by Steven Ertelt
October 19, 2007
Baton Rouge, LA (LifeNews.com) — Unlike residents of most of the nation, Louisiana voters are some of the few to have an opportunity to vote in off-year elections. In this case, they will pick between Republicans and Democrats in the first round of a combined primary battle that features a pro-life member of Congress.
Republican Rep. Bobby Jindal has run for governor before, losing to pro-life Democrat Kathleen Blanco by 52 percent to 48 percent in the 2003 race.
Since that defeat, Jindal, the main Republican candidate tomorrow, has compiled a solid pro-life voting record.
According to the National Right to Life Committee, Jindal has a 100% pro-life voting record, having voted not only against abortion and abortion funding but against embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia and human cloning as well.
Five Democratic candidates are vying for votes and the best known include Foster Campbell, a state public service commissioner, and Walter Boasso, a state senator who switched from the Republican Party.
Wealthy businessman John Georges is running as an independent and minor party candidates are seeking the office as well.
Jindal has been favored all along in the election and most political observers say the only question is whether he will receive the majority votes needed to avoid a Nov. 17 runoff election.
Blanco has earned praise from pro-life advocates despite having been strongly criticized for her role in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — the reason she did not run for re-election.
In 2006, she signed a trigger law for Louisiana that would make it so abortions would be illegal if the Supreme Court ever overturns the Roe v. Wade decision.
Governor Blanco also signed a ban on partial-birth abortions — making it the first state to do so after the Supreme Court upheld a national ban.
She also signed a law making Louisiana the next state to tell women considering an abortion that her baby will feel considerable pain during the procedure. The measure also requires abortion businesses to give women the option of seeing an ultrasound of their unborn child beforehand.