Arkansas Pro-Life Congressman Draws Pro-Abortion Competition

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 20, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC


Arkansas Pro-Life Congressman Draws Pro-Abortion Competition

by Paul Nowak Staff Writer
June 20, 2003

Little Rock, AR ( — State Rep. Jan Judy (D-Fayetteville) announced she is considering running against pro-life U.S. Rep. John Boozman (R-AR) in the November 2004 election.

"Rep. Jan Judy has an abominable pro-life voting record," said
Rose Mimms, the Executive Director of Arkansas Right to Life.

While Judy did vote for a ban on partial-birth abortions in 1999,
she voted against the Fetal Protection Act, and reporting
requirements for abortions. More recently, Judy has voted nay on
RU-486 restrictions, the Woman’s Right to Know, the Choose Life
specialty license plate legislation, and a ban on human cloning.

Arkansas’ term-limits prohibit Judy from running for a third term
in the state House. She has not formed an exploratory committee
at this time, and therefore cannot take political contributions.
She told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that she would decide by
the end of the summer whether she would run against Boozman.

Boozman’s legislative activity reflects a very different position from Judy’ s on pro-life issues. Recently Boozman has cosponsored
the Human Cloning Prohibition Act (H.R. 534), the Unborn Victims
of Violence Act (H.R. 1997) and the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
Act (H.R. 760). He also voted to uphold a ban on abortions in
U.S. military medical facilities and to prohibit federal, state
and local governments from discriminating against health care
professionals that refuse to perform or pay for abortions.

Judy, 56, is a retired social worker and currently owns a
restaurant in Elkins, AR. She has served as a member of the
Arkansas State House since 1999.

Boozman, 52, has been representing Arkansas in the U.S. House of
Representatives since 2001. In 1996 he worked on the unsuccessful
Senate campaign of his brother, Fay Boozman, who currently serves
as the director of the Arkansas Department of Health.