Maryland Pro-Life Candidate Harris Upends Pro-Abortion Republican Congressman

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 13, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 13,

Baltimore, MD ( — Most political observers paid attention to the presidential primary voting in Maryland on Tuesday night, but the pro-life movement received a significant victory. Pro-life Congressional candidate Andy Harris knocked off ten-term pro-abortion incumbent Rep. Wayne Gilchrest in Maryland’s 1st congressional district.

State Sen. Andrew Harris had the backing of pro-life groups in the primary battle as Rep. Gilchrest had compiled just a 16 percent pro-life voting record this year.

While Gilchrest supported both abortion and embryonic stem cell research as well as taxpayer funding of both, Harris takes a pro-life position.

Karen Cross, the political director of National Right to Life, said her group had endorsed Harris and that it reflected "the strong stand that Dr. Andy Harris has taken on behalf of those members of our human family who are least able to protect themselves."

Cross said Harris wants to protect "unborn children and the medically disabled or dependent persons whose lives are threatened by abortion or euthanasia."

"Dr. Harris is solidly pro-life and has been a strong pro-life leader in the Maryland State Senate. We appreciate his willingness to take up the fight for life in the U.S. House of Representatives," Cross added.

In contrast, Cross said Gilchrest "supports the current policy of abortion on demand."