Georgia Right to Life Backs Collins, Cain in Senate Race

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 7, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Georgia Right to Life Backs Collins, Cain in Senate Race

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 7, 2004

Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — Georgia’s statewide pro-life group has endorsed two of the candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the open U.S. Senate seat. The two are running against a Congressman who is drawing criticism for sometimes voting for abortion.

The Georgia Right to Life PAC on Monday gave its backing to U.S. Rep. Mac Collins and African-American businessman Herman Cain.

"We feel both candidates would be an effective voice for the sanctity of life issue, and commend them highly for their position," Daniel Becker, the group’s PAC director said.

Collins has built a solid pro-life voting record in Congress while Cain, the former president of Godfather’s Pizza, has been vocal about his pro-life position and launched ads against the third candidate in the race, Rep. Johnny Isakson.

Isakson has drawn fire from pro-life groups and Collins and Cain for voting for abortion on occasion.

He upset pro-life advocates last month when he voted for an amendment that would have allowed abortions at hospitals on taxpayer-funded U.S. military bases. Cain’s ad blasted Isakson’s pro-abortion vote.

"I am proud of my consistent voting record on life issues, was honored to preside over the full House during passage of the partial birth abortion ban, and will fight to get President Bush’s conservative judges appointed," Isakson’s campaign said in a statement regarding the GRTL endorsement.

But, Georgia Right to Life’s Becker said Isakson’s record has been inconsistent.

"We have flip-flops documented all through his career," he told the Associated Press. "His inconsistency on this issue is a consistent pattern that forces us to oppose him in the primary."

Isakson has also voted against President Bush’s Mexico City policy, which prohibits tax dollars from being used to fund groups that perform or promote abortions in other countries. He also voted in favor of using tax dollars to fund research on abortion drugs such as RU 486.

Congressman Collins earned NRLC’s endorsement because of his strong 100% pro-life voting record.

In a letter, National Right to Life PAC said, "During your twelve years in the U.S. House of Representatives, you have given strong and consistent support to right-to-life legislation."

Democratic Sen. Zell Miller, who is pro-life, is not running for re-election.

Related web sites:
Georgia Right to Life – https://www.grtl.org