As conservatives mourn the death of Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly, one national pro-life leader credits her for ensuring the Republican Party is definitively pro-life.
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America and a longtime friend of Schlafly, said the conservative icon and constitutionalist was one of her “personal heroes and mentors who inspired millions to the fight against abortion and the disastrous Equal Rights Amendment which would have made abortion a constitutional right.”
“Phyllis is the reason the Republican Party is a pro-life party,” said Hawkins. “Phyllis will be missed yet her legacy will live on through my generation and in the young women who are fearless in the fight for the lives of the preborn and their mothers on their campuses and in their workplaces and communities.”
The 2016 Republican Party platform states:
We affirm — as did the Declaration of Independence: that all are created equal, endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We believe in the Constitution as our founding document.
We believe the Constitution was written not as a flexible document, but as our enduring covenant.
We believe our constitutional system — limited government, separation of powers, federalism, and the rights of the people — must be preserved uncompromised for future generations.
The Constitution’s guarantee that no one can “be deprived of life, liberty or property” deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that “all” are “endowed by their Creator” with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth.
Last week, on August 31, 2016, Schlafly wrote in a blog post at the Eagle Forum website that abortion is “Un-American:”
America has always been a place where life is valued, going back to our founding documents. Thomas Jefferson wrote of the American value of life in the Declaration of Independence. He penned the famous words “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.” When the abortion issue took center stage in 1973, many Americans wondered how the Roe v. Wade decision could be made compatible with American values. However, it is clear that abortion and American values can never co-exist.
Abortionists cannot hide behind scientific evidence because science is clearly on the side of life. Modern science shows that unborn children are not senseless clumps of cells. They are unique human beings. Science in the field of genetics prove that unborn children have a unique genetic makeup beginning at conception. The ultrasound machine and certain pain-capability tests also prove that unborn children are truly alive.
Abortionists cannot hide behind a globalist worldview either. The sad truth is that America has less restrictions on abortions then most other countries in the world. The United States is one of only four countries that allow late term abortions for any reason. That puts us in the company of countries like Communist China and North Korea. Most countries have severe restrictions on abortion or ban it altogether. In most European countries, it is impossible to get an abortion past 12 weeks except in narrow circumstances. The United States should not betray our own values. The American people should not have to kowtow to the whim of a few judicial supremacists. More Americans than ever oppose abortion. It is time for the voice of the people to be heard.