Arizona Right to Life Makes Pro-Life Endorsements for 2010 November Election
by Steven Ertelt
September 29, 2010
Phoenix, AZ (LifeNews.com) — Arizona Right to Life has announced its endorsements of pro-life candidates for the general election this November. Walt Opaska, the chairman of the Arizona Right to Life political action committee said the congressional elections give the pro-life movement the ability to mitigate President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion record.
"The Obama Administration is the most pro-abortion administration in our country’s history," he told LifeNews.com today.
"This election represents an excellent opportunity to return a conservative pro-life majority to the U.S. Congress and halt the erosion of the protection of the unborn," he said. "We must also support those candidates at the state and local level that will continue to work to expand the protection of innocent human life."
Accordingly, the Arizona Right to Life Political Action Committee is supporting Sen. John McCain in his re-election campaign.
The pro-life group also supported pro-life Reps. Trent Franks and Jeff Flake — both of whom have consistent pro-life voting records in the House of Representatives.
AZRTL is also behind pro-life candidates taking on abortion advocates as it is backing Paul Gosar against Ann Kirkpatrick, Ben Quayle for the third congressional district, Janet Contreras against Ed Pastor, David Schweikert against Harry Mitchell, Ruth McClung against Raul Grijalva, and Jesse Kelly against Gabrielle Giffords.
In the Attorney General race, neither candidate meets the requirements of the pro-life group, but it prefers Tom Horne.
"Horne has publicly pledged to vigorously enforce and defend all pro-life laws and while in legislature, he voted to ban partial birth abortion (HB 2113 4/8/97) and supported a parental consent law (SB 1238 2/23/00)," Opaska said of the Republican candidate.
"Democrat candidate Felecia Rotellini has refused to answer our questions regarding her position on abortion but is strongly supported by abortion provider Planned Parenthood, and the pro-abortion groups Emily’s List and Arizona’s List," he continued.
He said Arizona Right to Life "recommends that voters consider which candidate will enforce laws that protect women and unborn children."
The pro-life group also endorsed a long slate of pro-life candidates for the state legislature and Opaska says he urges pro-life voters to learn the names of those candidates, to get out and vote and to urge pro-life friends and family to do the same.
"With so much at stake and the fate of unborn children in the balance, we encourage every pro-life Arizonan to lend a hand to and vote for candidates of conscience who understand the importance and dignity of every innocent human life," said Opaska.
"We urge all pro-life voters to unite behind the candidates that AzRTL PAC endorses, so that we can make a difference by electing public officials who will protect the weak and vulnerable among us," he concluded.
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