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Called the mother of conservatism by some, what would Phyllis Schlafly, the American writer, political activist, and anti-feminist crusader against the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) have to say about the latest developments in the challenge to Roe v. Wade? In a 1994 speech on “Abortion and the GOP,” Schlafly makes a case that remains as relevant and powerful today as when she spoke nearly 30 years ago.
…the Republican Party has a tradition of standing for certain principles and it has and should have an identity different from the other parties. The Republican Party was born on the principle that no human being should be considered the property of another. That is our heritage as Republicans and it would be tragic mistake to abandon that fundamental precept now. The most famous political debates in American history, the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, will be re-enacted this year on C-Span. During those seven debates up and down the state of Illinois, Abraham Lincoln enunciated the position of the then new Republican Party that slavery was a moral, a social, and a political wrong. Steven A. Douglas took the position that individual states should have freedom of choice to decide this issue for themselves through the democratic process without dictate from the Federal government. In Quincy, Illinois, Lincoln argued that we should “deal with slavery as with any other wrong insofar as we can prevent its growing larger and deal with with it in that in the run of time there may be some promise of an end of it. We have a do regard for the actual presence of it amongst us and the difficulties of getting rid of it in any satisfactory way, but we must oppose it as an evil.”