Kentucky: David Williams Gets Pro-Life Group’s Endorsement

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 13, 2011   |   6:35PM   |   Frankfort, KY

Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams has picked up the endorsement of the statewide pro-life group Kentucky Right to Life. Williams received the backing of the group’s political action committee.

Margie Montgomery, the executive director of the pro-life organization, said Williams, the president of the state Senate, is a longtime friend of women and unborn children and one of the state’s leading abortion opponents. According to an AP report, she said Williams has made “extraordinary efforts to protect innocent human life” and pro-life Kentucky voters can trust him.

“Williams speaks eloquently on behalf of the unborn and the elderly on the Senate floor and has made extraordinary efforts to protect innocent human life from conception until natural death,” Montgomery said.

To get to the general election, Williams will have to first face pro-life Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw. Both candidates answered the KRLA PAC Survey 100% pro-life, but Kentucky Right to Life said “Senator Williams has more than 40 pro-life bills during his tenure as K.Y Senate President.”

The winner will take on pro-abortion Gov. Steve Beshear, who Beshear served four years as lieutenant governor during the 1980s in the Martha Layne Collins administration, and lost a race for governor in 1987. He has also served as the state’s attorney general.

He promised during the campaign for governor in 2007 that he would “do everything I can to make sure that women have choices,” including abortion. He said abortions should be left up to women and that state government should not have any input on whether abortions are legal or if any limits should be put in place. Beshear opposes abortions after the first trimester, but believes abortions before then are okay.

A March poll found Beshear leading Williams 48-35 percent.