May 20: A Great Night for Pro-Life Candidates!

 

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

On May 13, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and National Right to Life and leaders of several other pro-life organizations, to call on Senate Democratic leaders to allow a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1670), a bill that would prohibit abortions on babies who are capable of feeling excruciating pain during their abortions.

On May 13, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and National Right to Life and leaders of several other pro-life organizations, to call on Senate Democratic leaders to allow a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1670), a bill that would prohibit abortions on babies who are capable of feeling excruciating pain during their abortions.

The May 20, primary election night was a great evening for babies and for pro-life candidates! Not so great for candidates supported by the pro-abortion PAC, EMILY’s List.

Six states held their primaries: Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. Following are highlights from some of the results.

Georgia

In a seven-way Republican primary, pro-lifers David Perdue and Congressman Jack Kingston advanced to a July 22 runoff to determine which GOPer will compete for the seat to be vacated by pro-life Senator Saxby Chambliss, who declined to run for another term. Pro-abortion Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn, won the Democratic nomination.

Idaho

Republican incumbents in Idaho – pro-life Senator Jim Risch, pro-life Governor Butch Otter, pro-life Congressman Mike Simpson (R) and Congressman Raul Labrador – fended off primary challengers. Their general election races are considered “safe” by political pundits.

Kentucky

National Right to Life-endorsed Senator Mitch McConnell (R) easily won his primary. In November he faces pro-abortion challenger Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).

There is a stark contrast between the long pro-life record of Senator McConnell and the radical pro-abortion position of Grimes. Ms. Grimes supports the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision, which gave America abortion on demand for any reason and has cost the lives of more than 56 million unborn children.

Grimes even admitted she opposes banning abortions after the point at which the unborn child can feel pain.

On May 13, McConnell, who is the Senate minority leader, joined with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), National Right to Life, and leaders of several other pro-life organizations, to call on Senate Democratic leaders to allow a Senate vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1670). This legislation, of which Graham is prime sponsor, is based on National Right to Life model legislation that would prohibit abortions on babies after 20 weeks fetal age, at a stage at which they are capable of feeling excruciating pain during their abortions.

However, Senate Democratic leaders have refused to allow a vote on the legislation.

National Right to Life Federal Legislative Director Douglas Johnson said, “Mitch McConnell is the single greatest obstacle in the U.S. Senate to the relentless efforts of an avidly pro-abortion President, backed by powerful liberal elites from Hollywood to New York City, to radically expand the power of federal bureaucrats, pack the U.S. Supreme Court with robed social engineers, and strip away protections from unborn children and from the medically vulnerable.”

In a letter to Sen. McConnell, National Right to Life leaders said, “Those who care first about innocent human life recognize that your continued leadership in the U.S. Senate is irreplaceable.”

Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, the radical pro-abortion group, EMILY’s List, suffered stunning defeats of three of their star candidates: Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former Rep. Marjorie Margolies, and Shaughnessy Naughton. EMILY’s List only supports pro-abortion Democratic candidates who support abortion for any reason, and who support using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion on demand.

Schwartz, once considered the clear front-runner in the gubernatorial race, lost her primary bid,winning just 17.6% of the vote. Pro-life Republican Governor Tom Corbett will now face pro-abortion Democratic challenger Tom Wolf in November.

In Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district, Marjolies, was soundly defeated by state Rep. Brendan Boyle. Boyle had also been beaten up by other pro-abortion groups over several votes he cast in the state legislature after the atrocious clinic conditions at abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society came to light during Gosnell’s murder trial.

Kevin Strouse defeated pro-abortion Shaughnessy Naughton in Pennsylvania’s most hotly contested race to win the Democratic nomination in the 8th congressional district. Strouse will challenge pro-life Republican Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick in November.

Congressional primaries will be held June 3, 2014, in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota.

Look for election updates in future National Right to Life News and National Right to Life News Today.