Upcoming battle in NY’s 27th Congressional District illustrates importance of special elections

By Karen Cross, NRL Political Director

In May, the pro-life movement scored two special election victories with Mike Garcia in California’s 25th District and Tom Tiffany in Wisconsin’s 7th District. Now there is a chance for a 3rd pro-life win with Chris Jacobs’ candidacy in New York’s 27th District. Underscoring the importance of these special elections, Garcia and Tiffany signed the discharge petition for the Born-Alive Infant Survivors Protection Act moments after being sworn into office.

Chris Jacobs, currently serving as a state senator, voted against New York’s extreme Reproductive Health Act. Ultimately signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the legislation expanded legal abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, allows individuals besides licensed physicians to perform abortions, and abolished protections for abortion survivors.

By contrast, Jacobs’ opponent, Democrat Nate McMurray, tweeted, “Abortion is a routine part of reproductive health care.” (Feb. 13, 2019) In his previous campaign for the seat, McMurray said, “I support all women’s right to access the full spectrum of reproductive healthcare options.” (The translation of that convoluted phrasing: “abortion.”)

Chris Jacobs is endorsed by National Right to Life in the special election. Chris Jacobs is a strong advocate for life and this endorsement reflects his commitment to strengthening a culture of life throughout the nation and in the U.S. Congress.

Jacobs responded, “I am honored to be the only candidate in NY-27 to receive the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee and I am proud of the strong conservative record I have built to earn it. While radical Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, and her friend Nate McMurray, support desecration of family values and expansion of abortion-on-demand, I will continue to be the candidate who has vowed to protect life and our conservative values.” 

Added Anne LeBlanc, chairman of the New York State Right to Life Committee, “Amid all the concern for protecting people’s lives in this coronavirus crisis, it’s too bad that Nate McMurray considers it okay to kill unborn children as just ‘a routine part of reproductive health care.’” 

New York’s 27th District includes all of Genesee, Orleans, Livingston and, Wyoming counties, and parts of Erie, Monroe, Niagara, and Ontario counties. This includes suburban areas around Buffalo and Rochester. If you live in the district, please plan to vote on the rescheduled date: June 23rd. (Or please pass this information along to pro-life friends and family in the area.) Due to the current pandemic, additional opportunities for absentee voting are available.