As the Republican presidential candidates battle to become the next presidential nominee for the Republican Party, a new Rasmussen poll shows the economy as the number one issue people are concerned about. Rounding out the top five issues of concern are government ethics and corruption, health care, taxes, and education. The issue of abortion didn’t even make the top ten. How disappointing!
Abortion should be at the top of the list. Abortion touches all of the other issues directly or indirectly. Because of the missing 54+ million babies who have been killed by abortion, our economy has suffered. Money from the abortion industry, and Planned Parenthood specifically, that is funneling into the political campaigns of politicians has certainly affected voting outcomes. Just look at the latest attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. Abortion is certainly a healthcare issue; not the right to an abortion but certainly the health of the babies is affected. A new survey published in the British Journal of Psychology found 81 percent of women who have had an abortion to be at increased risk for significant mental health problems. That’s certainly a health issue. The old saying “only two things are certain in our lifetime, death and taxes” is certainly affected by the lack of the taxes not being paid by the 54+ million not working and paying taxes. And last but not least, education; an important issue but one that is mute for the babies not alive to receive an education.
All that being said, I’m glad that the Republican presidential candidates at the Palmetto Freedom Forum on Monday in South Caroline had a chance to respond to an interesting question regarding abortion and express their position on a very important issue, namely, personhood. Attending the debate were businessman Herman Cain, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Congressman Ron Paul, and former Governor Mitt Romney.
According to Michael J. New of the National Review Online, “Princeton professor Robert P. George asked all five candidates whether they would support legislation, under Section Five of the 14th Amendment, that would restore legal protection for unborn children. The 14th Amendment guarantees that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” The fifth section gives Congress the power to enforce, “by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.” The strategy Professor George is proposing would be for Congress to legislate that unborn children are persons under the 14th Amendment.
Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich said they would support such legislation. Ron Paul said that crime should be a state-level issue. He said that he would support a bill that would deprive lower federal courts of jurisdiction over abortion cases, so that state restrictions on abortion would be immune from judicial review. Mitt Romney said that he feared such legislation would provoke a constitutional crisis. Instead, he would focus on appointing judges who would return abortion regulation to the states.”
The issue of personhood is being brought up at the state level in every state with Personhood USA leading the way to try and change laws at the state level. You can sign a petition for your state here.
Now we have three presidential candidates who have proclaimed that they would support such legislative laws to give the unborn their personhood and their protection under the law and thereby making abortion illegal in America. Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich, we applaud you for your courage and commitment to stand up for the unborn.
Mr. Cain also pointed to his many successes in bringing major corporations back from the brink of economic collapse to healthy and prosperous economic recovery.
Protecting the unborn is a very important issue, and it too is an economic issue. Abortion is costing over 3,700 babies their lives every single day in America alone. Read George P. Schwartz’s book Good Returns to discover the negative impact it has on our economy. Inquiring minds will want to know.