Kentucky Governor Race Features Clear Pro-Life vs. Pro-Abortion Matchup

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 23, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kentucky Governor Race Features Clear Pro-Life vs. Pro-Abortion Matchup Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 23
, 2007

Frankfort, KY ( — Kentucky is one of the few states with an off-year election this year and when voters head to the polls again in November to decide on a governor, they have a clear choice between a pro-life and pro-abortion candidate. Gov. Ernie Fletcher and former Lt. Gov. Steve Beshear survived contentious primary battles on Tuesday.

Fletcher, a pro-life Republican, and Beshear, a pro-abortion Democrat, will provide marked contrasts on abortion.

The incumbent governor was able to defeat pro-life former Rep. Anne Northup, who lost her bid for re-election last year, and Paducah businessman Billy Harper. Northup would not have run against him in the primary but Fletcher came under fire during his administration for various ethics concerns.

Fletcher had a 100 percent pro-life voting record while in Congress and, as governor, continued that by signing a bill in 2004 that would protect pregnant women like Laci Peterson and their unborn children from violence.

"I have worked to create a culture of life in Frankfort, by working to protect all children, both born and unborn," Fletcher, who is also a physician, told AP about his record.

He has the endorsement of Kentucky Right to Life, which has warned voters to avoid Beshear because of his pro-abortion position.

Beshear served four years as lieutenant governor during the 1980s in the Martha Layne Collins administration, and lost a race for governor in 1987. He has also served as the state’s attorney general.

Fletcher ended up getting 50 percent of the vote in the three-way GOP primary while Beshear won the Democratic nomination with 41 percent of the vote after facing multiple candidates.

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