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Ohio Senate Candidate Josh Mandel Gets Pro-Life Support

by Andrew Bair | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 5/10/12 10:09 AM

Politics, State

National Right to Life PAC has endorsed pro-life Republican Josh Mandel in his bid to unseat pro-abortion incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown in Ohio. The race currently stands in a statistical dead heat with Brown at 44% and Mandel at 41%, according to an April 20th Rasmussen Poll of likely voters.

“The National Right to Life Political Action Committee is pleased to endorse pro-life state Treasurer Josh Mandel for election to the United States Senate,” said David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., National Right to Life Committee executive director. “We look forward to working with Josh Mandel to restore legal protection for innocent life -– unborn children and medically disabled or dependent persons whose lives are threatened by abortion or euthanasia.”

National Right to Life called Mandel “a strong advocate for life.” According to the group, “Mandel opposes ObamaCare and will vote to repeal it. He believes that “government-run healthcare should be repealed in whole immediately.” Mandel’s support is needed to reverse the pro-abortion and pro-rationing effects of ObamaCare. He supports pro-life legislation and opposes the use of government funding for abortion.”

By contrast, both NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood have endorsed Brown. Planned Parenthood says, “With nearly 40 years of public service, Sherrod Brown has amassed a decades-long record of advancing women’s health care.”

The Brown campaign has even created a “Women for Brown” Facebook page in which they tout his support for abortion on demand.  Brown’s campaign is making no effort to disguise his pro-abortion stance, which is out of touch with the majority of Ohioans.

The page says, “Senator Brown has voted against laws like the Global Gag Rule which blocks federal funding to overseas organizations that perform abortions, and against laws that barred funding in the budget to Planned Parenthood. When Susan G. Komen cut funding to Planned Parenthood Sen. Brown publicly urged them to reverse their decision and the effort was successful.”

In addition to Brown’s support for taxpayer funding of abortion and for abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, Brown voted against protective laws for unborn children like the ban on partial-birth abortion. Brown voted for the pro-abortion Obama healthcare law, which not only funds abortion but also sets the stage for the rationing of medical care to the elderly and the disabled.

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Along with the endorsements of the National Right to Life Committee and Ohio Right to Life, Mandel has earned the backing of conservative heavyweights like Senator Jim DeMint, the Club for Growth, radio host and author Mark Levin and Erick Erickson of RedState.

Mandel, who took office in January 2011 as Ohio State Treasurer, is just 33 years old. Previously an Ohio State Representative, Mandel was the youngest Republican serving in the House. In addition to his strong pro-life record, Mandel brings a fascinating personal story to the Ohio Senate race as an Iraq War veteran and the grandson of Jewish Holocaust survivors.

During his time in the Ohio State House, Mandel championed numerous pieces of life-saving legislation. He co-sponsored H.B. 280, the Protecting Pregnant Women from Coercion and Violence Act to increase penalties for domestic violence when the offender knew the victim was pregnant and to require abortion facilities to post a “No One Can Force You to Have an Abortion” notice. He also co-sponsored H.B. 314, the Ultrasound Viewing Option Bill and H.B. 102, a bill to promote umbilical cord blood donation as an ethical source of stem cells.