Colorado Senate Race, Presidential Contest Key for Pro-Life Advocates

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 14, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Maria Gallagher Staff Writer
September 14, 2004

[ Note: This is the first in a series of articles during September and October covering the 2004 elections state by state.]

Denver, CO ( — A famous name in the brewing business headlines the list of pro-life contenders in Colorado’s key political races.

Pete Coors, a member of the Coors beer dynasty, has been endorsed by pro-life groups in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Ben Nighthorse Campbell.

A Coors win would be a boost for pro-life advocates since Campbell supports abortion. Senator Campbell often votes with pro-life lawmakers in the Senate (he has an 82% pro-life voting record according to National Right to Life), but Coors would be expected to vote pro-life even more often.

On his web site, Coors, a Republican, states, "I have a fundamental belief in the sanctity of human life. I am opposed to abortion."

Coors’ Democratic opponent, Attorney General Ken Salazar, supports legal abortion.

On his campaign website, Salazar says, "I believe the decision to have an abortion should be between a woman and her God. I will defend that Constitutional right."

Salazar opposes 24 hour waiting periods for abortion and informed consent laws, but claims he supports parental notification and bans on late-term abortions.

Pro-life advocates in Colorado see the Senate race as a crucial contest.

"Because Colorado began the abortion holocaust with the first abortion law in the land…it is all the more important that a pro-life statesman fill the shoes of Senator Campbell," said Leslie Hanks of Colorado Right to Life.

Hanks notes that the bishop of Colorado Springs "has been very vocal about the hypocrisy of Catholics who support abortion and their eligibility for receiving communion."

Hanks adds, "One would hope that Catholic voters would take to heart the teaching of the church in this election where, for the first time in memory, the bishops have been very public about the need for elected officials to exercise their faith by protecting innocent life."

Meanwhile, the presidential race will also be close.

The latest poll by Zogby International shows pro-life President George W. Bush trailing pro-abortion Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry 46 to 45 percent.

Other recent polls have shown the race tied or Bush with a small lead.

A number of Congressional incumbents with 100 percent pro-life voting records are running for re-election. They include Republicans Marilyn Musgrave, Joel Hefley, Tom Tancredo, and Bob Beauprez.

In other races, Republican Roland Chicas, a candidate for the first Congressional district seat is pro-life, while Republican Greg Walcher is the pro-life candidate in the 3rd congressional district.

Chicas’ campaign website describes the Hispanic businessman as "pro-life, pro-family." He has advocated for the overturn of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion, saying, "The law should be overturned on the federal level and the decision of legalizing abortion should be addressed on a state level."

In the issues section of his website, Walcher, a peach grower, states that he has a goal to "protect the life and dignity of every person."

Colorado pro-life voters guide:
Colorado Right to Life:
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