by Maria Vitale Gallagher
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
October 29, 2004
Lincoln, NE (LifeNews.com) — A number of pro-life candidates are contenders in this year’s political contests in Nebraska, a state where President Bush will win handily.
Bush won the state of Nebraska by a 62 to 33 percent margin in 2000 and current polls there show him with leads of 31 and 29 percent over Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.
Looking to races for Congress, in the first Congressional district, Republican Jeff Fortenberry, who is pro-life, is taking on Democrat Matt Connealy.
Fortenberry has said, "Life is precious. I am pro-life. Life begins at conception and must be protected from that moment until natural death. I will work to reignite a love for life and respect for all persons.
"Abortion is an injustice to women and their unborn children. Women deserve better, especially women who may feel coerced into abortion. I will be a compassionate voice on their behalf, working to form our community as a place of life and love for all people in need. I also oppose unethical research. Human cloning and research that uses aborted fetal tissue or destroys human embryos should be banned," Fortenberry added.
Meanwhile, in the second Congressional district, incumbent pro-life Republican Lee Terry faces a challenge from pro-abortion Democrat Nancy Thompson and pro-abortion Green Party candidate Doug Paterson.
Terry has amassed a 100 percent pro-life voting record, according to the National Right to Life Committee.
Terry’s campaign website states, “Lee Terry is proud of his consistent 100 percent pro-life voting record, and he will continue to defend and uphold the sanctity of human life while serving you in the U.S. House of Representatives.”
Terry, a member of the pro-life caucus, has supported a ban on partial-birth abortions and ensured that unborn victims of violence are recognized under federal law. He opposes taxpayer funding of abortion and foreign aid for abortion.
His opponent, however, supports keeping abortion legal.
In a candidate survey by Project Vote Smart, Thompson said, "I support and respect the right of a woman to make reproductive decisions for herself with the medical advice of her physician. I support restricting late term abortions except for the life and health of the mother as protected by the U.S. Constitution."
And in the 3rd Congressional district, Republican Tom Osborne, who has a 94 percent pro-life voting record, is being challenged by pro-abortion Democrat Donna Anderson.
In the Project Vote Smart candidate survey, Anderson said, “Abortion should be legal, but rarely used. Doctors need this procedure to care for patients — shouldn’t be a political issue."