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Women in government honored for pro-life commitment

Pro-life women in both federal and state governments were honored at a recent celebration for their commitment to the unborn, despite the political pressure that accompanies their professions.

"How we approach the most vulnerable among us is a reflection of who we are as a people," said Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).

Ayotte spoke at an Aug. 30 Celebration of Pro-Life Women Leaders in Tampa, Fla., hosted by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List and Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.

Leading pro-life legislators attended the celebration, which coincided with the Republican National Convention, and explained that supporting life does not amount to an attack on women.

Ayotte, who was honored at the event as the only pro-life woman in the U.S. Senate, said that the position of those who support abortion is "not consistent with the basic values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that this country was founded upon."

"It is not who we are as an American people," she said.

The New Hampshire senator observed that it is "arbitrary" to suggest that the rights of a human child must be respected only after birth.

"The logic and the righteousness are on our side on this incredibly important issue," she said.

With President Obama working to "radically expand" taxpayer funding of abortion, Ayotte explained that "it is not an understatement to say that life is on the line in this election."

While economic issues are very significant, she said, "the respect for life really is incredibly important."

Also honored at the event was Rebecca Kleefisch, lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, who worked within her state to ensure that women in need could get treatment and cancer screenings, not from abortion giant Planned Parenthood, but from other doctors in their home counties.

Kleefisch also fought to make certain that the University of Wisconsin hospital system would no longer use taxpayer funds to teach or perform abortions.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) described how she and her husband were moved to take in 23 foster children over the years.

"We are lovers of life," she said.

Americans recognize the "immutable truth" that "we are made in the image and likeness of a Holy God," she added, noting that polls now indicate that the majority of the U.S. is pro-life.

Bachmann warned that taxpayer subsidized abortion is a "central" part of the Affordable Care Act.

This concern was reiterated by Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, who added that "the fact now that they're trying to infringe on our religious liberty is absurd."

Religious freedom has become a critical concern under the health care law, due to a federal mandate that requires employers to offer coverage of contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs in their health insurance policies.

Critics have argued that the requirement violates the religious liberty of those who hold sincere religious objections to providing or facilitating such products and procedures.

Bondi was one of seven attorneys general who filed a lawsuit challenging the mandate in February.

At the Aug. 30 event, she told about how her niece was born with Down Syndrome, prompting her to think about how many people would have aborted the child, who is now eight years old and "the heart and soul of our lives."

"It breaks my heart to think how many people would have chosen not to keep that precious angel," she said. "She is truly God's greatest gift to my family."

Bondi encouraged those involved in the pro-life movement to remain hopeful.

"Continue to spread the word, and especially to our young people," she urged, "because they are our future."

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