Yes, the Republican Party is the pro-life party. But the abortion issue often seems like its red-headed stepchild.

For example, the 1994 House GOP Contract with America, which provided a Republican roadmap out of that decade’s liberal abyss, completely omitted any mention of abortion.

Last week I wrote the Republican establishment was again planning to omit abortion in its roadmap out of this decade’s liberal abyss.

This week I’m happy to report the 2010 House GOP Contract with America is now anticipated to address the abortion issue.

This is thanks in no small part to Congressman Mike Pence, the House Republican leadership’s third-ranking member, for publicly encouraging pro-lifers at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit on Saturday to rattle chains. Not coincidentally, Pence won FRC’s presidential straw poll.

Republicans plan to kill two birds with one stone by making abortion into a fiscal issue, which is of much greater concern right now to the American public.

“The way they do it will be things like no funding of abortions,” reported Congressman and former National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole to The Hill on Sept. 15.

That’s fine with me. Write defunding Planned Parenthood into the Contract, along with defunding international abortion groups, defunding human embryo experimentation and defunding Obamacare (until we get a president who will agree to repeal it).

The message, even if somewhat covert, will be abortion is bad. And we know even pro-aborts don’t want to pay for them. So it’s a win-win.

I also wrote last week the pro-life political projectile right now is the tea party. Some disagree, complaining tea partiers don’t necessarily want to spotlight our issue either, because it’s “too divisive.”

But pay attention to the sterling pro-life candidates the tea party is giving us. As John Avlon wrote at The Daily Beast Sept. 20:

But the soothing big-tent implications offered by those who say the GOP should de-emphasize social issues only seem to go one way. There is no concurrent sense of tolerance for candidates with liberal or libertarian social positions. Where are the tea party candidates who are pro-choice?

I didn’t realize until MSNBC liberal host Rachel Maddow incredulously pointed it out last week that five GOP tea party-backed U.S. Senate candidates are pro-life with no exceptions: Sharron Angle of Nevada, Ken Buck of Colorado, Joe Miller of Alaska, Christine O’Donnell of Delaware and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

This is huge. The rape/incest exception is the other side’s primary weapon to keep compassionate Americans from completely turning against legalized abortion. If pro-aborts lose that one, there’s not much left in their arsenal.

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards understands, hence her frantic email alert Monday calling this development, “not just crazy – truly frightening.”

This news may send Richards over the edge: New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is pro-life without exceptions, too.

And, of course, there is the superfluity of pro-life female candidates, causing many to proclaim this “The Year of the Pro-Life Woman.”

Aside from Angle and O’Donnell, the two other pro-life U.S. Senate candidates are Carly Fiorina of California and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. At present all 17 female senators are pro-abortion, including the four Republicans.

Our three gubernatorial candidates are Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Susana Martinez of New Mexico.

Don’t forget that throughout the nomination process many abortion/embryonic research supporters have been weeded out like Bob Bennett, Mike Castle, Lisa Murkowski and Charlie Crist. Interesting that they are all sore losers.

I would normally encourage us to sit back and enjoy the moment. But there is no time for that. I myself am heavily involved in helping pro-life Republican Adam Kinzinger overtake pro-abort incumbent Debbie Halvorson in the Illinois Congressional District 11 race. Halvorson as state senator voted with Barack Obama against Illinois’ Born Alive Infants Protection Act. Revenge would be sweet.

We have an opportunity in 2010 to not only increase the pro-life presence in national politics but also to strengthen the pro-life backbone of the Republican Party.

Get busy. We only have 41 days left.

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