Larry Elder, the Republican front-runner in the California gubernatorial election recall, has the abortion industry scared.
Kaiser Health News reports Elder, a popular conservative radio host, hopes to replace pro-abortion Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is facing potential recall on Sept. 14.
Elder believes killing unborn babies in abortions is “murder” and Roe v. Wade is “one of the worst decisions that the Supreme Court ever handed down.”
“I believe abortion is murder,” he told the Los Angeles Times in July.
In the polls, Elder has a wide lead against all the candidates who hope to replace Newsom. A new poll by Change Research found that Elder is ahead of all other Republican and Democrat candidates by at least 20 points.
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Apathy from voters on the left coupled with conservative and moderate voters’ motivation to oust Newsom have many leftist and Democrat activists worried.
Many Californians across the political spectrum are angry with Newsom for his oppressive COVID-19 orders, which he was caught breaking, and his mismanagement of other crises in the state, including crime, homelessness, wildfires and drought.
Though abortion has not been a central issue in the recall election, the pro-abortion movement is trying to make it one – hoping their trumped up fears about the possibility of a pro-life governor will motivate voters.
“There’s no question that if a Republican is elected, access to abortion in California will be restricted,” said Jodi Hicks, president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, in July.
But even the left-leaning Kaiser Health News suggested that the pro-abortion movement is just fearmongering. It quoted Republican political strategist Rob Stutzman who described the pro-abortion movement’s fears as “more about firing up left-leaning voters” than about what likely would happen.
Because California laws and the state legislature are so strongly pro-abortion, a pro-life governor would be limited in their ability to protect unborn babies from abortion. However, they could make an impact for life by vetoing pro-abortion bills, establishing pro-life state policies and limiting taxpayer funding for elective abortions in the state Medi-Cal program, according to the report.
The governor also potentially could shift the power of the narrowly Democrat-held U.S. Senate – a huge worry for the pro-abortion movement.
“The reality is if we have a Republican in the governor’s mansion and something, God forbid, were to happen to our sitting state senator, Dianne Feinstein, [who is 88] and we were to have a governor then appoint that position, it could be Georgia who helped us win the U.S. Senate and California somehow that helps us lose the U.S. Senate,” Shannon Olivieri Hovis, leader of NARAL Pro Choice California, told Politico earlier this month.
Newsom is a close ally of the abortion industry. During his first year as governor, he doubled state taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups, FOX 40 reports.
He also signed a law forcing public colleges to provide abortions for free on campus – something even his pro-abortion predecessor Gov. Jerry Brown thought was too radical.
And when other states began passing a record number of pro-life laws to protect unborn babies, Newsom issued a proclamation welcoming women to come to California for abortions.
The recall election is Sept. 14, but California is mailing ballots to voters early. On the ballot, voters will be asked two questions: first, if Newsom should be recalled, and, second, who should replace him.