Pro-Abortion Activist Challenges Pro-Life Bart Stupak in Democratic Primary

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 16, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Activist Challenges Pro-Life Bart Stupak in Democratic Primary

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 16
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A Michigan pro-abortion activist who is upset that Bart Stupak has stood strong against abortion funding in the Senate health care bill is putting together a credible primary election challenge against the pro-life Democrat. Connie Saltonstall has already received pro-abortion support for the race.

Saltonstall is making abortion the sole reason for her candidacy for Michigan’s 1st District of Congress.

"I believe that [Stupak] has a right to his personal, religious views, but to deprive his constituents of needed health care reform because of those views is reprehensible," she said of him opposing forcing taxpayers to fund abortions.

Saltonstall ran for state representative in 2008 and was a Charlevoix County commissioner in 2006.

She taught fourth grade in the Charlevoix Schools and in 1978 was elected to the Charlevoix Board of Education, then appointed to the Michigan Association of School Boards Taxation Committee and recently completed a three-year term on the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging.

That background makes her a competitive candidate as does her support from NOW, the national pro-abortion women’s group.

"Saltonstall is a strong supporter of the full range of feminist issues, including reproductive justice, affirmative action, pay equity, constitutional equality and equal marriage rights," NOW said yesterday backing Stupak.

"Saltonstall is a strong supporter of the full range of feminist issues, including reproductive justice" and "more specifically, she is in favor of repealing the Hyde Amendment," NOW added.

In a new interview with The Hill, Stupak says it has been especially tough on him — a “living hell" he says — advocating the pro-life position within the pro-abortion Democratic Party.

He’s received tons of emails, calls and faxes from pro-abortion stalwarts blasting him for standing up for his pro-life convictions and his wife has unplugged their home phone because of harassing calls.

“All the phones are unplugged at our house — tired of the obscene calls and threats. She won’t watch TV,” Stupak told The Hill. “People saying they’re going to spit on you and all this. That’s just not fun.”

“I’m a little surprised,” Stupak said about his becoming a household name for opposing abortion funding.

“In the past, we’ve always been able to work it out,” he said. “This is the first time we’ve not been able to work it out.”

“I’m pretty stubborn,” said Stupak about not letting up.

Related web sites:
Stupak for Congress – https://www.stupakforcongress.com

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