The death of conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly sparked an outpouring of reaction Monday.
The Eagle Forum, the conservative organization she founded in 1975:
“An iconic American leader whose love for America was surpassed only by her love of God and her family, Phyllis Schlafly, an indomitable pro-family grassroots advocate and organizer, was 92 years old. Mrs. Schlafly was preceded in death by her beloved husband Fred and is survived by six children along with 16 grand and 3 great grandchildren.
“Phyllis Schlafly spent an astounding 70 years in public service of her fellow Americans. Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life. She recognized America as the greatest political embodiment of those values. From military superiority and defense to immigration and trade; from unborn life to the nuclear family and parenthood, Phyllis Schlafly was a courageous and articulate voice for common sense and traditional values. She authored 27 books and thousands of articles. She spoke tens of thousands of times across the United States.”
Sen. Roy Blunt:
“Phyllis Schlafly lived a courageous and important life. She was never afraid of a fight but also knew when to celebrate what was possible and continue to work for more. She was a valued friend.”
Jay Ashcroft, a candidate for Missouri secretary of state:
“The public arena is a rough and tumble environment but, for over six decades, Phyllis Schlafly was a constant presence in the most important public policy debates of our time. Katie and I are deeply saddened to learn of her passing today. We will keep Phyllis' family, friends and loved ones in our prayers.”
John Hancock, chair of the Missouri Republican Party:
“America has lost a national treasure and conservative icon. Phyllis Schlafly spent most of her life at the forefront of the grassroots conservative movement, championing family values and strong national security. Until her final days, she remained an aggressive and vocal advocate for her beliefs.”
Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner:
“I’m truly saddened to hear of the passing of founder of the Eagle Forum, Phyllis Schlafly. She was a trailblazer and gifted activist of the modern conservative movement. Her devotion to serving a higher calling is a magnificent reminder of what one determined and passionate woman can accomplish.”