Dr. Michael New of the Charlotte Lozier Institute tells AFN the thousands of conservative activists and elected officials currently in National Harbor, Maryland for this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are, like last year, neglecting sanctity-of-life issues.
Considering that they were "exceptionally salient this past year," he finds the silence disappointing and wrong.
"In the past 12 months, we've seen Roe v. Wade overturned; we've seen 13 states start to protect preborn children," he notes. "There's going to be a judicial ruling out of a federal court in Texas that might take dangerous chemical abortion drugs off the market. We've seen an upsurge in attacks on pregnancy help centers, and the Biden administration Department of Justice is doing very little."
Dr. New acknowledges that there must be a reason why this topic was left off of CPAC's agenda, but "I really don't have a good answer for that all," he says.
"Obviously, there's many important issues that we need to think about and grapple with," he continues, "but this is a conference that spans over three days, and I just have a very tough time [seeing why] they couldn't carve out a half hour or 45 minutes for a discussion on pro-life issues."
Dr. New advises the CPAC organizers to remember that the sanctity-of-life issue is what brought many conservatives to the polls last November.