Pro-Life Voters Head to the Polls Tuesday, Abortion Battles in Some States
by Steven Ertelt
August 7, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Voters are headed to the polls in several states on Tuesday and pro-life groups in various states are hoping they will support pro-life candidates in key Republican and Democrat primaries. The primaries are leading up to some fierce battles over abortion and embryonic stem cell research in November.
In Michigan, pro-life voters will have the opportunity to send pro-life businessman Dick DeVos on to the general election in November against pro-abortion Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
Voters will also choose between pro-life Oakland county sheriff Mike Bouchard and pro-life pastor Keith Butler to challenge pro-abrotion Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat.
Few lower ticket races are highly competitive in Michigan with the exception of the seventh Congressional district where pro-life former state Rep. Tim Walberg has a very good shot and defeating Rep. Joe Schwarz, who has a mixed voting record on pro-life issues.
Missouri voters will have an opportunity to vote for pro-life Sen. Jim Talent, who is expected to win the primary and face pro-abortion Democrat Claire McCaskill in the November election.
In congressional races there, Missouri Right to Life has endorsed Mark Byrne and Leslie Farr in the first district, Todd Akin and George Weber in the second, Jim Fresella in the third, Alan Conner in the fourth, Sam Graves in the sixth, and Kenny Hulshof in the ninth.
In the Republican primary for state Auditor, the pro-life group has endorsed Jack Jackson, Mark Wright, Sandra Thomas, and John Loudon.
Colorado voters won’t see many competitive primary contests but will send candidates on to intense general election battles.
One of the top battles is the Republican race in Colorado’s fifth congressional district where former state lawmaker Doug Lamborn is the leading pro-life candidate.
This November, pro-life Rep. Bob Beauprez, a Republican, takes on ex-Denver district attorney Bill Ritter in the governor’s race. Ritter says he is pro-life but has indicated he would not change Colorado law on abortion.
Also, Colorado voters will choose between pro-life and pro-abortion candidates in the first Congressional district, where pro-life Rep. Marilyn Musgrave is fending off a challenge from state Rep. Angie Paccione and pro-life Republican Rick O’Donnell will face the winner of a crowded Democratic party field in the seventh district.
Meanwhile, Georgia Right to Life is encouraging voters to back Bill Stephens for Secretary of State and Gary Black and Brian Kemp for the state Agriculture Commission in a primary runoff there Tuesday.
Connecticut voters also head to the polls Tuesday but they face few good choices in a state where candidates from both parties are often pro-abortion.
The biggest primary battle features Sen. Joe Lieberman and businessman Ned Lamont, but both candidates back abortion and embryonic stem cell research.