by Steven Ertelt
October 28, 2004
LifeNews.com Note: This is the 24th in a series of articles covering the 2004 elections state by state from the pro-life viewpoint.
Montpelier, VT (LifeNews.com) — This year’s Vermont ballot is filled with candidates who support legal abortion. But pro-life advocates do have some allies on the candidate roster.
With the presidential contest in the state clearly favoring pro-abortion Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, pro-life voters are focused more on the close battle for Lieutenant Governor.
Republican Brian Dubie has the backing of pro-life advocates for the state’s number two post. Dubie was sworn into office in January of 2003. He’s the first pro-life Vermonter to be elected to statewide office. He supports parental notification for abortions and opposes physician-assisted suicide.
Dubie’s Democratic challenger, Cheryl Rivers, is pro-abortion and "opposes all pro-life initiatives," according to Vermont Right to Life. The Progressive challenger, Stephen Hingtgen, is also pro-abortion.
In other races, the Democratic candidate for Governor Peter Clavelle is clearly pro-abortion.
On his campaign website, under a heading called "rights of women," Clavelle’s campaign states, “Vermont must continue to be a place where women are trusted to make the most personal and fundamental decisions about their own health and their own bodies."
Clavelle also has the endorsement of former presidential candidate Howard Dan, who alienated pro-life advocates with his extreme view in favor of abortion.
Incumbent Jim Douglas’ position is not pro-life on abortion, though he opposes assisted suicide, which some are urging the state legislature to legalize. Douglas’ veto threat was considered a key reason why a measure allowing the grisly practice was halted.
In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Patrick Leahy, who has an 18 percent pro-life voting record, is running for re-election. Leahy, who is Catholic, has come under fire from Catholic groups for his support of abortion.
His Republican opponent, Jack McMullen, is not pro-life, but supports most legislation backed by National Right to Life, including parental involvement laws.
Likewise, in the first Congressional district, Independent Bernie Sanders, who also has an 18 percent pro-life voting record, is pro-abortion. Vermont Right to Life reports that Sanders voted against passage of the partial-birth abortion ban twelve times. He also supports taxpayer funding of abortion.
His Republican challenger, Greg Parke, supports the pro-life cause. He backs the ban on partial-birth abortion and the Laci and Conner unborn victims of violence law. The Democratic challenger, Larry Drown, is pro-abortion, saying that he believes in the right to privacy and “choice."
Related web sites:
Vermont Right to Life endorsements –
Vermont Pro-Life Voters’ Guide – https://www.WeVoteProLife.com/vermont.htm