California Sen. Barbara Boxer Gets Last-Minute Help From Pro-Abortion Groups

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 19, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

California Sen. Barbara Boxer Gets Last-Minute Help From Pro-Abortion Groups

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 19
, 2010

Sacramento, CA ( — Senator Barbara Boxer, the pro-abortion activists who leads the abortion advocacy movement in the Senate, is getting some last-minute election help from allied organizations. EMILY’s List and NARAL are throwing their weight behind Boxer in an attempt to help her defeat pro-life candidate Carly Fiorina.

The latest polls in the race have shown Fiorina trailing by anywhere from one-four percent, which is within the margin.

EMILY’s List, has launched a new independent expenditure effort that focuses on Fiorina’s former tenure as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard rather than her pro-life views.

“This race is a dead heat for one reason and one reason alone: women voters don’t have the information they need about Carly Fiorina,” EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock said in a statement.

Emily’s List intends to provide women the information and, instead of celebrating a Senate race with two women candidates, is attacking Fiorina because she oppose abortion and oppose taxpayer funding of abortions, both of which upset the millionaire women behind the pro-abortion organization.

Meanwhile, NARAL, which has already donated to Boxer’s campaign, announced it had approved an additional $70,000 in contributions to Boxer’s campaign and that of 13 House candidates and pro-abortion Rep. Kendrick Meek, who’s seeking a Senate seat in Florida.

“The 2010 election cycle features some of the most extreme anti-choice candidates in recent memory,” NARAL president Nancy Keenan said in a statement.

“At this point in the campaign season, we know that voters are especially attentive to issues on which there’s a clear difference between candidates—and choice is one of those issues," she added. "We want to make sure these mainstream pro-choice candidates have the resources necessary to make this contrast clear to voters who have not yet made up their minds. We are confident that voters don’t want politicians interfering in our personal, private medical decisions.”

The donations to Boxer’s campaign follow a news conference last week where Boxer attacked Fiorina.

"Make no mistake about it, a woman’s right to choose is on the ballot in California this year," Boxer said during a news conference, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Fiorina, for her part, has pointed out how Boxer and her campaign have been trying to draw California voters’ attention away from her "track record of failure."

"I understand that not everyone agrees with my views on the sanctity of life, but this is a typical, divisive attempt to distract from the issues that are important in this race," Fiorina said, according to the Times. "Wherever people stand on that issue — the most important issue that we have to deal with right now is jobs — 2.2 million people out of work."

Boxer appears to not understand that making abortion a centerpiece of her campaign, during a time when voters are upset about the ObamaCare bill she strongly supported and the lack of attention to the economy from President Barack Obama and his allies like her, could lead to turning them off even though Californians generally support abortion.

She has been lauded by political observers for not taking the abortion debate to the television airwaves, but that could change.

"Sit and watch and wait," Boxer said. "We never say what we’re going to do. But I can say the ads we’ve launched have been very effective."


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