NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — Five Republican presidential candidates will speak to attendees of this year’s Right to Life Convention in New Orleans, but Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) wants them to know that he is the most pro-life of them all.
“The smart people in the Republican Party will tell you this is a distraction, stop talking about life, stop talking about marriage,” Jindal said during the convention’s “Festival of LIFE” Thursday night. “If the Republican Party can’t turn defending innocent human life into a winning issue nationally, we should fold up the Republican Party and start all over again.”
Jindal, who has signed more than a dozen laws restricting a woman’s right to chose during his time as governor, attacked some of his more moderate opponents for not being vocal enough about abortion. He called out former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) for encouraging the party to “hide its principles” to get the left and the media to like them.
“If we’re honest with ourselves, there are folks in the Republican Party who really don’t want to talk about life,” he said. “You may have some folks who will come to this conference, folks even running for president who might wish for a few things and hope the press doesn’t write about it so they can get back to the issues they really want to talk about.”
He also used the speech as an opportunity to assure the ultra-conservative audience that if elected, he would work to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
“There were actually Republicans in D.C. that were happy about the Court’s two rulings,” Jindal said about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent rulings upholding Obamacare and legalizing same-sex marriage across the country. “If we’re honest, there were members of the establishment that really view life and marriage as a distraction. They don’t want to talk about it.”
Most of the Republican presidential candidates have repeatedly touted their pro-life credentials while campaigning. In a speech to the Faith & Freedom coalition last month, Bush listed off his anti-choice credentials, including the fact that he signed into law a partial-birth abortion ban and pushed through a constitutional amendment requiring that parents be given notice when their minor daughters seek an abortion. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has vowed to sign a 20-week abortion ban the state Senate passed Thursday and New Jersey Governor Christie has touted his cuts to Planned Parenthood funding.
Jindal has signed a number of restrictive abortion measures while serving as governor, including ultrasound requirements and a 20-week abortion ban. He had a 100 percent pro-life voting record as a Congressman, according to representative from Louisiana Right to Life. He is currently helping anti-choice advocates in a fight against a Planned Parenthood clinic being built in New Orleans.