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Last night wasn’t just the second GOP presidential debate — it was the second round of strong performances by Republicans on the sanctity of human life and the importance of religious liberty. Unfortunately, under the same bifurcated format as Cleveland’s, some of the field’s best torchbearers on the issues were relegated to a smaller forum earlier in the evening. Personally, I think everyone would have been better served had the stage been set for all of the candidates.

While Congress weighs what to do about Planned Parenthood’s trafficking ring for baby body parts, the Republican hopefuls gave them plenty of advice — including: defund it!

Despite the left-leaning media’s effort to dismiss the influential role that social conservatives continue to play in Republican presidential politics, it was evident that the vast majority of the candidates don’t agree with them as they aggressively appealed to social conservative voters with their commitment to life and religious liberty. The only real outliers on those core values issues were Governors George Pataki (N.Y.) and John Kasich (Ohio) — both of whom have funded Planned Parenthood.

One of the best lines of the night came from Carly Fiorina when she addressed both the ill-conceived deal with Iran and Planned Parenthood’s baby trafficking ring:

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I would like to link these two issues, both of which are incredibly important, Iran and Planned Parenthood. One has something to do with the defense of the security of this nation. The other has something to do with the defense of the character of this nation… [In regard to] Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain. This is about the character of our nation, and if we will not stand up and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us.

In the earlier debate, Governor Bobby Jindal (R-La.) challenged the GOP and its unwillingness to truly fight for what they say they believe in, saying:

I wish Republicans in D.C. had half the fight of the Senate Democrats to get rid of ObamaCare, to defund Planned Parenthood. If we can’t defund Planned Parenthood now, if we can’t stand for innocent human life after these barbaric videos, it is time to be done with the Republican Party.

Trust me, there are a lot of voters who share Gov. Jindal’s view.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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