by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
October 14, 2004
LifeNews.com Note: This is the tenth in a series of articles covering the 2004 elections state by state from the pro-life viewpoint.
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life groups in President Bush’s home state have made their recommendations known for the elections next month. Besides endorsing President Bush, Texas Right to Life shared with LifeNews.com their endorsements for the U.S. Congress.
Elizabeth Graham, president of Texas Right to Life, explained that the most critical races are those in which a pro-life candidate is challenging a pro-abortion incumbent.
"Congressional District 17 is the most important race, between pro-abortion incumbent Chet Edwards (D) and pro-life State Representative Arlene Wohlgemuth (R)," explained Graham.
While opposing human cloning, Rep. Edwards has voted against several pro-life bills, including the Unborn Victims of Violence act and the Partial Birth Abortion ban.
Wohlgemuth, on the other hand, expressed her pro-life views unapologetically on her campaign website:
"Being pro-life is a deeply held conviction I place above politics," states Wohlgemuth. "I have consistently and tenaciously fought for pro-life gains — parental consent, notification, informed consent, mandatory reporting of statutory rape, and decreasing the funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers."
Graham also stated that in the first and second congressional districts, pro-abortion Representatives are being challenged by pro-life candidates endorsed by Texas Right to Life. Judge Ted Poe (R) is challenging incumbent Nick Lampson (D) in District 2, and Justice Louie Gohmert (R) is hoping to unseat Max Sandlin (D) in District 1.
In District 19, however, where both candidates have pro-life voting records, Texas Right to Life endorsed Randy Neugebauer (R) over Charlie Stenholm (D). Here, the issue of embryonic stem cell research was the deciding factor.
"Congressman Stenholm signed the letter to President Bush asking him to relax his policy on embryonic stem cell research, and Texas Right to Life cannot support a candidate who supports the destruction of human embryos," said Graham.
Graham added that Texas Right to Life carefully selected the candidates they have endorsed.
"The candidates endorsed by Texas Right to Life are the candidates who will best defend the sanctity of innocent human life," explained Graham. "Each of these endorsed candidates has completed a candidate questionnaire and personally met with Texas Right to Life’s PAC. During the meetings, candidates were asked tough questions and asked to explain their pro-life convictions."