Illinois Pro-Life Group Rates Gubernatorial Candidates on Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 8, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 8, 2006

Springfield, IL ( — In a crowded field for the Republican nomination for governor in Illinois, a state Right to Life group says there is a clear demarcation between the pro-life candidates and the candidates who pro-life voters should not consider.

The Illinois Federation For Right to Life PAC says pro-life voters should back either Bill Brady and Jim Oberweis in the upcoming primary.

"Only two viable candidates for Governor in the Illinois Primary hold a strong position on the government’s role in protecting and advancing the cause of life in Illinois," PAC chair Irene Napier explained.

"Both Bill Brady and Jim Oberweis have returned candidate surveys, met with the board of IFRL and articulated a strong commitment for life," she added. "Each has viable and active campaigns and intends to remain in the race for the GOP nomination for Governor."

On the other hand, the remaining candidates are not pro-life, Napier said.

The organization indicated that Judy Barr-Topinka and Ron Gidwitz are "clearly not pro-life and should not be supported by pro-life voters."

The IFRL PAC is not endorsing any candidate but has instead decided to report the stances of the candidates and allow voters to pick the pro-life candidate they support the most. The group hoped just one pro-life candidate would have emerged to face Barr-Topinka and Gidwitz.

The group said Wednesday that it’s possible it could come back and endorse one of the two pro-life candidates if necessary.

A new poll conducted fo the Chicago Tribune finds Topinka with 38 percent, Oberweis with 17 percent, Gidwitz at 11 percent and Brady having 8 percent. A total of 25 percent were undecided.

IFRL noted that Brady has served in the state legislature for 12 years and compiled a 100% pro-life voting record.

"Bill Brady has never wavered when it came to voting for life in the public arena,” Napier said.

Jim Oberweis, a former public school teacher and a businessman from Aurora has no voting record as he has never held public office. But the group came away from a meeting with him convinced he is pro-life.

"After having met with him, the IFRL-PAC is convinced that he recognizes that the government does have a vital role to play in protecting the life of the unborn," Napier said.

On the Democratic side, neither Governor Rod Blagojevich nor his opponent Edwin Eisendrath are pro-life.

Blagojevich has come under fire from pro-life groups for forcing pharmacists in the state to dispense drugs like the morning after pill, which can sometimes cause an abortion.

"Rod Blagojevich is the most pro-abortion governor the state has ever had, constantly doing the bidding and advancing the agenda of Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and NOW," Napier said.

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