Pro-Life News: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Colorado

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 21, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life News: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Colorado

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 21
, 2010

Wisconsin: Pro-Abortion Russ Feingold trails Pro-Life Candidate Ron Johnson

Madison, WI ( — The new DailyKos/Public Policy Polling survey in Wisconsin shows pro-life Ron Johnson (R) leading pro-abortion Sen. Russ Feingold (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 52% to 41%.

An enormous enthusiasm gap, coupled with a Republican nominee fresh from a decisive primary win and unsullied by the primary process, has catapulted Republican nominee Ron Johnson to a double-digit advantage over incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold, according to PPP’s poll.

"Wisconsin is seeing one of the most severe enthusiasm gaps in the country. If turnout matched 2008 Johnson would be leading Feingold only 47-46 and Barrett would be ahead of Walker 46-44. Right now these races look very difficult but if Democrats wake up between now and November they have the potential to become toss ups," PPP noted.

In November of 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama swept through the Midwest, winning many states (including Wisconsin) by double digits. Today, the President’s numbers are nearly reversed in the Badger State: whereas Obama carried the state 56-42 in 2008, his job approval now is 41%, with 54% expressing disapproval.

Meanwhile, in the battle to replace Democratic Governor Jim Doyle, the results are only incrementally better as pro-life Scott Walker leads pro-abortion Tom Barrett 50-41 percent.

Pennsylvania "Pro-Life Democratic" Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper Trailing in Poll

Harrisburg, PA ( — Count Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper among Pennsylvania’s most endangered Democrats. She is one of the "pro-life Democrats" who pro-life groups say betrayed their principles in voting for the health care bill that contains taxpayer funding of abortions.

The freshman Democrat is trailing GOP hopeful Mike Kelly in the race for Pennsylvania’s 3rd district, 38 percent to 42 percent, according to an independent poll released Wednesday by Franklin & Marshal College.

The survey of 482 people — conducted Sept. 14-19 with a 4.5-point margin of error — found that Kelly enjoys a 4-point lead amongst registered voters. Among likely voters, however, Kelly’s lead extends to 6 points.

It was no secret that Dahlkemper would face a tough re-election bid this cycle. She won election in 2008 with just 51 percent of the vote, and the northwestern Pennsylvania district leans Republican.

Louisiana Senate: Pro-Life David Vitter Leads Melancon in New Magellan Poll

Baton Rouge, LA ( — In Louisiana, pro-life Senator David Vitter maintains an 18 point lead over Congressman Charlie Melancon, 52% to 34%, based on an automated survey fielded September 19th of likely general election voters.

Among white voters, David Vitter leads by 44 points (66% Vitter/22% Melancon). Among Republican voters, David Vitter leads by 81 points (86% Vitter/5% Melancon), and among independent voters, David Vitter leads by 28 points (52% Vitter/24% Melancon).

Charlie Melancon’s strongest base of support is among African American voters, where he leads by 65 points (73% Melancon/8% Vitter). Among Democrat voters, Charlie Melancon leads David Vitter by 17 points (51% Melancon/34% Vitter).

Michigan Democrat Gov Candidate Virg Bernero Gets Planned Parenthood Nod

Lansing, MI ( — On September 20, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero used a news conference to advertise being endorsed by Planned Parenthood and attack Republican candidate Rick Snyder for opposing abortion. Recently released numbers from Planned Parenthood show they committed a record 324,008 abortions in 2008.

Bernero also promised to defend the legal killing of unborn human beings if he becomes governor.

"It is crucial we have a governor who understands, believes and is committed to women’s rights and women’s right to choose and you can count on me doing that," Bernero said in his first of three news conferences scheduled in Lansing, Flint and Southfield.

Right to Life of Michigan says Bernero has a long record of supporting abortion on demand including partial-birth abortion.

Assisted Suicide Decision in Montana Underscores Need for Legislation

Helena, MT ( — Engage, a quarterly legal journal from The Federalist Society, is featuring an article from William Saunders, AUL’s Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs. In the article, Saunders provides detailed legal analysis of Baxter v. Montana, a recent case in which a court determined that there is nothing in state law to prohibit assisted suicide.

“This is a murky issue right now,” says Saunders. “It’s unclear legally speaking what the answer is. Because common sense does not always prevail in the courts, a legislative solution is the only way to definitively ensure this practice is banned.”

The Montana ruling, which is out of line with other state and federal court decisions, begs a simple question: If the state won’t prevent assisted suicide, will the state allow the practice? AUL has a specific solution. Our model bill, the Assisted Suicide Ban Act, would completely ban the practice and clear up any “gray areas” created by the courts.

Colorado Personhood Amendment 62 Backers Say Blue Book Biased

Denver, CO ( — Amendment 62 sponsors filed a lawsuit today against the Colorado Legislative Counsel, attempting to stop the continued publication and statewide distribution of the "Colorado Blue Book".

The Colorado Legislative Council’s website states that the purpose of the Colorado Blue Book is "to provide voters with the text, title, and a fair and impartial analysis."

Amendment 62 sponsors and organizers maintain that the ballot information booklet (The Colorado Blue Book), is not fair or impartial, but in fact glaringly biased against Amendment 62. Sponsors attempted several times to change the prejudiced text, in writing and at the public hearing, yet none of their objections were recognized.


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