Pro-Abortion Republican Group Backs Candidates in Delaware, New Hampshire

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 13, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Republican Group Backs Candidates in Delaware, New Hampshire

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 13
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A pro-abortion Republican organization announced Monday that it has made donations to two candidates for Congress in Delaware and New Hampshire. With almost all Republicans in Congress taking a pro-life stance, the Republican Majority for Choice PAC has relatively few candidates to support.

In a Monday filing with the FEC, according to Congressional Quarterly, the group gave $5,000 to Rep. Michael Castle, a Delaware congressman.

Castle is hoping to capture a victory in the race for the Delaware Senate seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden and currently held by Democrat Ted Kaufman, who is not running for the seat in 2010.

Castle is seen as having a slight advantage in the race, which, if he wins, would ironically allow pro-life Republican leaders more votes in the Senate to take on abortion and the pro-abortion health care bill.

The pro-abortion group also gave $2,500 to former Rep. Charles Bass of New Hampshire, who is seeking to reclaim the congressional seat he lost in 2006 after representing the district since 1995.

Rep. Paul W. Hodes, a Democrat, is giving up the seat to run for the Senate.

Bass and Castle are two of a handful of Republicans who, in the House, supported abortion and embryonic stem cell research.

Both have loss voting records from National Right to Life and they sometimes voted pro-life even though they support legal abortions.

In 2006, Bass was one of just nine Republicans to oppose a bill that would have made it a crime to take a minor girl to another state for a secret abortion without her parents’ knowledge or consent and in violation of her home state’s parental involvement laws.

Castle has been a thorn in the side of Republicans on embryonic stem cell research and led the fight, along with Democrats, to overturn President George W. Bush’s limits on taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Both lawmakers voted to ban partial-birth abortions in 2003.

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