Kansas Senate Candidate Todd Tiahrt Gets Pro-Life Group’s Endorsement
by Steven Ertelt
July 29, 2010
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — When Kansas voters head to the polls next week to cast their ballots for a Republican candidates to replace pro-life Senator Sam Brownback, the National Right to Life Committee hopes they will vote for pro-life congressman Todd Tiahrt.
Yesterday, the National Right to Life Political Action Committee endorsed Tiahrt over pro-life Congressman Jerry Moran and other Republican candidates.
In their endorsement letter to Congressman Tiahrt, National Right to Life director David O’Steen, political director Karen Cross, and legislative director Douglas Johnson noted Tiahrt has been a "key leader on pro-life issues" who has "fought tenaciously against pro-abortion proposals that have surfaced" in the House Appropriations Committee.
The letter also noted that Tiahrt voted against President Barack Obama’s massive health care restructuring bill in March.
The law will provide federal funding for insurance plans that cover abortion on demand and contains other provisions which can lead to further expansion of abortion. It also contains provisions that will result in large-scale rationing of lifesaving medical treatments, the pro-life group said.
Tiahrt’s vote against the bill was his "118th consecutive pro-life vote which is a pro-life record that very few members of Congress can equal," the letter notes.
NRL PAC summarized that Tiahrt’s "dedication and skill in advancing the pro-life cause is badly needed in the United States Senate."
"We believe that your exemplary record of pro-life leadership has earned you 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," the group added.
Moran has a solid pro-life voting record from the group but has not been quite as consistent as Tiahrt.
NRLC notes that Moran voted against its wishes in 2007 for a Medicare prescription drug bill that it says would effectively prevent older people from being allowed to spend their own money, if they choose, to save their own lives through access to unrationed prescription drugs under Medicare.
Meanwhile, Kansans for Life, which is also behind Tiahrt, says Moran has covered up pro-abortion votes he cast while a member of the Kansas state legislature.
The group says Moran voted against parental consent in 1989, and against parental notification in 1990 and 1991.
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