Top Emily’s List Candidate Running Away From Abortion on the Campaign Trail

State   |   Rebecca Downs   |   Jul 22, 2014   |   12:18PM   |   Tallahassee, FL

The pro-choice candidate, Gwen Graham, looking to capture Rep. Steve Southerland’s seat in Florida, has been bizarrely silent when it comes to her views on abortion. Graham is an EMILY’s List endorsed candidate, and even her candidates page for the organization is sorely lacking when it comes to an in-depth explanation of her views. Rather, the page spends more time criticizing her opponent, Southerland, whom is billed as “[a] Tea Party extremist incumbent with an egregious record on choice.”

Fortunately, for those who wish to have some more insight into Graham’s real position when it comes to abortion, Breitbart has a piece explaining how Gwen Graham hopes to “emulate” her father, former Senator Bob Graham. There is also a link provided to a piece from Shark Tank.  Upon first glance, that she wishes to “emulate” her father may not garner a harsh reaction. And that Gwen Graham calls herself a moderate, as pointed out by Breitbart, gives away even less.

gwengrahamNow Breitbart explains just what it means for Gwen to want to “emulate” her father, and it’s pretty bad. If this emulating has anything to do with his stance on abortion, it means Gwen would be in support of partial-birth abortion, as well as against any anti-abortion legislation. It would seem ironic then that EMILY’s List would be calling Southerland the “extremist” then. Though again, their page on Graham conveniently leaves out any mention of her father’s support for partial-birth abortion.

Now EMILY’s List does support partial-birth abortion, and not only that, but as Shark Tank points out, had even pulled their endorsement for Senator Blanche Lincoln after she voted in favor of banning the procedure. Again, who is the extreme one here?

Breitbart closes their piece by mentioning that:

Again, if Graham beats incumbent Congressman Steve Southerland (D), should we expect Graham show her true colors on abortion? Probably.

Graham is not the only pro-choice woman running for election or reelection, who is refraining from campaigning on the abortion issue.

There are several  other Emily’s List supported candidates veering away from the issue, including NC Senator Kay hagan, as well as Democrats Michelle Nunn of Georgia, Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky and Natalie Tennant of West Virginia.

The candidacy of Gwen Graham is problematic, for several reasons. The most obvious one is that as a member of Congress she would vote against just about any pro-life legislation. Unfortunately, this does stand to follow that one would vote in such a way when she is emulating one who opposed and voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion, which even the American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, which supports abortion, admitted that in no circumstances the kind of procedure used for partial-birth abortion was the “…only option to save the life or preserve the health of the woman.” Support for the 2007 U.S. Supreme Court case of Gonzales v. Carhart, which upheld the ban on partial-birth abortion, had a majority of support from those who understood the decision. If this was not what Gwen Graham wishes to emulate, shouldn’t she be making that abundantly clear.

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The problem Gwen Graham has with partial-birth abortion is not just that she supports it, though that is the most obvious issue. It is that she, and her page on EMILY’s List, are being deceptive about it. It is perhaps no coincidence that she and the abortion promoting organization wish to detract attention from her views and instead focus on her opponent. Similarly to Gwen Graham having no excuse for making it clear as to what it is exactly she hopes to “emulate,” if EMILY’s List is not ashamed of their views, they should be discussing them rather than those of their opponents.

>And it truly is a shameful deceit to voters, not just to pro-lifers, but to those who are pro-choice but who are rational enough to be against partial-birth or late-term abortion. To once again reference the point made towards the end of Breitbart’s point, it is likely that Graham will “show her true colors on abortion…” when she is actually in office. It is not only deceitful, but it is no way to run a legitimate campaign.