“Democrats for Life” Endorses Donnelly After Mourdock Rape Comment

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 24, 2012   |   3:08PM   |   Indianapolis, IN

After Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock became the subject of national attention for his comments about why he opposes abortion in cases of rape, “Democrats for Life of America” issued an endorsement for his opponent.

Democrats for Life, which has already come under fire for endorsing a pro-abortion Senate candidate in Virginia, is now backing Joe Donnelly, a Democrat who is opposed by pro-life groups because he voted for Obamacare, which includes abortion funding. Pro-life groups are standing behind Mourdock.

The statement DFLA emailed to LifeNews reads:

“Recent controversy about abortion and rape in this year’s campaign show how crucial it is to recognize both that every child is a child of God, and that women facing crisis or unplanned pregnancies need vital social support.

Only one candidate in the Indiana senate race recognizes that fact: Joe Donnelly.

U.S. Senate candidate Joe Donnelly has consistently shown compassion for women through his whole-life votes that provide support women during their pregnancies and support new parents with young children.

Joe Donnelly’s record shows that he is the true pro-life, pro-women, pro-family candidate in this race.”



The endorsement comes as the Susan B. Anthony List announced the launch of a combined $90,000 television ad and mail campaign to educate voters on Donnelly. The new ad specifically exposes Donnelly’s record of voting for taxpayer funding of abortion by supporting Obamacare. The weeklong $40,000 TV ad buy began yesterday.

“In 2010, Joe Donnelly was one of the so-called ‘pro-life’ Democrats who chose party over principle and betrayed unborn children and pro-life taxpayers by voting for Obamacare, the largest expansion of abortion on-demand since Roe,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

Dannenfelser told LifeNews: “There is no statute of limitation on the consequences of that vote. It’s time to send Joe Donnelly home – not to higher office. Indiana women and families deserve better – they deserve the principled leadership of Richard Mourdock in the U.S. Senate. Mourdock has pledged to get taxpayers out of the abortion business by repealing Obamacare and will be a voice for life in the U.S. Senate.”