Which candidates are pro-life?


August 9, 2010
More Important Primaries on Aug. 10 and 17
as GOP Seeks to Gain 40+ U.S. House Seats

Republicans need to capture at least 40 congressional seats to re-take the U.S. House and begin the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare, as well as undoing as much other Obama mischief as possible. GOP analyst Karl Rove believes that 37 seats are relatively certain to go Republican as of today, leaving at least three more to win. He warns that many races will be decided by 100 votes or fewer, and that Republicans must not become too confident: The Dems are by no means rolling over and giving up!

Thus the upcoming Primaries are very critical in positioning the best conservative, pro-life GOP candidates to take on vulnerable Democrats and upset others considered not at risk. Will you help us fund campaigns of strong pro-life candidates with a donation to our PAC? Click here to donate securely online. We want to make some surprises happen!

Colorado, Connecticut and Minnesota all have their Primary elections on Tuesday, August 10. Georgia also will hold its runoff election on that date. Then next week, Washington and Wyoming hold Primaries on Tuesday, August 17.

Nearly 100 candidates for these and other primaries have responded to our questionnaire. To see their responses and the RNC for Life endorsements which have been made so far, visit our website www.rnclife.org and click on "Which candidates are pro-life?" at the top of any page. As we receive other responses, we will post them.

We are very pleased that several of our endorsed candidates have won their primaries, including ROY BLUNT in MO for U.S. Senate, and MI Congressional incumbents MIKE ROGERS, THADDEUS MCCOTTER and challenger DONALD VOLARIC.

CD 1 in Michigan, retiring Dem. Bart Stupak's district, is the site of a real cliff-hanger. Strong pro-life candidate DR. DAN BENISHEK received 27,091 votes and his GOP opponent (who did NOT respond to our questionnaire) received 27,090 — a bare one-vote margin! Under state law, there is an automatic recount, which must be conducted within the next three weeks. Michigan's voting system uses paper ballots which are run through an electronic scanner for counting. Those scanners can sometimes read a ballot as "overvote" if there is an extra mark on it, for example if a voter rested the pen by one name but then marked another. But this paper trail can be re-counted by hand and the voter intent clearly determined to give an accurate vote total. Michigan does not have a runoff system, so the winner will be the GOP nominee to replace Stupak. Latest info from Dr. Benishek says he's picked up 13 votes so far. Stay tuned for final results!

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139 Republicans Co-Sponsor Bill to Codify Pro-Life Policies

Cong. Smith
Cong. Chris Smith
H.R. 5939, known as the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" was introduced on July 29th by Reps. CHRIS SMITH (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL). As explained in a recent E-Notes, this bill will codify a myriad of pro-life legislation, permanentizing pro-life policies which must be renewed periodically, such as the Hyde Amendment, (related to programs funded through the HHS appropriations), the Helms amendment (concerning overseas programs), the Smith FEHBP amendment (concerning coverage for federal employees), the Dornan amendment (regarding D.C. funding) and other policies governing programs such as the Peace Corps and federal prisons. The bill also codifies the conscience clause known as Hyde-Weldon.

Reps. Smith and Lipinski were joined by 155 bipartisan cosponsors which included 18 Democrats (including Lipinski) and 139 Republicans (including Smith). A joint press statement by Smith and Lipinski along with text of H.R. 5939 can be found here.

Republicans who voted for the Stupak-Pitts amendment to Obamacare but did not cosponsor H.R. 5939 are: Biggert, Bilbray, Bono Mack (CA), Calvert, Capito, Castle, Chaffetz, Dent, Dreier, Flake, Frelinghuysen, Gerlach, Hastings, Heller, Kirk, Lance, Latham, Lewis (CA), LoBiondo, Lucas, Mack (FL), Miller (FL), Nunes, Paul (TX), Petri, Putnam, Reichert, Rohrabacher, Rooney, Royce, Simpson, Walden, Young (FL), Young (AK).

ACTION: If your Congressman is listed above, urge him/her to support this bill when it comes to the floor of the House. If your Congressional Representative did co-sponsor, be sure to express your thanks.

Does Your State All Ready Have "Death Panels"?

Each quarter, we publish a four-page report with longer, more in-depth articles of concern to the pro-life community. To see our latest issue, click here. We hope you will want to receive it on a regular basis. Next issue, we'll be revealing the "death panels" all ready in place in some states. Is YOUR state one of them???? Subscribe now and find out in the next Report!

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Five Republicans Break Ranks, Help Confirm Radical Nominee Kagan

Elena Kagan
Elena Kagan
By a vote of 63 to 37, the Senate confirmed Elena Kagan, President Obama's radical and inexperienced Supreme Court nominee. Five Republicans voted with the Democrats to put Kagan on the nation's highest court: Sens. Collins and Snowe (ME), Graham (SC), Lugar (IN), and Gregg (NH). Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson of NE voted with the other Republicans not to confirm. Collins and Snowe are known as "pro-choice" Republicans, though they should have been alarmed by the other radical aspects of this nominee. But Lugar, Gregg, and Graham were thought to be pro-life. However, all are either retiring (Gregg and Lugar) or not up for election this year (Snowe, Collins and Graham). At least three county GOP organizations have approved resolutions condemning Graham for his vote on Kagan and other non-conservative votes. Let's be sure the voters remember in two years.

Had all the Republicans voted together, they, along with Nelson's vote, could have successfully filibustered this dangerous nomination. But the Dems, with the help of the Republicans In Name Only (RINOs), can invoke cloture (cut off debate) in the Senate as it's comprised today. Once again, it becomes painfully apparent that upcoming primaries are critical to put up strong, pro-life GOP candidates against liberal Democrat senators in November. We CAN have a cloture-proof Senate with 41 REAL Republican senators! Let's make it happen!

ACTION: If your Senator is among the real Republicans who voted against this confirmation, be sure to thank them. As for the five RINOs, be sure to let them know what you think of their actions, and help elect real Republican senators in November!

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