Indiana Gov Candidate Thompson Gets Major Funding From Abortion Advocates

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 16, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Indiana Gov Candidate Thompson Gets Major Funding From Abortion Advocates

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 16
, 2008

Indianapolis, IN ( — Indiana gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson trails pro-life Gov. Mitch Daniels in the money race in terms of cash spend and cash on hand. But the money she does have is coming to her from a top pro-abortion group because she support unlimited abortions paid for at taxpayer expense.

A new report indicates Thompson raised $1.6 million for her campaign from April through June 30, just under the $1.83 million Daniels took in during the same time period.

Of those funds, much of it came from the pro-abortion group Emily’s List, the top pro-abortion group in the country when it comes to bankrolling candidates.

The Washington based special interest group gave $200,000 to Thompson in the second quarter — bringing the total money it has infused from out of state in the Thompson campaign to $400,000.

According to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Daniels bested Thompson when looking at donations from individuals with Daniels receiving $1 million in donations and Thompson getting $400,000.

Last month, Indiana Right to Life endorsed Daniels for re-election saying there is a striking difference between the two candidates on abortion.

"Mitch Daniels pledged to support pro-life legislation as a candidate in 2004 and he has been true to his word," IRTL director Mike Fichter told at the time. "Now it is time for pro-life Hoosiers to show their appreciation for Governor Daniels by actively working to secure his re-election."

In endorsing Thompson, Fichter said she joins other Emily’s List-backed candidates like Senators Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"Jill Long-Thompson is the most radical abortion proponent to ever seek the office of governor in Indiana, even to the point of supporting abortion for the full nine months of pregnancy," Fichter told

Indiana is known for a large contingent of pro-life Democrats in the southern part of the state and in South Bend, home of the University of Notre Dame. Fichter said many Indiana Democrats will join pro-life Republicans on election day.

"Hoosier voters, Democrat and Republican alike, will reject Jill Long-Thompson’s candidacy once they understand how extreme she is on abortion," he said. "This is not a state that wants to be known as a mecca for doing full-term abortions."

During his first term, Governor Daniels has signed into law key legislation placing Indiana on the leading edge of national pro-life efforts.

That included a bill allowing women to see an ultrasound of their unborn child prior to the abortion, a bill to ban human cloning, and a measure establishing an umbilical cord blood bank to advance life-affirming stem cell research using cord blood instead of killing human embryos.

Daniels also ended 25 years of Indiana abortion clinics operating without any significant health and safety regulations by signing into law new licensure and inspection requirements for abortion centers.

Also, under the Daniels administration, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles approved Indiana’s Choose Life license plate that provides funding for pro-life pregnancy resource centers statewide.

Related web sites:
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