Idaho Pro-Life group Endorses Raul Labrador for Congress Against Minnick
by Steven Ertelt
April 23, 2010
Boise, ID (LifeNews.com) — An Idaho pro-life group has issued an endorsement for Republican congressional candidate Raul Labrador against incumbent pro-abortion Democrat Walt Minnick. Labrador must first get beyond a crowded Republican primary election contest set for May 25.
Idaho Choose Life, a grassroots pro-life organization, issued the endorsement.
"We’ve had the honor of working with Raul for a number of years now, and appreciate his integrity and commitment to pro-Life principles," ICL director David Ripley told LifeNews.com. "What separates the candidates running for Congress is Labrador’s proven value under fire."
Labrador has served in the Idaho State House of Representatives since his first election in 2006. During that time he has earned a 100% pro-Life voting record.
That contrasts with the 20 percent pro-life voting record Minnick obtained during the most recent congressional session from National Right to Life.
Although Minnick voted against the pro-abortion health care bill, he also voted against the Stupak amendment from last year that would have prohibited abortion funding in it.
Minnick also voted to authorize the Office for Global Women’s Issues, which headed by an ambassador-at-large who will report directly to Secretary Clinton, who has been advancing President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion agenda worldwide.
Minnick also opposed stopping abortion funding in the District of Columbia and opposed denying taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business.
This past Idaho legislative session, Labrador was co-sponsor of two key pieces of pro-life legislation.
"Labrador provided leadership in answering the threat of ObamaCare," Ripley said, "which is the most dangerous advance of abortion since the Roe v. Wade decision."
Labrador was one of the House leaders who brought forth the Idaho Health Freedom Act, which is the basis for Idaho’s court challenge to federalized health care.
Then he assisted Idaho Chooses Life in getting a strong conscience protection bill enacted into law.
"Conscience protection for doctors and nurses is part of a larger strategy to resist death panels and the rationing of health care for seniors and vulnerable Idahoans," Ripley added.
The Board of Idaho Chooses Life reviewed candidate answers to an extensive survey on pro-life issues. Labrador and Republican candidates Vaughn Ward and Harley Brown all scored well on the questionnaire. The other candidates did not respond.
"We acknowledge the candidates’ positions on critical pro-Life issues," Ripley said. "But we’ve learned through hard experience that there is just no substitute for being there. Raul has stood his ground time after time, when politics and the Abortion Lobby have exerted tremendous pressure to abandon principle."
"Our endorsement is meant to honor Raul Labrador’s record and service to Idaho," Ripley concluded.
Related web sites:
Idaho Choose Life – http://idahochooseslife.org
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