Georgia GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Earn Right to Life’s Endorsement
by Steven Ertelt
June 3, 2010
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — In the Republican primary race to find a GOP nominee to replace outgoing pro-life Governor Sonny Perdue, who is term limited, the statewide pro-life group in Georgia gives its stamp of approval to most of the candidates. The only candidate it expresses reservations about is Karen Handel.
The Georgia Right to Life Political Action Committee told LifeNews.com today it holds political candidates to a very high standard in order to receive its endorsement.
"We live in the 21st century", says Melanie Crozier, political director for the group, "where new biomedical advances bring new challenges that necessitate a new pro-life paradigm. We must protect all human life."
Presently, five of the six Republican gubernatorial candidates enjoy GRTL’s endorsement.
That includes State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, who has a very narrow plurality lead in the last poll taken in mid-May at 23 percent.
Congressman Nathan Deal, at 15 percent in the poll, and State Senate President Eric Johnson, at five percent in the poll, also receive the endorsement.
But it does not extend to former Secretary of State Karen Handel, who polls at 14 percent in that survey.
Dan Becker, the Georgia Right to Life president, tells LifeNews.com, "Handel proclaims herself pro-life; however, she does not meet the 21st century demands of being pro-life."
"For instance, Handel believes that a child may be aborted based on its manner of conception. When I asked her directly her thoughts on the value of embryos, she answered that she does not believe that an embryonic human is a child," Becker said.
"Based on Ms. Handel’s own statements, she does not meet the GRTL PAC’s criteria and will not be endorsed in this primary election or the November election, without a change in her positions," the organization explained.
Jeff Chapman and Ray McBerry also earn the GRTL endorsement for the July 20th primary.
All candidates that were endorsed by GRTL PAC have signed the PAC affirmation statement which says that they agree with the position that unborn children are persons at the point of conception onward.
Related web sites:
Georgia Right to Life – https://www.grtl.org
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