Massachusetts’ Paul Kirk Gets Kennedy Seat, Pro-Abortion Replacement Likely

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 24, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Massachusetts’ Paul Kirk Gets Kennedy Seat, Pro-Abortion Replacement Likely

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 24
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick chose a close friend of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy to fill his seat in the Senate. Patrick picked Paul Kirk, who was the chairman of the Democratic Party in the late 1980s, to replace Kennedy, the pro-life advocate turned champion of abortion.

Kirk said today that he would be a “voice and vote for [Kennedy’s] causes and his constituents.”

For the health care debate, that means another vote for the Kennedy or Baucus bills, both of which include abortion funding and rationing of health care for seniors and are vigorously opposed by pro-life groups.

In making the announcement of his selection for a replacement, Governor Patrick acknowledged that he was entrusting what Kennedy called the “cause of my life” – health care reform — to Kirk.

"The issues before the Congress and the nation are simply too important to Massachusetts for us to be one voice short,” Patrick said.

That means it will be more difficult for pro-life lawmakers to launch a successful filibuster against the pro-abortion Kennedy or Baucus health care "reform" bills as Senate Democrats will have another vote in place to help them get to 60 votes to stop one.

Kirk will serve until Massachusetts voters go to the polls on January 19 to select a replacement for Kennedy and Kirk has said he has no plans to run for the seat.

In that special election, an aggressively pro-abortion candidate, Martha Coakley, may led the way.

She is getting strong support from the pro-abortion group Emily’s List and wrote an email to the organization’s supporters today thanking them.

"It’s been only 21 days since I entered this race," she writes. "Fortunately, I have one incredible advantage over my competition: the support of 100,000 EMILY’s List members like you standing with me. Your support is making an incredible difference in this race."

"Since I announced my campaign, EMILY’s List has become a critical part of my team," she said.

With Massachusetts’ position as a state where a majority of its residents favor abortion, Kennedy will likely be replaced by an abortion advocate — whether it is Coakley or someone else.

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