Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Arizona Right to Life has endorsed Rick Santorum for President.   Arizona Right to Life PAC issued its statement of support for the former Pennsylvania Senator.

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Right to Life Political Action Committee (AZRTL PAC) today announced its endorsement of Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential primary. AZRTL PAC endorsed Rick Santorum based on his strong pro-life record and his leadership over the years.
Santorum authored the law banning partial-birth abortions, as well as the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, providing appropriate care for infants who survive an abortion. He was a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, and also sponsored legislation related to end of life issues. He continues to be an outspoken opponent of federal funding of abortion. The AZRTL PAC considered Santorum’s support of these priority issues in deciding to endorse him.
“There are few who are as articulate and passionate on life issues as Senator Santorum,” said Michelle Clements, president of Arizona Right to Life. “He not only voted the right way, he talks about the dignity and value of every human life whenever he has the opportunity, and he lives out those values in his own personal life. We are grateful for his leadership and proud to endorse him.”
AZRTL PAC acknowledges that all the Republican presidential candidates have declared they are pro-life, and that other candidates have strong pro-life voting records. Arizona Right to Life commends them for their support and defense of life.
“The one person we know is unapologetically pro-choice, even supporting partial-birth abortion and federal funding of abortion, is President Barack Obama,” said Clements. “This is a critically important election, and we take comfort in knowing that the Republican nominee will take a strong position in contrast to President Obama who is the only pro-choice candidate.”
“We encourage Arizonans to support Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential primary election Tuesday, February 28.”
For nearly 40 years Arizona Right to Life has been committed to articulating and protecting the right to life of all human beings, born and unborn. Our passion is reaching the next generation for LIFE. For more information visit www.azrtl.org. Find us on Facebook.com/AZRTL or follow us at Twitter.com/AZRTL.

I am pleased to see the effort and also applaud the comments made tonight at the rally by AZRTL president Michelle Clements, conservative leader, Cathi Herrod, and former GOP gubernatorial candidate, Len Munsil who all reminded everyone why Santorum was such a logical choice for Arizona.


At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Jakubczyk,

In considering the moral theology of the Church as articulated through the ages (c.f. Veratitis Splendor, GEM Anscombe, Rev. John Ford SJ, down to the Gospel) can we really support someone like Rick Santorum as a person who fails to stand up with a consistent ethic of life "of all human beings, born and unborn."

Rick Santorum has publicly supported the assassination of innocent civilians that are Iranian nuclear engineers. Mr. Santorum has said this practice is "a wonderful thing" as applied to Iranians, or Russian scientists. Could assassination of the Manhattan Project scientists have been justified seeing that is yet to be the only project to yield the evil fruit of obliterating two cities? No. How about nuclear engineers who work on constructing nuclear power plants? No. Such is the plain and simple the public support of murder. [Murder and abortion are both per se evils; capital punishment and just war are not a per se evil and can be morally justified under the Law. Assassination of civilian scientists is not capital punishment nor just war.]

Accordingly, Mr. Santorum's position indicates a failure of understanding of the Church's position on life as derived from moral theology. And in doing so, Mr. Santorum compromises the pro-life movement in the United States, which is a movement "committed to articulating and protecting the right to life of all human beings, born and unborn." We are at a time in the history of the American Catholic Church where we must be disciplined to maintain a complete and consistent view of life against the politicized and compartmentalized view of our world.

Perhaps there is reason to endorse Mr. Santorum, however, it must be a qualified endorsement that considers all the relevant facts with respect to his current stand on life which does not begin and end with abortion issues alone.

God Bless,


At 12:12 AM, Blogger John J. Jakubczyk said...

Arizona Right to Life issues its endorsements based upon the candidate's position on the 'life' issues, which concern the protection and defense of innocent human life in the womb, as ell as those medically dependent and disabled, and those near death. Your comments concern another area that go beyond. AZRTL's focus.
That being said, there are those who consider war and the defense of one's country to be a subject that requires prudential judgment. People can disagree with tactics and strategies. you made the comment about the assassination of the Iranian scientists. Whether they were innocent or part of a conspiracy to do greater harm to innocent civilians through the use of a bomb they developed is a matter for prudential judgment.

As for Senator Santorum, It is my belief based upon my conversations wit the man that he is indeed someone who very much respects innocent human life, but is also willing to defend this country from what he sees as terrorist activity. I think his approach will take your considerations to heart as he determines what is the best course of action.
I also think that not enough people are conversant with the history of radical Islam and their penchant for over-reaction. Example - the violence that followed the mistaken disposal of the Koran. If people can be killed justifiably in the mind of a radical Islamist, then the effort to destroy Israel with a bomb is not a fantasy.


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