Pro-Life Advocate Karen Handel Who Took on Planned Parenthood Wins Congressional Election

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 21, 2017   |   9:16AM   |   Washington, DC

The woman who took on Planned Parenthood and tried to stop the Komen Breast Cancer organization from funding the abortion business won a special congressional election last night.

Karen Handel was in charge of Komen at the time it decided to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion company. She later quit when the organization’s board quickly reversed her decision after Planned Parenthood and the mainstream media heaped significant scorn on the organization.

Now Handel will take her pro-life use to Congress and continue fighting the nation’s largest abortion business.

Today, pro-life advocates are congratulating Handel for her solid win against pro-abortion Democrat Jon Ossoff in the highly publicized special election for Tom Price’s seat in Georgia. The election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district was touted by many to be a bellwether race for the 2018 elections.

“Jon Ossoff supported abortion on demand and lost,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. “Karen Handel’s position on life reflects the true values of Georgia’s voters. Karen Handel is pro-life and opposes using tax dollars to pay for abortions. She will help us continue to pass pro-life laws and save babies’ lives.”

The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List also helped Handel andits president celebrated her victory over Planned Parenthood-backed Democrat Jon Ossoff.

“We congratulate pro-life champion Karen Handel on her historic victory tonight. Although America’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, spent six figures in support of her opponent Jon Ossoff, Karen’s record of courageous leadership won the day,” said SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser. “In the weeks before the election, SBA List contacted tens of thousands of inconsistent voters in Georgia’s sixth district to impress upon them the importance of this race. We are encouraged that the voters rejected Ossoff’s extreme pro-abortion agenda and are sending Karen Handel to Washington to stand up for women and children and get taxpayers out of the abortion business.”

Today’s win in Georgia marks the fifth of five 2017 elections in which the pro-life candidate endorsed by National Right to Life won. Elections in Kansas’ fourth congressional district, Omaha’s mayoral election, Montana’s at-large special election, and South Carolina’s fifth congressional district earlier tonight in which pro-life Republican Ralph Norman defeated pro-abortion Democrat Archie Parnell were clear-cut pro-life/pro-abortion contests.

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In each of these five elections the Republican was pro-life and opposed using tax dollars to pay for abortion, while the Democrat candidate supported unlimited abortion, and supported using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion on demand. In each of these races, National Right to Life Victory Fund informed pro-life voters about the stark contrast between the candidates on life.

This points out the problem Democrats have that will continue to cause them to lose elections across the nation.

In April, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez decided that the DNC would only support candidates who support an extreme abortion agenda calling for unrestricted abortion for any reason – including late abortions after 20 weeks and taxpayer funding of abortion. In many areas of the country, Democratic candidates must have pro-life votes in order to win, however they also must appease the pro-abortion masters of the Democratic Party, including Planned Parenthood, NARAL and EMILY’s List.

The National Right to Life Victory Fund contacted thousands of identified pro-life voters in Georgia by mail, phone, and through social media with information about the differences between pro-life Republican Karen Handel and pro-abortion Democrat Jon Ossoff. Despite nearly $60 million spent in the most expensive congressional race in history, Handel prevailed 53% to 47%.

“The pro-abortion side cannot match the infrastructure and grassroots base of National Right to Life and its 3,000 chapters and state affiliates, which can respond quickly anywhere in the country,” Tobias added. “With this latest pro-abortion litmus test for Democratic candidates, the Democratic Party will continue to lose elections.”

Prior to Election Day, SBA List contacted 65,000 inconsistent voters who are pro-life through mail, phone calls, and digital advertising. The digital ad campaign presented voters with an ad created by Georgia Life Alliance Action. Ahead of the primary, SBA List also contacted more than 25,000 voters in the district with three pieces of hard-hitting voter contact mail.

Handel was Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Sonny Perdue before being elected as Georgia’s first female Secretary of State in 2006. She is the former Vice President of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the author of the book Planned Bullyhood: The Truth Behind the Headlines about the Planned Parenthood Funding Battle with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Handel resigned from her position as Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy after the organization reversed its decision to end grants to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion provider and does not provide mammograms.