Pro-Life Groups in California and Wisconsin First to Back John McCain

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 24, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life State Groups in California and Wisconsin First to Back John McCain

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 24
, 2008

Sacramento, CA ( — Two state pro-life groups are the first to issue an endorsement for John McCain for president. Their announcements follow one from National Right to Life indicating support for McCain because of the differences on abortion between him Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.

The California Pro-Life Council, last week, adopted the same resolution NRLC approved, saying pro-life advocates should support McCain because he is significantly better on abortion than either Democratic candidate.

"Both contenders for the Democratic nomination, Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton, have strong positions and voting records in favor of abortion on demand and strongly support the appointment of only U.S. Supreme Court Justices who favor Roe v. Wade," the California pro-life group said.

On the other hand, McCain "has consistently taken a strong pro-life position against abortion, has a strong pro-life voting record against abortion, and opposes Roe v. Wade."

Wisconsin Right to Life, in an email to, went further in its endorsement of McCain.

"Senator McCain has a stellar 100% voting record on protecting unborn children from abortion," the group said.

"He opposes the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand in the United States and he voted to ban the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure," WRTL added. "He opposes taxpayer funding of abortion and supports legislation that would require parental notification prior to a minor’s abortion."

"He has stated that he would nominate U.S. Supreme Court justices in the mold of Justices Roberts and Scalia," WRTL added.

Each of the three pro-life groups, unlike McCain, strongly opposes embryonic stem cell research because it involves the destruction of human life.

However, WRTL said McCain agrees with pro-life advocates on other bioethics issues.

"Senator McCain opposes human cloning and the intentional creation of human embryos for research purposes," the group said.

WRTL said both Obama and Clinton not only support abortion but would keep it legal and unlimited for another 35 years.

They also support a bill in Congress that would overturn the pro-life laws limiting abortions in all 50 states.

Susan Armacost, the WRTL political action committee director concluded, "For those of us who believe the sanctity of human life is the bottom line issue in making our voting decisions, the choice could not be clearer."

Related web sites:
California Pro-Life Council –
Wisconsin Right to Life –