South Carolina’s Pro-Abortion Sen. Hollings Will Retire
by Steven Ertelt
August 4, 2003
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — At a press conference today, pro-abortion Sen. Fritz Hollings (D-SC) confirmed the news everyone watching South Carolina politics was expecting: his retirement. Hollings’ decision not to run again in 2004 opens up a possibility for a pro-life gain in the Senate at a time when extra pro-life votes are needed to back President Bush’s pro-life judicial nominees.
Senator Hollings was a solid pro-abortion vote in the Senate and did not represent the people of South Carolina," explained Carol Tobias, the director of the National Right to Life Political Action Committee. "The election next year will give the voters of SC an opportunity to replace a pro-abortion Senator with one who will work to protect the lives of innocent unborn children."
Several Republicans have already begun campaigning for the seat, including pro-life Rep. Jim DeMint, a third-term Congressman, and former state attorney general Charlie Condon, who is also pro-life.
Meanwhile, Inez Tenenbaum, the Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, has indicated she is very interested in running and has already called a statewide press conference — presumably to announce her candidacy.
Tobias tells LifeNews.com that Tenenbaum "would be even more harmful to unborn children than Senator Hollings– not only will she vote for abortion, she will actively work for pro-abortion legislation and against pro-life legislation."
Bob Coble, the mayor of Columbia, is also a potential Democratic contender.
Hollings would be the third senator to retire in 2004. Pro-life Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, (R-IL), and Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA), who votes mostly pro-life, have already announced plans not to run for new terms.
Pro-life groups are concerned about losing Fitzgerald’s seat, but say Miller’s seat could be a pickup for a pro-life candidate.
Sens. John Edwards (D-NC) and Bob Graham (D-FL) are both seeking the Democratic presidential nomination and have yet to say whether they will run for new Senate terms. Pro-life candidates would have a good chance in both states to replace the two pro-abortion senators.