Pro-Life News: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kansas, South Carolina, Alaska

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 11
, 2006

Pro-Life Women Backing Lynn Swann Campaign for Pennsylvania Governor
Harrisburg, PA ( —
Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann is hoping pro-life women will help him score a touchdown in November’s election battle with pro-abortion Gov. Ed Rendell. "I have a position on abortion, I am a pro-life candidate," Swann said yesterday. He added that is the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade he will sign a law banning abortions. That is resonating with many pro-life women who oppose abortion as well. The comments came at the kickoff rally for the statewide "Women’s Team For Swann/Matthews." More than 50 women were sporting pink T-shirts proclaiming their membership in the "team." Chairing the statewide women’s team is Charena Swann, Swann’s wife, and Karen Matthews, Matthews’ wife. "Women must become more involved in this political process and allow their voices to be heard," said Charena Swann. "There is much to be gained when we work as a collective force. Women will have a vital part in making this campaign successful."

Michigan Candidates for Governor Break Fundraising Records in Close Race
Lansing, MI ( —
The Michigan candidates for governor are breaking fundraising records because the two are in such a close race. Republican nominee, pro-life businessman Dick DeVos, saw $21.6 million raised by his campaign while pro-abortion Gov. Jennifer Granholm has $33.5 million. Granholm, a Democrat, began September with $7.3 million in the bank, compared to just less than $600,000 for DeVos. The latest Rasmussen Reports poll last week found DeVos now edging out Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm 48% to 46% after Granholm led by one percent last month. Granholm’s base is not secure. Though DeVos attracts 90% of GOP voters, just 78% of Democrats now cast their lot with the Governor.

Kansas Pro-Abortion Gov. Sebelius Sees Lead Drop Six Percent in Sept
Topeka, KS ( —
Pro-abortion Governor Kathleen Sebelius still has a lead and is considered likely to win her re-election battle, but pro-life Republican State Senator Jim Barnett has cut her lead from seventeen percentage points to eleven. Sebelius leads her challenger 48% to 37% but had higher marks in August. The Governor’s support has yet to rise much above 50% and with the primary battle over Barnett can focus on Sebelius in the final two months of the campaign. Barnett is still an unknown to 18% of Kansas residents while pro-life advocates there know Sebelius and her numerous vetoes of bills to regulate abortion businesses that have had shoddy condition and been responsible for the death of at least one woman in the last 18 months. The poll found Barnett is viewed very favorably by only 19%, although fewer (9%) see him very unfavorably than see the Governor that way.

South Carolina Governor Sanford Leads Moore in Race for Re-Election
Columbia, SC ( —
South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, a Republican, now leads State Senator Tommy Moore, a Democrat, 51% to 38%. The survey by Rasmussen Reports finds that he is now doing twice as well with Democrats, grabbing 24% of their support, as he did in July. In some previous months he had also appealed to a fifth or more of Democrats. Almost twice as many voters see Governor Sanford "very favorably" (29%) as see Moore that way (15%), the survey showed. Voters rate Sanford’s job performance almost as enthusiastically as they rate him personally. Moore’s unfavorable numbers are a bit better than Sanford’s. But 22% still can’t give an opinion of him. Sanford is pro-life and when he was in Congress the National Right to Life Committee gave Mark Sanford a career-long cumulative average of 92 out of 100.

Alaska Pro-Life Gov. Candidate Palin Leads Abortion Advocate Knowles
Juneau, AK ( —
Republican Sarah Palin, who recently won the party’s gubernatorial nomination, holds a 52% to 38% lead over pro-abortion former Governor Tony Knowles. Palin, who is pro-life, lead a Rasmussen survey last month by a 51% to 38% clip, showing her lead relatively unchanged. That August poll was taken before Palin won the primary to become the official Republican candidate. Knowles ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in 2004 and appears headed to another defeat. In the new Rasmussen survey, 34 percent of respondents report having a “very favorable” opinion of Palin. Twenty-five percent (25%) say the same for Knowles. At the other end of the spectrum, Palin earns “very unfavorable” scores from just 6% of voters surveyed versus 17% for Knowles. Knowles has upset pro-life advocates previously. The state legislature passed a law in 1997 that requires abortion facilities to obtain the consent of a teen’s parents before performing an abortion on her. and then voted to override Knowles’ veto.