Former House Pro-Life Caucus Chair Loses Endorsement Over ObamaCare, Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
October 18, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The former chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus first lost the support of a statewide pro-life group because of his vote for the abortion-funding ObamaCare bill. Now, Rep. Jim Oberstar of Minnesota has lost the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee.
Due in part to Oberstar’s vote and his own pro-life views, NRLC today endorsed Chip Cravaack in his campaign to unseat Oberstar for Minnesota’s eight district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
"We’re proud to endorse Chip Cravaack for Congress," said National Right to Life Political Director Karen Cross.
She told LifeNews.com: "Chip Cravaack is firmly committed to repealing the anti-life provisions of the pro-abortion, pro-rationing Obama health care law passed by Congress in March a law that Jim Oberstar voted for and helped enact."
In a letter to Cravaack sent and released today, NRL PAC noted, "Recently your opponent, Congressman Jim Oberstar, voted to enact President Obama’s health care legislation, which will provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and will promote the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments."
The letter also lists Cravaack’s support for pro-life legislation and opposition to federal funding for elective abortion in all federal programs.
In their own endorsement of Mr. Cravaack last week, the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life federal PAC noted that Oberstar "led an effort to lobby pro-life Democrats in the U.S. House to vote for final passage of the Obama health care bill, even though it included rationing and abortion funding."
MCCL said that, in so doing, he violated an earlier pledge, "I will not vote for a health care bill that doesn’t have the House abortion language in it," according to what he told CQ in February.
In addition to Mr. Cravaack, NRL PAC has also endorsed the following candidates running for Congress in Minnesota: Randy Demmer (R-1st), Rep. John Kline (R-2nd), Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-3rd), Teresa Collett (R-4th), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-6th), and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-7th).
Related web sites:
NRLC – https://www.nrlc.org
MCCL – https://www.mccl.org
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