by Maria Vitale Gallagher
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
October 28, 2004
LifeNews.com Note: This is the 23rd in a series of articles covering the 2004 elections state by state from the pro-life viewpoint.
Santa Fe, NM (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates in New Mexico are hoping that the majority of voters will pull the lever for President George W. Bush this time around.
The President lost New Mexico in 2000 by just a few hundred votes, but polling figures show he may capture the state in Tuesday’s election. A recent Zogby poll shows Bush up by five points over pro-abortion challenger John F. Kerry.
The Right to Life Committee of New Mexico said in a newsletter to its members, "No other issue is as important as life itself. The conditions of living don’t matter to those who have been killed by those who want their condition to be convenient and unencumbered."
In addition to the all-important presidential contest, pro-life groups are carefully monitoring a number of Congressional races.
In the first Congressional district, Republican Heather Wilson, who had a 94 percent pro-life voting record in 2001 to 2002, has been endorsed backed by pro-life advocates over her opponent, pro-abortion Democrat Richard Romero.
In the second Congressional district, Republican Steve Pearce, who has a 100 percent pro-life voting record, faces Democrat Gary King, who is also pro-life.
Pearce’s campaign website states, “Steve is Pro-Life and believes the unborn share our Constitutional right to ‘life.’”
In the third Congressional district, Republican Gregory Tucker, who is pro-life, faces pro-abortion Democrat Tom Udall. Udall has a zero percent pro-life voting record, according to the National Right to Life committee.
Tucker has been endorsed by National Right to Life. According to the pro-life group, Tucker supports the federal ban on partial-birth abortion and Laci and Conner’s law, which ensures that unborn children are treated as victims when federal acts of violence are committed against their pregnant mothers.
Tucker also supports requiring parental notice before an abortion is performed on a teenage girl.
In contrast, Udall voted to keep partial-birth abortions legal and voted against Laci and Conner’s law. Udall supports legal abortion, even as a method of birth control, and opposes parental notice prior to a teenage girl’s abortion.
Of the three races, the Wilson-Romero contest is expected to be the closest.
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