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One of America's largest pro-life organizations has said that Arizona Sen. John McCain should be "dropped" from the Republican Party after he said during an interview on Sunday that Republicans should stop pushing for abortion to be criminalized.
"These statements made me wonder: instead of dropping the abortion issue, why not drop John McCain? For that matter, why not drop all of the Republican candidates who want to maintain the status quo on abortion, which includes upholding among the most outrageously liberal abortion laws in the world?" Jennifer Mason, Communications Director of Personhood USA, said on Monday.
The statement was in response to McCain's comments in an interview on Fox News on Sunday.
"I can state my position on abortion. But other than that, leave the issue alone. I would allow people to have those opinions and respect those opinions. I'm proud of my pro-life position and record, but if someone disagrees with me, I respect your views," McCain said during the interview.
The Arizona senator and 2008 presidential candidate shared his views on how the Republican Party can move forward, and said that abortion was one of the issues that caused a distraction and played a role in the GOP losing ground on Election Day.
Emails and phone calls to Sen. McCain's office by The Christian Post were not returned at the time of press.
Personhood has also criticized former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his belief that abortion should be allowed in the cases of rape or incest, which goes against the GOP platform.
"Reading today that babies conceived in rape should suffer the death penalty under a Romney-Ryan administration is extremely concerning," Mason wrote back in August.
The pro-life organization argued that despite pro-choice President Barack Obama's victory on Election Day, conservatives should not abandon the goal to overturn the 1973 Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade that legalized the practice.
"There is a lesson to be learned here. The old guard of the GOP is dying. Their moderate candidates are unelectable, their base is unmoved by their attempts to energize the left, and their foundation is crumbling. The socially conscious, conservative wing of the Republican Party, which actually upholds the GOP platform, is thriving, growing, and without a leader. Conservative Republicans are just not likely to vote for a lukewarm candidate like Mitt Romney," Mason added in her statement.
The communications director claimed that there is a "civil war" brewing in the GOP Party, and that conservative Republicans need a hero who will step up to plate to abolish abortion.
"We will never be successful if we compromise. Politicians such as Senator John McCain seem to believe that compromising and backing down on difficult issues is the answer, but we will only find success when we stand up and fight for what we believe in. In 2016, we need a presidential candidate who will do the same," Mason concludes.