by Steven Ertelt
April 12, 2006
Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — The Wisconsin Right to Life PAC has announced its endorsements for the 2006 primary elections and at the top of its list is support for Mark Green, a Republican candidate for governor. The group says Green has been a strong pro-life advocate both in Congress and the state legislature.
"Our organization is extremely proud to endorse this exceptional candidate who so strongly believes in the sanctity of all human life," WRTL PAC chair Bonnie Pfaff said in a statement provided to LifeNews.com.
"Both in Congress and in the state legislature, Mark Green was a leader and advocate on behalf of the most defenseless members of the human family," Pfaff added.
Mark Vernon, campaign manager for Green, said Green appreciates the endorsement and strongly believes in his pro-life stance.
“As long as Roe is on the books, he thinks that we need to do a better job of relying on the science to argue our position,” Vernon told the Daily Cardinal. “Congressman Green thinks that medicine is making it tougher and tougher to argue that an unborn child is anything but an unborn child.”
Green is challenging pro-abortion incumbent Democrat Governor James Doyle. Doyle is a longtime abortion proponent and has vetoed numerous pro-life bills including a January veto of a measure that would have allowed women to know that an abortion causes the baby severe pain.
Doyle has previously vetoed a measure that would have banned all forms of human cloning and another that would have expanded conscience clause protections for medical personnel.
Kelda Roys, executive director of NARAL’s Wisconsin affiliate, says her group will likely endorse Doyle.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin Right to Life endorsed Paul Bucher and J.B. Van Hollen in the race for Wisconsin Attorney General.
"The Attorney General position is an extremely important one because that individual is
charged with defending the laws of our state should they be challenged in court," Pfaff explained. "We believe that Paul Bucher and J.B. Van Hollen would fairly and forthrightly defend Wisconsin’s pro-life laws should they be challenged in the courts."
Bucher is one of the few district attorneys in the state to file a criminal charge for assisting suicide and was successful in the conviction of Kurt Kiesling for assisting in the suicide of his wife. He also has served on the board of a crisis pregnancy center.
Van Hollen served as District Attorney in Ashland County after being appointed to that position by Governor Tommy Thompson. He served in that position for 6 years and left to pursue other professional interests.
Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager has drawn the ire of pro-life groups for filing a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration complaining that the federal agency has taken too long to approve over the counter sales of the morning after pill, which can sometimes cause an abortion.
Doyle approved the legal action.