Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate provides real comfort and assurance to America’s vast pro-Life community. There are lingering shadows of doubt about Romney’s commitment to pro-Life principles, but not so with Ryan. And, in fact, Romney’s selection of Ryan – his first major decision as the next leader of the free world – helps dispel those doubts.
Ryan has a perfect pro-Life record as a member of Congress.
More importantly, Ryan’s public statements and writings make clear that he is not simply voting pro-Life because of political pressure from constituents. As with his leadership on economic and fiscal policies, Ryan demonstrates a clear intellectual and spiritual grasp of the pro-Life position. He has spent the time and energy necessary to think through a pro-Life position and the time-honored ethics which underlie it:
“I cannot believe any official or citizen can still defend the notion that an unborn human being has no rights that an older person is bound to respect. I do know that we cannot go on forever feigning agnosticism about who is human. As Thomas Jefferson wrote, ‘The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time’. The freedom to choose is pointless for someone who does not have the freedom to live.”
This is a person who will not only support pro-Life policies as a critical member of the next Administration – he is a person capable of helping lead America back to its core values.
And it says a good deal about Mitt Romney that he would choose such a man.
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