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May 6, 2005|
Why "pro-life" Voting Records are Not Enough |
If you were to read the accompanying article from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram without knowing Senator Kay Bailey Hutchisonís stance on the life issues, you would have the impression that she is pro-life and, if you happen to live in Texas, you might think she is someone you could support for Governor should she seek that position in 2006.
On both counts you would be wrong.
While she has voted for legislation that regulates or restricts the practice of abortion, and those votes show up on the National Right to Life Committee and Christian Coalition scorecards, she is by no means pro-life. To be pro-life is to respect innocent human life at every stage of development and to sponsor and support legislation that would once again extend legal protection to human beings from fertilization to natural death.
Senator Hutchison has said more than once that she supports legal abortion until viability.
When the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was voted on in the Senate in 2003, a bill that was supported by abortion advocates like Senator Arlen Specter simply because they didnít want to appear to be inhumane, Hutchison voted for it. However, she also voted for an Amendment that pro-abortion Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) attempted to attach to the PBA Ban, which endorsed the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision and urged that it not be overturned.
Senator Hutchison is a strong and active proponent of stem cell research that involves the killing of human embryos, a position consistent with her justification of abortion until viability.
Senator Hutchison is on record in support of removing the pro-life plank from the Republican National Platform. She has served on the Advisory Board of the WISH List (Women in the Senate and House) Political Action Committee, which contributes to pro-abortion female Republican candidates for Congress. The WISH List contributed $34,500 to Hutchisonís first Senate campaign.
We find it very interesting that Senator Hutchisonís name has been removed from their Advisory Board list as well as from the list of candidates they intend to support in 2006. It appears obvious that her pro-abortion connections and views will be a liability to her potential challenge to Governor Rick Perry in the 2006 Republican Primary and her WISH List collaborators are trying to help her clean up her image by removing her name from their lists.
Voting records often do not reflect a politicianís philosophy. Until we have a vote on whether or not innocent human beings, from conception until natural death, should be protected under the law it is incumbent on every pro-life voter to ask the candidates where they stand rather than rely on voting records that donít tell the whole story.
By John Moritz
AUSTIN - A national organization that promotes Republicans who support abortion rights removed U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's name Wednesday from its list of advisory board members and from the list of candidates it will endorse in next year's elections.
Hutchison's office said the senator did not request that her name be removed. But Gov. Rick Perry's campaign, which views Texas' senior senator as a potential rival in next year's GOP gubernatorial primary, suggested that Hutchison was trying to camouflage her position on one of the hot-button issues among Republican activists.
"It looks like she's trying to hide from her record," said Luis Saenz, a spokesman for the Perry campaign. "Governor Perry is very proud of his record when it comes to issues dealing with the unborn."
The national organization, called The Wish List, would not say why Hutchison's name was removed.
Hutchison has consistently supported abortion rights, sometimes putting her at odds with social conservatives, who have a strong influence in Republican primaries.
Terry Sullivan, Hutchison's campaign manager in Austin, said the senator has enjoyed strong support from GOP voters and has made no efforts to conceal her views on abortion.
"She has a 100 percent positive voting record from the Christian Coalition and a 97 percent voting record from the National Right to Life Coalition," Sullivan said.
Perry is expected to seek his second full term as governor next year. Hutchison has said she will decide after the legislative session ends May 30 whether to seek a third term in Washington or to run for governor.
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