.- Dr. Gerard V. Bradley, a prominent law professor at Notre Dame University, has endorsed Arizona Republican Senator John McCain for president. Bradley also revealed that the senator has moved to a more consistent pro-life position on embryonic stem cell research.
Professor Bradley, an expert in both constitutional law and the role of religion in law, is the current president of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.
Writing Friday in an essay at National Review Online, Bradley referenced McCainâs support for the Born Alive Infantsâ Protection Act, which prohibited partial-birth abortion. Bradley noted staunch pro-life Kansas Senator Sam Brownback has also endorsed McCainâs candidacy.
Though McCain has supported destructive research on surplus embryos originally created for IVF treatments, the Notre Dame professor believes McCain has reconsidered this support after having face-to-face conversations with Bradley. âNow he realizes that there is no need to exploit âspareâ embryos, in light of recent successes with adult cells. And so he has been telling South Carolinians over the last few days,â Bradley wrote. John McCainâs campaign website does not note such a shift.
Bradley also noted McCainâs consistent opposition to torture as a reason for his support, writing, âall torture raises questions about the meaning of human dignity and the immunity of all persons against unjustified physical attack. In other words, torture is a life issue, too.â Bradley wrote that, to his knowledge, McCain is the only Republican candidate to have clearly rejected torture.
Recounting the McCainsâ 1993 adoption of a child from a Bangladesh orphanage run by Mother Teresa, Bradley noted that they had rescued another child, who was adopted by best friends of the couple. Speaking of Senator McCainâs wife Cindy, Professor Bradley said, âWhile she was touring the facility, Mother Teresa unexpectedly said to her (in so many words): âIf you do not take those two babies with you, now, they could die right here. But you can save them.â Cindy McCain did.â This, Bradley thought, was further evidence of Senator McCainâs pro-life qualifications.
Senator McCain has said his models for Supreme Court Justices are Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia. Both are noted opponents of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States. Bradley believed this means McCain will appoint a justice who will vote to overturn the decision. Such an appointment is vital, Bradley claimed, because if the court soon revisits the Roe v. Wade decision and does not overrule it, the court will not consider the case again for âa very long time.â
In discussing other Republican candidates, Bradley conceded the solidity of Governor Mike Huckabeeâs pro-life convictions and he said he did not question the sincerity of Governor Mitt Romneyâs present pro-life stand. Bradley thought the senatorâs experience made him the better candidate. âBeing battle-hardened in defense of life is a real plus,â he wrote.
Senator McCain âhas demonstrated himself to be the best pro-life choice,â Bradley concluded.