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Aug. 4, 2006
Whitman’s PAC Endorses in August 8 Primaries 
Christine Todd Whitman, the former Governor of New Jersey, long ago assumed the leadership of the liberal, pro-abortion wing of the Republican Party.

She recently formed a political action committee named It’s My Party Too (IMP-PAC). On Wednesday, August 2, IMP-PAC announced its endorsement for two congressional candidates in upcoming August 8th Republican Primaries.

In Michigan’s 7th District, the pro-abortion PAC endorsed incumbent Representative Joe Schwarz, who political analyst Bob Novak describes as winning election in “a classic case of conservatives splitting the vote and letting a moderate win.” (Evans-Novak Political Report, 8/2/06). This time, Mr. Schwarz has run up against an opponent named Tim Walberg, a pro-life conservative, backed by the Club for Growth and the Republican National Coalition for Life PAC. Polling numbers indicate a Walberg victory is in the offing.

In Colorado’s District 5 where former State Senator and pro-life leader Doug Lamborn, who is endorsed by RNC/Life PAC, is currently leading, It's My Party Too has endorsed John Anderson.

Whitman’s PAC, which supports pro-abortion candidates who are Republican, has announced its partnership with the National Republican Senatorial Committee headed by Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), the homosexual group known as Log Cabin Republicans, Planned Parenthood Republicans for Choice, the Main Street Coalition, Republicans for Choice, organized in 1990 to attempt to remove the pro-life plank from the Republican Party Platform, Republican Governor’s Association, The WISH List (Women in the Senate and House), a group that supports pro-abortion Republican women candidates for Congress, and the Republican Majority for Choice, among others.

It’s My Party Too and its partners have combined financial resources amounting to tens of millions of dollars to be expended on the campaigns of congressional candidates who staunchly support Roe v. Wade and our nation’s current public policy of legal abortion until the moment of birth.

If you live in Michigan or Colorado and have the opportunity to vote in either of the races mentioned above, please make every effort to vote for the pro-life candidate so that once again, we can show the world that right does make might!

RNC/Life PAC would appreciate your most generous contributions so that we can continue to support pro-life candidates who intend to work hard to move our agenda forward in the next congressional session.

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Thumbs Down on Confirmation of FDA Commissioner — Family Research Council (FRC) in a letter to Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) announced its opposition to the confirmation of Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The letter, authored by FRC’s Vice President for Government Affairs Tom McClusky, pointed out Dr. von Eschenbach’s apparent lack of concern for women’s health based on his actions prior to and during his tenure as acting FDA Commissioner.

Dr. von Eschenbach has not conducted an investigation of the irregularities surrounding the original FDA approval of RU-486 nor does the agency appear to be concerned about the serious threat to women’s health posed by the abortifacient drug.

With regard to the contraceptive/abortion causing drug known as the “morning after” pill or Plan B, Mr. McClusky said further, “This week’s news reports indicate the FDA, under Dr. von Eschenbach, is once again ignoring concern for women’s health and preparing to allow adult women to buy the emergency contraceptive Plan B over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription while also trying to continue Plan B as a prescription for girls under the age of 18. Plan B’s availability through this novel arrangement raises a host of legal issues, social and behavioral challenges, and questions of federalism. There is no precedent for the granting of dual status approval for the same drug to different age groups. Though Dr. von Eschenbach disagrees, the truth is the FDA doesn’t have the legal authority to grant dual status approval. Also, the FDA does not have the enforcement authority to ensure that store clerks are checking age ID for dual status drugs. Given the FDA’s track record with RU-486, it is difficult to see how they will enforce a strict distribution agreement with Plan B.” (Family Research Council News Release, 8/1/06)

Dr. von Eschenbach, described by the Washington Post (8/3/06) as having a “resume which includes a long and successful career at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and four years as director of the National Cancer Institute,” was appointed by President Bush as acting FDA Commissioner and is currently going through confirmation hearings in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The day before the hearings began, the FDA announced, after a protracted delay caused by strong opposition from pro-life/pro-family citizens, that an effort is underway to make Plan B available over-the-counter without a prescription, giving rise to speculation that Dr. von Eschenbach’s decision had more to do with politics than with the health and well-being of women and girls.

The Republican National Coalition for Life joins Family Research Council in opposing Dr. von Eschenbach’s confirmation as FDA Commissioner. While the vote is not expected to take place until September, some expect that President Bush will use a recess appointment to give him the job.

Please contact your Senators to ask for a NO vote on Dr. von Eschenbach’s confirmation. You may call their district offices or reach them through the CAPITOL SWITCHBOARD - 202/224-3121.

Also, please call the White House Comment Line at 202/456-1111 to say NO to over-the-counter sale of Plan B. You may send an e-mail message to [email protected].

Bush Exercises First Veto on ESCR Expansion Bill 
President Bush is to be commended for his veto of the Embryonic Stem Cell Research bill that would have expanded federal funding for experiments on human embryos and forced the taxpayers to fund the killing of more IVF embryos which is currently prohibited under the Bush policy. The bill, which previously passed in the House, passed the Senate by a vote of 63-47. It is a tragedy, however, that research on human embryos is perfectly legal as long as private money pays for it. It should be against the law. Human embryos are human subjects deserving of respect and protection. Remember, we are all former embryos.

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