Via a Students for Life of America email:
We are excited to announce the first ever Presidential Pro-Life Forum, a national tele-town hall and radio simulcast presented by Personhood USA in partnership with Champion The Vote and other national pro-life organizations tomorrow, December 27 at 8:00 – 9:30 pm CST.
All current Presidential candidates have been invited to participate, and as of now, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum are confirmed.
We hope you’ll attend this 90-minute town hall conference call to hear the candidates discuss their views on right to lifeissues. On the tele-conference, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and to give instant feedback to thoughts and ideas shared. The programwill also be heard live on Steve Deace’s nationally-syndicated radio show on the Salem Network. Please visit www.ChampionTheVote.com to register!
While it’s good to see that life issues are getting attention, I have some concerns about the Presidential Pro-Life Forum. Champion the Vote describes itself as a group of voters who “are passionate about America and God’s word” and “long to see our nation return to the timeless truth of a Biblical worldview.” Many of the co-sponsoring organizations have similar missions. It appears likely that the Forum will frame the right to life in religious terms, potentially alienating non-Christian voters.
On the plus side, the Forum will provide opportunities for live questions and answers. It is entirely appropriate for pro-life voters to ask the candidates how they would advance science, promote pro-life cooperation, and represent citizens of all faith backgrounds as president. Secular Pro-Life encourages you to ask those questions of Gingrich, Perry, Bachmann, and Santorum tomorrow night. All four are pro-life: but which would best guide us into a pro-life future?