by Steven Ertelt
August 29, 2006
Little Rock, AR (LifeNews.com) — Arkansas Right to Life, the state’s pro-life group, has endorsed Asa Hutchinson, the Republican candidate for governor who faces Democrat Mike Beebe in November. The organization pointed to Hutchinson’s longtime pro-life stance and his strong pro-life voting record while he served as a member of Congress.
"The endorsement reflects our appreciation of the strong stand Mr. Hutchinson has taken throughout his life on behalf of those members of our human family who are least able to protect themselves," the pro-life group said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained.
The group said Hutchinson has attended or been a guest speaker at numerous pro-life events it has sponsored throughout the years.
At a news conference at the Pregnancy Help Center in Fort Smith, Hutchinson said he was proud to have the support of Arkansas Right to Life and praised the organization and its leadership for their record of service to the pro-life community.
"Protecting the sanctity of human life is not a Republican value or a Democrat value; it’s an Arkansas value,” Hutchinson said.
“It’s important that the next Governor respect the views of Arkansans, and be firm in his commitment to defending life," Hutchinson added. "I’m honored to accept the support of Right to Life, an organization that has spent decades fighting for the rights of the unborn.”
Hutchinson, who received a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee based upon his pro-life voting record in Congress, contrasted his own pro-life record with that of his opponent, Democratic Attorney General Mike Beebe.
“My opponent and I have differed on many issues in this campaign, but this is one of the most important issues on which we disagree,” said Hutchinson.
“Mike Beebe believes that Roe v. Wade should stay on the books. I do not," he said.
Hutchinson indicated he would continue the pro-life policies of Gov. Mike Huckabee.