by Steven Ertelt
December 9, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Voters in Ohio and Virginia have a chance to participate in special elections for Congress on Tuesday. They will consider candidates on both sides of the abortion debate that could have an important bearing on key abortion-related votes in the nation’s capitol.
The first race takes place in Ohio’s fifth Congressional district and features pro-life state Representative Bob Latta, who enjoys the endorsement of both National Right to Life and Ohio Right to Life’s political action committees.
As the chairman of the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee, Bob helped pass Ohio’s ban on partial birth abortion
Karen Cross, the political director for National Right to Life talked with LifeNews.com about both races.
"Latta had a 100 percent pro-life voting record as a member of the state legislature," she said.
Latta faces Robin Weirauch, the 2004 and 2006 Democratic nominee who has the endorsement of Emily’s List, one of the biggest pro-abortion group’s in the nation.
Cross told LifeNews.com that Emily’s List "only backs candidates who support abortion on demand, tax-funding of abortions and they also have to support the partial-birth abortion procedure."
Meanwhile, pro-life Republican Delegate Rob Wittman is running an aggressive campaign in Virginia’s First District, but his Democratic opponent Philip Forgit is hoping to repeat last year’s upset of pro-life Senator George Allen.
"Wittman is pro-life and has been endorsed by the Virginia Society for Human Life PAC," Cross told LifeNews.com.
Cross says Forgit claims he is pro-life but explains that he is only "personally opposed" to abortion.
Forgit has said, "I don’t want government bureaucrats making decisions when it comes to women’s bodies," and "I may be pro-life but I am not going up there to criminalize abortions."
The winner will replace Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis, a strong pro-life advocate who passed away on October 6, 2007.
Cross is worried that low turnout in both races could ultimately hurt the pro-life candidates.