by Maria Vitale Gallagher
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
October 26, 2004
LifeNews.com Note: This is the 20th in a series of articles covering the 2004 elections state by state from the pro-life viewpoint.
Concord, NH (LifeNews.com) — The New Hampshire Governor’s contest is shaping up to be a classic clash in values. Pro-life Republican Governor Craig Benson faces pro-abortion Democrat John Lynch, a businessman, in this year’s gubernatorial race.
On his campaign website, Benson cites a long list of accomplishments. On the pro-life front, Benson notes that he signed legislation giving parents the right to know if their minor daughter is considering an abortion.
After signing the bill, Governor Benson said, "We are giving parents their rights back. I can’t think of a better gift that we can give to the parents in the state of New Hampshire than allowing them to participate in their children’s lives."
"As the father of two daughters, I know parents need to be involved in a decision that could have severe long-term mental and physical consequences for their children," Benson added.
Meanwhile, on Lynch’s campaign website, he declares he supports legal abortions. He also says he would sign legislation that Benson vetoed requiring insurers to cover the so-called morning after pill.
Lynch, who previously served as a member of the board of Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, fails to mention that emergency contraception, or the morning-after pill, can serve as a form of chemical abortion and can have devastating physical and psychological effects for women.
Polls show the Benson-Lynch race close with the latest one, from Franklin Pierce College showing the candidates tied. Benson, however, has led in three of the last five polls with anywhere from a two to eight percent lead.
In the U.S. Senate race, pro-life Republican Judd Gregg faces pro-abortion Democrat Doris "Granny D" Haddock.
While Gregg has a 100 percent pro-life voting record, Haddock has been endorsed by pro-abortion groups.
On the issue of embryonic stem cell research, Gregg has said he favors the President’s policy of August 2001 which prohibited federal funding of any new embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life.
"It’s a compromise, and it’s a reasonable one," Gregg said, noting that in order to do embryonic stem cell research "you do have to kill an embryo."
Haddock, who is in her ’90s, once embarked on a 3,200 cross-country tour to promote the McCain-Feingold campaign finance act. The law has been criticized by pro-life advocates, who view it as an unnecessary infringement on freedom of speech and prohibits certain political activities.
Haddock claims that, as a Senator, she would put a “No Lobbyists Allowed" sign on her door, indicating that she would not welcome pro-life lobbyists in her office. She has also urged voters to support the American Civil Liberties Union, which has a pro-abortion stand.
Gregg has a very large lead in the race and is not considered vulnerable.
Meanwhile, the presidential race has been back and forth in the Granite State all year. New Hampshire is considered a battleground state that could determine the outcome of the election if the candidates are close in the electoral vote.
Kerry has leads of 2 and 9 percent in the last two polls while Bush lead by margins of 1 and 3 percent in the two before that. Bush won the state over pro-abortion candidate Al Gore in 2000 by a 48.1-46.8 percent margin.
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