Indiana Senate Candidate Dan Coats Gets Pro-Life Backing Over Ellsworth

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

Indiana Senate Candidate Dan Coats Gets Pro-Life Backing Over Ellsworth

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 8
, 2010

Indianapolis, IN ( — Indiana Senate candidate Dan Coats, a pro-life advocate who compiled a strong record when he served in Congress previously, has earned the endorsement of a pro-life women’s group. Coats now enjoys the backing of the Susan B. Anthony List over his Democratic opponent Brad Ellsworth.

The endorsement is important because Ellsworth, who calls himself pro-life, let down pro-life groups when he supported the government-run health care bill that includes massive abortion funding with taxpayer dollars.

Leading up to that vote, Ellsworth also upset pro-life groups when he proposed a so-called compromise on abortion funding that essentially did not ban taxpayer-funded abortions in the national health care plan.

Today, the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund said it is supporting Coats and its president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, talked about the endorsement.

"Once again, the Senate is in great need of the pro-life statesmanship — which Dan Coats has already proven time and again to possess. His commitment to rescind taxpayer funding of abortion in health care and in every aspect of federal spending is urgently needed in the coming Congress," she said.

Dannenfelser said Ellsworth "held a near-perfect pro-life voting record with the National Right to Life Committee until he voted in favor of a health care reform bill including the federal funding of abortion and, potentially, the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade."

"Dan Coats represents voters’ views and women’s needs on the issue of abortion far better than does his opponent," she said.

The SBA List leader pointed to polling data from the Polling Company from March 2010 revealing that 80 percent of constituents in Ellsworth’s congressional district oppose the use of tax dollars for abortion. In that same poll, 65 percent of Ellsworth’s constituents said they would be less likely to re-elect him if he voted in favor of health care legislation including federal funded abortion.

In contrast, said Dannenfelser, "Hoosiers can trust Dan Coats to represent their views on the Life issue and to vote according to his conscience regardless of any political calculus."

Coats served as a U.S. Congressman from 1981 to 1989 then as a U.S. Senator from 1989 to 1999.

In May 2010, he won the five-way Indiana Republican primary with 39 percent of the vote. Coats will face Ellsworth in the November general election to fill the open seat left by retiring pro-abortion Senator Evan Bayh. Polling data currently shows Coats with a lead and pollsters like Scott Rasmussen have already ranked the seat as a likely pickup for pro-life advocates.

National Right to Life has already endorsed Coats over Ellsworth.

The Susan B. Anthony List plans to spend $6 million on voter education in the midterm elections, including $3 million on key Senate races.

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