Brown and Coakley Continue to Feud on Abortion in Massachusetts Senate Race

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 8, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Brown and Coakley Continue to Feud on Abortion in Massachusetts Senate Race

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 8
, 2010

Boston, MA ( — Massachusetts special Senate election candidates Scott Brown and Martha Coakley continue to feud on abortion. In a recent debate both Brown, the Republican, and Coakley, the Democrat, took each other to task claiming their stance is either confusing or extreme.

“We both believe Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, but there are clear distinctions,’’ Brown said, explaining how Coakley has an extreme pro-abortion position.

“She will go down there as a social crusader’’ who will push for more abortions, he added.

Coakley said that was not accurate and responded, “I have no idea what Scott’s position is on choice.’’

“He won’t say he’s for choice and he won’t say he’s pro-life,’’ she said, according to a Boston Globe report. “He’s supported by pro-life groups. My position on choice is clear. I support women’s choice.’’

Coakley also criticized Brown for supporting a bill that allows Catholic hospitals to opt out of giving women who are sexual abuse victims the morning after pill that can cause an abortion in some circumstances.

Meanwhile, Jack Rowe, chairman of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life PAC, updated on the pro-life group’s work to prevent Coakley from winning. The group says Brown, while not taking a pro-life stance, could help stop the pro-abortion health care bill in Congress that could force taxpayers to fund hundreds of thousands of abortions.

He says by the time the January 19 election occurs, MCFL’s PAC will have completed 120,000 phone calls to its members, run ads on the major radio stations across the state, and distributed 170,000 cards informing pro-life advocates where the candidates stand on abortion.

Coakley already has the endorsement of Emily’s List, a top pro-abortion organization.

The biggest news in the race came recently via a new Rasmussen Reports poll showing Coakley holds just a nine-point lead over her Republican rival.

The survey of likely voters in the state finds Coakley ahead of Brown 50% to 41%. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided.

Both candidates get better than 70% of the vote from members of their respective parties, but Brown leads 65% to 21% among voters not affiliated with either of the major parties.

For more on the race and the abortion stance of the candidates, see

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