House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) reiterated to conservatives the importance of electing Mitt Romney after the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Obamacare while addressing the National Right to Life Conference Thursday night.
“It is now more important than ever that we are here today,” he said. Cantor praised National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) as “the one that got it right.” With an “unparalleled” team in Washington, NRLC has led the fight to defund Planned Parenthood and oppose abortion in the federal government.
He mentioned the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, signed by George W. Bush in 2003, after Clinton vetoed it twice. He credited NRLC for that pro-life victory.
While Bush opposed abortion, “the Obama Administration has been unrelenting in its support for abortion on demand,” Cantor said. He then contrasted the President and the House of Representatives, which has stood “steadfast” in support for life.
“The Supreme Court decision,” Cantor explained, “means that Americans must elect Mitt Romney and a pro-life congress committed to repealing Obamacare.”
Cantor’s words echo a larger revitalization of conservatives in the wake of the Court’s ruling: In the first hour after the decision, the Romney campaign announced that it raised $100,000 and by the end of the day, the Republican National Committee announced that the campaign had raised over $1 million.
Cantor noted the significance of the fact that “your convention starts on the day the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare.”
Shortly after the ruling came out, the Republicans scheduled a House vote to repeal the law on July 11. He emphasized the importance of the November elections, saying the decision “means something much more than what most people are saying this election is about.”
“Many people say that this election is about jobs and the economy, and it is,” Cantor admitted. At the center, however, “it’s about the moral fabric of our country—answering the question of what kind of America are we?”
He ended his speech with a call to action: “We must all remain committed. We must all engage.”