Pennsylvania Pro-Life Group Third to Issue Endorsement for John McCain

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 23, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pennsylvania Pro-Life Group Third to Issue Endorsement for John McCain

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 23
, 2008

Harrisburg, PA ( — The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation is the third statewide pro-life group to issue an endorsement for presidential candidate John McCain. The group’s Board of Directors recently unanimously endorsed the Arizona senator over pro-abortion rival Barack Obama.

The organization follows pro-life groups in California and Wisconsin which issued endorsements for McCain in April.

Charlene Bashore, the director of the Pennsylvania pro-life organization’s political action committee, talked with about the endorsement.

"This upcoming election offers a stark comparison between the two presidential candidates," she said about where McCain and Obama stand on abortion.

She said the differences don’t just pertain to the killing unborn children before birth.

"As a state senator in Illinois, Barack Obama opposed legislation which would help babies who miraculously survive abortions; John McCain supported such legislation on a federal level," Bashore said. "This goes beyond abortion; it is infanticide."

Bashore told that Obama insulted Pennsylvania voters with his comment that he wouldn’t want his daughters "punished with a baby" if they became pregnant as teenagers.

"It was right here, in Pennsylvania, where Obama made his now infamous statement," Bashore said. "This indicates he even would lack compassion for the life of an unborn baby who happened to be his grandchild."

For the Pennsylvania group, the endorsement isn’t just about opposing Obama and his pro-abortion views, but acknowledging that, on abortion, McCain has put his pro-life views into practice.

"John McCain, on the other hand, has an adopted daughter from Bangladesh, is a strong advocate for adoption-related legislation, and is supportive of compassionate alternatives to abortion," she said.

Bashore also cited Obama’s stance in favor of the Freedom of Choice Act as another reason to oppose him.

Obama has promised to sign the bill into law if he becomes president, and the measure would not only make legalized abortion a national law but would overturn the pro-life limits in place in all 50 states such as parental consent, Right to Know laws, or limits on tax-funded abortions.

"If Barack Obama were to have his way, [the bill] would dismantle Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act, a law which has had bi-partisan support and has protected women and their unborn babies for almost 20 years," she said.

"Clearly, the stakes could not be higher– not only for our state, but also our country and the choice between John McCain and Barack Obama could not be clearer," Bashore concluded.

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