Texas Governor Race Has Pro-Life Rick Perry Leading Pro-Abortion Bill White
by Steven Ertelt
July 15, 2010
Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) — Governor Rick Perry of Texas holds a lead over his pro-abortion rival Bill White again this month in his bid for an unprecedented third term as governor of Texas. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the Lone Star State shows Perry with 50% support.
White, a former mayor of Houston, picks up 41% of the vote and two percent like some other candidate and seven percent remain undecided.
In mid-June, Perry held a 48% to 40% lead over White in the last Rasmussen poll, and he has increased and solidified his lead since then.
In match-ups since February, Perrys support has remained in the tight range of 47% to 51%. White has earned 38% to 44% of the vote in that same period. The two men ran closest in April when Perry held a narrow four-point lead, 48% to 44%, according to Rasmussen polls.
Pollster Scott Rasmussen talked about the race: "White faces a tough race in a state that trends conservative Republican. Perry has been highly critical of the federal government, increasingly so over the last couple of years, and what he views as its intrusion on states rights. This is likely to play well in a state where voters are more strongly critical than voters nationally of the new health care bill."
Fifty-five percent (55%) of Texas voters now approve of the job Perry is doing as governor, while 44% disapprove. These findings have remained steady for several months now.
In May, Perry secured the support of a statewide pro-life group while the Planned Parenthood abortion business jumped in White’s corner.
Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas endorsed White, saying he "has demonstrated a strong commitment" to abortion.
The organization runs the largest chain of abortion facilities in Texas, including their recently opened 78,000-square-foot, six-story "megafacility" in Houston.
But Governor Perry has been endorsed by the Texas Alliance for Life PAC, which says he "has passionately supported laws protecting unborn babies and their mothers."
Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, told LifeNews.com, "Voters need to know that Bill White would bring Planned Parenthood with him into the Texas Capitol if he were elected governor in November."
"Texas needs a leader who is unrelentingly pro-life," Pojman said. "Unlike his opponent, Governor Perry has never given an inch to the life-threatening precepts of Roe v. Wade, whether verbally or by his actions as an elected official."
Perry supported the Woman’s Right to Know Act (2003), the Prenatal Protection Act (2003), the parental consent law (2005), and funding for alternatives to abortions (2005, 2007, 2009).
In addition, Gov. Perry has also strongly endorsed public funding for adult stem cell research. He has opposed embryonic stem cell research, which has developed no treatments or cures and requires the destruction of human embryos.
Adult stem cells have been used to successfully treat more than 20,000 Americans and more than 70 different conditions or diseases.
In April, Perry joined former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to raise money for an organization that places pro-life commercials on television.
Perry exposed Obama’s pro-abortion record and focused on him overturning the Mexico City Policy and forcing Americans to pay for funding groups that promote and perform abortions overseas.
America is in the business of exporting abortion. I’m not happy about that, Perry said and, saying of unborn children, Too bad we can’t protect them from the federal government."
Related web sites:
Texas Alliance for Life – https://www.texasallianceforlife.org
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