Kentucky Senate Candidate Lunsford Not Pro-Woman or Pro-Life Group Says

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 25, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kentucky Senate Candidate Lunsford Not Pro-Woman or Pro-Life Group Says

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 25
, 2008

Frankfort, KY ( — Former gubernatorial candidate Bruce Lunsford is the Democratic challenger to pro-life Sen. Mitch McConnell. McConnell is long-time pro-life champion whom the pro-life movement has turned to for leadership on key issues and one pro-life group says Lunsford is neither pro-woman nor pro-life.

McConnell has had double digit leads throughout the campaign and Lunsford has tried to capture women’s voters by with a "Women’s Bill of Rights."

The Lunsford campaign recently previewed Lunsford’s unveiling of a "Women’s Bill of Rights" at the Carrick House in Lexington tonight. Among the issues expected to be covered are healthcare, equal pay and domestic violence.

But Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser tells women voters know Lunsford’s record leaves much to be desired.

She says touting his record on domestic violence is hypocritical.

In 2003, Lunsford publicly opposed Kentucky’s Fetal Homicide Act, a bill that would protect pregnant women in the state in cases when they and their unborn children are killed or injured in violent attacks.

The bill allows women and children to receive proper justice by charging criminals for two crimes when killing or injuring both mother and child.

"Bruce Lunsford knows his extreme record on abortion doesn’t resonate with everyday Kentucky women voters, so he should soften his image among women by changing his position on Kentucky’s Fetal Homicide Act,’" Dannenfelser said. "It’s outrageous that a murderer of a woman and her unborn baby would go unpunished for both crimes."

Thirty-six states, including Kentucky, currently have laws that protect unborn victims from criminal violence.

In 2004, President Bush signed the federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act, more commonly known as "Laci and Conner’s Law," after the death of the pregnant Laci Peterson. The federal measure passed with bi-partisan support and covers crimes that occur on federal property, including military bases and tribal lands.

Dannenfelser says her group will be educating women voters about candidates like Lumsford.

"The Susan B. Anthony List will be educating pro-life women voters in Kentucky about the Senate candidates’ records on" pro-life issues, she said. "Once Kentucky women voters learn the truth about Bruce Lunsford’s extreme support for abortion on-demand, his ‘Women’s Bill of Rights’ will lose resonance."

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