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Nevada Pro-Life Groups Back Mark Amodei Over Kate Marshall

by Steven Ertelt | Carson City, NV | LifeNews.com | 9/5/11 12:55 PM

Politics, State

Two Nevada-based pro-life groups have issued an endorsement in the special Congressional election taking place in Nevada — where early voting has begun and the election is final by September 13.

In May, Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Dean Heller (R) to replace Senator John Ensign (R), creating a vacant seat in Congress for Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District. In the race, pro-life State Senator Mark Amodei, a Republican, is facing off against pro-abortion Treasurer Kate Marshall. The contrast between the candidates is stark. Amodei is endorsed by National Right to Life PAC and Nevada Right to Life PAC. Marshall is endorsed by EMILY’s List.

The Nevada Right to Life PAC has now endorsed Amodei and Jeremy McNeil, the Executive Director of the group explained why.

“Nevada Right to Life PAC and National Right to Life PAC have endorsed Mark Amodei in the special election.  This endorsement reflects his commitment to preserving a culture of life in Nevada and throughout the nation,” he said. “Voters in Congressional District 2 have been provided a choice between two candidates on opposite sides of the abortion issue.  Mark Amodei is the only candidate who supports pro-life legislation and opposes the use of federal funding for elective abortion.”

“Mark Amodei’s opponent, Kate Marshall, has won endorsements from stridently pro-abortion organizations, such as EMILY’s List,” McNeil continued. “It is imperative that Nevadans elect a candidate who will work to restore legal protections for innocent life – unborn children, medically disabled or dependent persons, and the elderly, whose lives are threatened by abortion or euthanasia.  Nevada Right to Life PAC is proud to endorse Mark Amodei.”

“Congressional District 2, since its inception, has always had pro-life representation – Barbara Vucanovich, Jim Gibbons, and most recently Dean Heller.  Please vote today to maintain pro-life representation for Northern Nevada,” McNeil added.

The National Right to Life PAC has also supported Amodei, saying in a letter to the GOP candidate, it is “pleased to endorse you for election to represent Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. This endorsement reflects your commitment to renewing a culture of life, not only in Nevada, but throughout the nation and in the U.S. Congress.”

The NRL PAC also says “Recently your opponent, Kate Marshall, said she would not oppose President Obama’s health care law, which would provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and would promote the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments.”

“You are a strong advocate for life: you support pro-life legislation and you oppose the use of federal funding for elective abortion. We look forward to working with you to restore legal protection for innocent life – unborn children and medically disabled or dependent persons whose lives are threatened by abortion or euthanasia,” the letter continued.

Don Nelson of Nevada Life, another statewide pro-life group, says the contrast the between the candidates make the determination of which candidate to support very easy.

“It is impossible to get EMILY’s endorsement without being an abortion radical committed to their absolutist abortion policy of abortion at any cost,” he says of Marshall. “For instance, were Marshall to oppose partial birth abortion, support parental notification and consent rights, conscience rights for doctors, medical personnel, facilities and insurers like Catholic health care providers, or if she were to support two victims laws like the one in California that helped convict Scott Peterson of murdering his unborn son Connor, she could not get EMILY’s List’s support.”

“The same is true if she were to oppose American taxpayer funding of abortion in the United States or around the world,” he continued.

“Early voting has started and the election ends on September 13th. These endorsements and the candidates’ positions to get those endorsements are important for pro-lifers as we decide who to vote for in this special election,” he said.