Kansas Senator to Focus on "Whole Life" Message

WASHINGTON (AP) - Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback says part of his speech at the GOP's national convention next week will promote his philosophy of valuing life at every level.

Brownback is expected to address delegates in prime time on the final night of the gathering in Minneapolis.

Besides his well known opposition to abortion, Brownback argues that those who believe life begins at conception must be equally willing to cherish life outside it.

That means making it a priority to fight poverty and injustice around the world. He wants to show that Republicans who accept the "whole life" ethic have more of a claim as the party for compassion and social justice than Democrats.

Brownback has played a key role in helping presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain reach out to the religious right.

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