and which would allow abortion up to the moment of birth.
The bill states, “The State of Vermont recognizes the fundamental right of every individual who becomes pregnant to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion.”
It also states, “A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law.”
The so-called Republican governor of Vermont calls the killing of a child a fundamental human right, and he proudly signed this bill into law — one of the most sweeping and radical abortion bills out there.
Upon signing, Scott said, “Like many Vermonters, I have consistently supported a woman’s right to choose, which is why today I signed H.57 into law. This legislation affirms what is already allowable in Vermont – protecting reproductive rights and ensuring those decisions remain between a woman and her health care provider. I know this issue can be polarizing, so I appreciate the respectful tone and civility from all sides throughout this discussion.”
But what respect, if any, is the governor entitled to?
It’s been a constant struggle within the Republican Party for pro-life forces to win internal battles. This president has consistently been strongly pro-life, and this helps account for the resurgence of pro-life vigor within the nation. But it hasn’t necessarily done the same within the Republican Party.
It’s not like Scott signed some non-consequential bill. This bill denies protection for any human being within the womb, at any time, and allows for the most barbaric and torturous means of execution, even within moments of birth. Why doesn’t the governor figure out first if these executions warrant civility and respectful tones?
The Republican Party, in order to remain consistent, ought to censure or otherwise purge such radical pro-aborts from the party if we are ever to have the moral high ground. There is no evidence that Phil Scott is a Republican, other than the fact that he calls himself one. He touts that he is a fiscal hawk, yet a quick glance at his “fiscal hawkishness” shows a weak, weak game of promises made, promises broken, familiar to every conservative who ever tried to figure out what the Republican Party actually stands for.
And the governor of Vermont is not alone. Throughout the Republican Party, pro-aborts continue to try to knock the pro-lifers down and out of existence.
But there is a new wave of thinking. The acknowledgement that the child within the womb has rights given to him by God, and not by government, as the quintessential “fundamental human right,” is what this nation was built upon. Our Declaration of Independence declares, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
To our Founders, it was obvious that the Creator bestowed upon us the right to life. It cannot be taken away by a vicious and twisted government, whether Republican or Democrat.
It is sad that what the president said about Republicans is not entirely, unmistakably true. It is wishful thinking that the party could actually say without equivocation that we stand for the fundamental right to life, but with people like Governor Scott claiming he’s one of us, we certainly cannot.
Jen Kuznicki is a contributor to Conservative Review, a blue-collar wife and mom, a political writer, humorist, and conservative activist, a seamstress by trade, and compelled to write. Follow her on Twitter @JenKuznicki.