Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, one of the most prominent members of the US Senate, announced this week he would not seek reelection in 2012.
Consistently unpredictable on other issues, Sen. Lieberman has unfortunately always been firm in his support for abortion. Lieberman went even as far as to vote against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.
While the pro-life movement has good reason to celebrate Lieberman’s retirement, flipping his Senate seat from pro-abortion to pro-life will be a tall order. Connecticut is incredibly favorable to pro-abortion candidates.
Thus far on the Democratic side, former CT Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, who is strongly pro-abortion, has announced she is running for Lieberman’s seat. Other potential Democratic candidates include pro-abortion Rep. Chris Murphy and Rep. Joe Courtney, both of whom voted to use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions under Obamacare.
On the Republican side, some are urging Linda McMahon, a pro-abortion Republican, to enter the race.
McMahon ran for Senate in 2010, ultimately losing to pro-abortion Democrat Richard Blumenthal. While certainly no friend to the pro-life movement, McMahon would be a better option than the Democratic names being tossed around due to her opposition to pro-abortion Obamacare. In an ideal situation, a viable pro-life candidate, from either party, would throw his or her hat in the ring, giving pro-lifers from Connecticut someone to rally behind in 2012.