by Steven Ertelt
January 12, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-abortion groups have chosen sides in the Democratic primary for governor. A dozen leading abortion advocacy organizations and activists have come out in favor of Chris Bell and are criticizing Bob Gammage for his stance on the issue.
The coalition of pro-abortion activists say they oppose Gammage for his votes he cast during his tenure in Congress. As a member of the House of Representatives, Gammage opposed taxpayer funding of abortions, including for victims of rape and incest.
"Bob was on the anti-choice side of just about every vote on reproductive rights when he was in Congress," they wrote, in a joint letter.
The group includes Sarah Weddington, who was the attorney in the Roe v. Wade case and Frances "Sissy" Farenthold, a former lawmaker who served with Gammage in the Texas state House.
Despite his vote against taxpayer funding of abortion, Gammage spokesman Jeremy Warren told the Associated Press that Gammage backs legal abortions since the Roe decision was handed down.
But Jason Stanford, a representative of pro-abortion candidate Chris Bell, a former Congressman, said it was important that abortion activists no longer trust Gammage.
Educator Felix Alvarado and store manager Rashad Jafer are also on the ballot in the March 7 Democratic primary. They are vying to take on pro-life Gov. Rick Perry, who is running for re-election.
Perry enjoyed the strong support of pro-life groups and is credited with helping reduce abortions and support parents by signing a bill requiring parents consent before a minor teen can have an abortions.
According to the Department of State Health Services, in 2003 over 3,500 abortions were performed on minor girls in Texas.
Texas Alliance for Life director Joe Pojman applauded Perry and said the bill "restores parents’ rights to protect their minor daughters from abortion."