Which candidates are pro-life?

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April 26, 2004
Tomorrow is election day in Pennsylvania. The Republican primary showcases a hotly contested race between the incumbent U.S. Senator, Arlen Specter, and challenger Pat Toomey, a U.S. Representative from PA's 15th District.

Arlen Specter is ardently pro-abortion. If he wins re-election he, the man whose 1987 vote destroyed Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court, will likely become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The very idea curdles the blood of pro-lifers, not only in Pennsylvania, but also across America.

Rep. Pat Toomey is a relative newcomer to recognition of the rights of the unborn baby. When first elected to Congress, his position could only be described as "pro-abortion-choice." He attributes his current view, that is — opposition to abortion except for babies conceived through rape or incest or when the life of the mother is in danger — to an evolution in thought brought about by many factors, not the least of which is the birth of his own children.

Media reports say that Toomey is polling only 5 percentage points behind Specter.

The closeness of the race has brought out the Republican establishment in force to stump for Senator Specter. Fellow Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has unabashedly voiced his support for the incumbent, never mind his pro-abortion advocacy. President Bush went to Pennsylvania last week to campaign for Specter and reportedly helped him raise $400,000 at a Pittsburgh fund raising event.

Pennsylvania pro-lifers want Specter defeated. That would be a good thing. Should he win on Tuesday, we hope and pray that Pat Toomey, who, we are told by our friends in Pennsylvania, appears to be a "work in progress," will be open to further discussion on the myriad of life issues, so that ultimately he can be counted on to be a truly pro-life advocate without exception who will assist in undoing much of the damage that has been done by RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) like Senator Specter and his pro-abortion colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Pushing the envelope still further on the inhumane treatment of embryonic babies, "more than a million California residents have signed a petition to place a $3 billion bond measure on the ballot this fall that would fund embryonic stem cell research. Despite the state's cash-strapped status, some Californians want the state's taxpayers to fund a new stem cell research institute at the University of California, making California the first state to fund embryonic stem cell research in this way." (Family Research Council, Washington Update, 4/21/04)

As usual, when terrible ideas like this end up on the ballot, liberal and anti-life groups raise tons of money to promote their agenda, while pro-life, decent people who respect life as a gift from God, fight back with limited resources. There is no question that the Powers of Darkness are active in this fight. We beseech pro-life Californians to work and pray equally hard against this ballot measure.

Senator John Kerry says he's both a Catholic and pro-abortion. He's not only pro-abortion, he's enthusiastically pro-abortion, as evidenced by his appearance last week at a rally for pro-abortion groups involved in the "March for Women's Lives." The Vatican has rained on his parade by issuing a statement entitled "Redemptionis Sacramentum: On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist." The document stipulates that a Catholic politician who unambiguously supports abortion should be denied communion. More on this subject in the next edition of FaxNotes.

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