Pat Buchanan told Human Events in 2006 how President Reagan would talk about pro-life issues with his senior staff, who he knew, according to Mr. Buchanan, “were not with him on this.”
On the right to life, Ann Higgins, who ran his correspondence office, would slip all these letters into a folder for him. Reagan would come to his senior staff meeting, where he knew most of the staff weren’t with him on this, and he would say, “I want to read you this.” It would be from this lovely woman in Arizona, whose husband left her after she had three kids and was pregnant with a fourth, and she was going to have an abortion. But she didn’t have it. Now, she’s in her 80s, and the child she didn’t abort has been taking care of her in her old age.
Reagan would read these beautiful letters. And some of these guys would say, “Where the hell does he get these letters?” They were coming from Ann Higgins in his correspondence shop.