Indiana Senate Candidate Dan Coats Gets Support From Pro-Life Organization
by Steven Ertelt
May 26, 2010
Indianapolis, IN (LifeNews.com) — The National Right to Life political action committee, today,announced its endorsement of Dan Coats in his campaign for U.S. Senate from Indiana. Coats has the Republican nomination to face Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth, who says he is pro-life but voted for the pro-abortion health care bill.
National Right to Life political director Karen Cross told LifeNews.com Coats has a longstanding pro-life record from his days in Congress.
"As a member of both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, Dan Coats was a leading champion for pro-life policies," she said.
"Dan Coats was the author of key pro-life amendments, including a law that prevents the government from penalizing medical training programs for refusing to provide training in abortion. In addition, he was part of successful efforts to curb federal funding of abortion and an early supporter of the successful pro-life campaign to ban partial-birth abortion," Cross said.
The National Right to Life official added, "Coats can be trusted to protect our most vulnerable citizens our unborn children."
On the other hand, Cross says Ellsworth betrayed his pro-life claims by supporting the government-run health care bill that has massive abortion funding.
"Ellsworth voted to enact President Obamas pro-abortion health care legislation legislation which will provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and also contains multiple provisions that will promote the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments," she said.
Ellsworth feuded with NRLC during the debate leading up to the health care bill.
In a January interview with the Evansville Courier and Press newspaper, Ellsworth essentially said he wanted a health care bill approved as long as it doesn’t fund abortions. But he threw in a caveat.
"He said he won’t abide federal funding of abortion in the final bill, but he added that doesn’t mean he will end up agreeing with the National Right to Life Committee and other anti-abortion organizations that have denounced the Senate’s bill," the newspaper reported him explaining.
Ellsworth specifically said, ""I’m not going to take one group and say, ‘Just because they say it, it’s necessarily true.’"
The Indiana congressman also upset pro-life advocates last year when, leading up the first House vote, he proposed his own phony amendment that purported to ban abortion funding but essentially allowed it.
The National Right to Life Committee, the Catholic bishops, and other pro-life groups highlighted the amendment as a fraud.
Cross concluded, "Dan Coats exemplary pro-life record should earn him the support of all voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family."
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