On Friday, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, now running for the Republican presidential nomination to take on President Barack Obama in 2012, spoke to pro-life activists meeting in Jacksonville for the annual convention of the National Right-to-Life Committee (NRLC).
The last of five Republican hopefuls to speak to the NRLC, Pawlenty addressed the convention via Skype.
The former governor praised pro-life activists for their fight against abortion, calling their shared opposition to that procedure a cornerstone of our values.
Im glad youre here to restore the culture of life, said Pawlenty. The culture of life in America matters.
Pawlenty spoke against taxpayer funding of abortion and promised, if elected, to pull the plug on it.
Reviewing his eight years in office as governor of the North Star State, Pawlenty noted with pride that abortions dropped 14 percent during his tenure, reaching a 35-year low. He also pointed to his work with pro-life groups like the NRLC and Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. Pawlenty also referenced a piece in the iconic conservative magazine National Review which noted that the former governor has one of the best records against abortion among all the Republican presidential hopefuls.
Offering shorter remarks than the other Republican hopefuls who addressed the NRLC, which has more than 3,000 chapters across the nation, Pawlenty closed once again by praising activists for continuing their fight against abortion.
Youre doing the work of getting hearts and minds changed across the culture, insisted Pawlenty.
Looking into the future, the former governor expressed optimism for the pro-life cause. We will be a fully pro-life nation, vowed Pawlenty.
Pawlenty changed the times of flights Friday so he could address the convention and said he was disappointed that he was not able to attend in person.
Were with you in spirit, he said.
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