Pro-Life News: Wisconsin, Michigan, Washington, Massachusetts

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 12, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt and Paul Nowak Editor
September 12, 2006

Wisconsin Governor Gets Backing of Embryonic Stem Cell Research Group
Madison, WI ( —
A new coalition that advocates embryonic stem cell research is backing Democratic Governor Jim Doyle in his re-election bid. The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, comprised of researchers, patient advocates, and business leaders has announced its endorsement of Doyle, a supporter of the destructive research. Republican Congressman Mark Green, who opposes Doyle, is against the use of human embryos in stem cell research. Wisconsin Right to Life has endorsed Green, referring to him as "an exceptional candidate who so strongly believes in the sanctity of all human life." Wisconsin Right to Life also noted that Governor Doyle supports abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy, and has vetoed numerous pro-life bills. "When it comes down to which candidate respects the lives of the most vulnerable among us, the voters of Wisconsin will have a clear choice in November," said WRTL PAC Chair Bonnie Pfaff.

Michigan Attorney General Race Features Pro-Abortion, Pro-Life Contrast
Detroit, MI ( —
Amos Williams, a pro-abortion attorney from Detroit, has been nominated as the Democratic candidate to challenge incumbent Attorney General Mike Cox. Williams, a former police officer, beat former judge M. Scott Bowen to win the nomination. Prior to the convention, Williams had already won the endorsement of pro-abortion group Michigan NOW. Cox, an outspoken pro-life advocate who was a featured speaker at Right to Life of Michigan’s 2004 Conference and Students for Life Day, has fought to appeal a court ruling that declared Michigan’s partial-birth abortion ban, known as the "Legal Birth Definition Act" unconstitutional. In his request for an appeal, Cox told the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that the pro-life law was "the will of the people."

Michigan Cong Race With Rogers, Marcinkowski Sees Abortion Fight
Lansing, MI ( —
Democrat Jim Marcinkowski’s inconsistency on the abortion issue is the focus of an automated call campaign supporting incumbent U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers. Residents of the 8th Congressional District have received calls pointing out that Marcinkowski, a former Republican, has changed his position on the issue from one extreme to the other. "Running for the Legislature, he [Marcinkowski] said he was pro-life with no exceptions," the message states. "Running for Congress, he says he’s a pro-choice Democrat." Voters are urged to call Marcinkowski to "ask him what he’ll be tomorrow." Marcinkowski’s campaign manager, Brian Wilcox, said that his candidate left the Republican party due to its "extreme right focus on social issues." Right to Life of Michigan has endorsed Rep. Mike Rogers, a three-term incumbent to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Washington Pro-Abortion Sen. Cantwell Leads McGavick 52 to 35
Olympia, WA ( —
A new poll by Rasmussen Reports finds pro-abortion Sen. Maria Cantwell now leads Republican challenger Mike McGavick 52% to 35%. That’s a significant jump since a similar the previous poll, which showed her up by just six percent. it probably reflects negative public opinion about McGavick’s admission of a drunk driving incident earlier in his life. It also marks the first time since February that Cantwell has topped 50 percent, a major threshold for incumbents. Following news of the arrest, 45% of voters have a favorable opinion of McGavick, down from 49 percent in the last poll. Fifteen percent (15%) of respondents now say they have a “very favorable” opinion of the candidate and 21% have a “very unfavorable” opinion. Those numbers also represent a decline from the previous survey. In August, the numbers were 18% very favorable and 14% very unfavorable. The state’s primary is on September 19th but both are expected to advance to the general election. McGavick backs legal abortion but supports some pro-life laws.

Massachusetts Dems in Dead Heat for Gubernatorial Nomination
Boston, MA ( —
A Boston Globe poll of likely voters found three Democratic candidates in a dead heat for their party’s nomination in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race. The Republican nominee to replace outgoing Governor Mitt Romney, Lt. Governor Kerry Healey, shares the pro-abortion views of her Democratic counterparts – leaving Massachusetts pro-life voters with no option in the upcoming election. On the subject of embryonic stem cell research, another issue that all of the gubernatorial candidates support, Healey referred to a $1 billion investment in the destructive research proposed by Democratic candidate Chris Gabrieli "pretty irresponsible" and "a decision just made in the dark." Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly and former chief federal civil rights prosecutor Deval Patrick are also running for the Democratic nomination.