Anti-feminist and conservative political activist Phyllis Schlafly was a favorite of the religious right. The founder of the Eagle Forum, who died Monday (Sept. 6), campaigned hard against the Equal Rights Amendment and abortion rights, endearing herself to both political and religious conservatives. Here are some of their — and others’ — thoughts on her passing.
Tom McClusky, vice president of Government Affairs March for Life Education & Defense Fund
Today, the pro-life movement lost a hero, Phyllis Schlafly. Mrs. Schlafly not only helped the Republican Party become pro-life in the 1980s, but spent the remainder of her life ensuring it remained so. I was honored to be trained to work on the platform under Phyllis’s wing and was able to witness, first-hand, how she fought to maintain its pro-life status. It is fitting that the current platform has the strongest pro-life policies ever. We are a better nation thanks to the work of Phyllis Schlafly – she was a role model for conservatives of all ages and stripes. We are praying for her family.
Craig Shirley, presidential historian and Ronald Reagan biographer
Phyllis Schlafly was one of the giants of the American conservative movement. She battled, she won, she confounded the radical left wing feminists time and again. Frankly, she was smarter and tougher than the liberals she fought and conquered so joyously. The defeat of the so called Equal Rights Amendment stands as but one of many monuments to her legacy. Still, she was always refined, always charming. Ronald Reagan liked her and said so in his diaries.
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