SALT LAKE CITY — An influential political activist in Utah is pushing lawmakers to do more to protect and nourish the state’s children.
On Saturday, Gayle Ruzicka announced the Utah Eagle Forum‘s areas of concern for the upcoming legislative session at their annual convention. Ruzicka, the conservative group’s leader, discouraged the passage of medical marijuana legislation and advocated for the defunding of abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood.
“Abortion kills babies. It’s as simple as that,” Ruzicka said. “We need to do everything in our power to save those babies, raise them, and feed them well, preferably on a high-carb, high-fat diet.”
Several high-profile guests also spoke at the event. Among them were Utah Governor Gary Herbert and his intra-party challenger, Jonathan Johnson. Responding to pointed questions from Ruzicka, both affirmed a child’s right to be born and eat plenty of “sweets and meats.”
Ruzicka has a reputation as a powerful lobbyist at Utah’s Capitol. She and her “Teen Eagle” activists-in-training often can be found in the legislative cafeteria, where Ruzicka insists they eat several large meals for hours at a time every day.
Near the end of her keynote speech, Ruzicka bemoaned First Lady Michelle Obama’s push for youth nutrition and exercise.
“The Federal government has no right to tell us how to propagate and cultivate our tender, delicious children,” she said.