The more summer rolls on, the closer we get to the 2010 election. So, how about a roundup of a few endorsements from across the country?
In Missouri, Missourians United for Life (MUFL) is doing a dual endorsement for the 7th Congressional district, according to News-Leader.com. The candidates, both extremely anti-choice, are nearly interchangeable.
Two GOP candidates for the 7th District Congressional race have received endorsements from Missourians United for Life, according to the group’s website.
The group is opposed to abortion, embryonic stem cell research and euthanasia, says its website.
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MUFL says state Senators Jack Goodman and Gary Nodler have both “served with distinction,” a designation for candidates who have held public office, sponsored or co-sponsored “pro-life” legislation and who have developed the kind of voting record Missourians United for Life supports, said Bob Onder, the physician who leads the group.
“Both we regard as having a 100 percent pro-life voting record,” said Onder.
How heated was the battle to get the endorsement? MUFL says they may endorse more candidates for the race, but that “as of Wednesday only Nodler and Goodman had returned candidate surveys.”
In Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District, reproductive groups are steadily choosing sides in the race, according to Fox News, Wisconsin. However, most of the candidates really would rather focus on some different issues.
State Sen. Julie Lassa, the only Democrat in the race, has been endorsed by EMILY’s List, a fundraising organization dedicated to — in its words — electing pro-choice Democratic women. But Lassa says she would rather focus on what the voters are focusing on, the economy. While she appreciates the endorsements she’s received, it’s the endorsement of voters she’s look for.
“People are focused on pocketbook issues…not social issues..but the economy,” says Lassa.
On the Republican side, both candidates, former Ashland County District Attorney Sean Duffy and organic farmer Dan Mielke, are opposed to abortion.
Duffy has received the coveted endorsement of Wisconsin Right to Life. But he too would rather talk about the economy. Duffy is proud of the Wisconsin Right to Life endorsement, but he says people are losing their jobs, companies are moving out of central Wisconsin, and the real focus is how do we jumpstart this economy.”
Duffy’s Republican opponent, Dan Mielke, said in a statement that he was shocked and hurt that he was not endorsed by Wisconsin Right to Life.
Reproductive health groups in Michigan are supporting a challenger to Andy Dillon’s Democratic gubernatorial run. From the Detroit Free Press:
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero has won the endorsement of two groups that support abortion rights.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and the Michigan National Organization for Women said today they’re backing Bernero in the governor’s race.
The Lansing mayor is running against House Speaker Andy Dillon for the Democratic nomination. Dillon opposes abortion.
The groups say in a news release that Bernero will protect “a woman’s right to choose” and fight to end gender bias in the workplace.
Andy Dillon and all of the Republican candidates are anti-choice, making Bernero the only pro-choice candidate in the race.
Finally, it seems like yet again, Susan B. Anthony list is endorsing male candidates, which makes that whole “pro-life Emily’s List” thing sort of meaningless.
Mini Roundup – In the wake of news that more older men are developing STD’s, likely because of impotence drugs like Viagra, the Seattle Weekly is making a plea to “Wrap It Up, Grandpa!” But it looks like we may need to have a talk with Grandma, too, since she’s feeling pretty frisky as well.
July 7, 2010
Time to entrench Hyde Amendment – OneNewsNow
Maloney Bill: Just Another Effort by Abortion Industry to Shut Down … – Christian News Wire
Yoest Applauds Jindal, State of Louisiana – 4th State to Opt Out – Christian News Wire
Bernero gets endorsement of 2 women’s groups – Detroit Free Press
Elena Kagan’s Science Problem, and Ours – New York Times
Reynolds says abortion ‘murder,’ open to idea of civil unions for gays – Iowa Independent
Louisiana Abortion Bills Become Law – Ms. Magazine
Lack of knowledge spawned flawed insight regarding maternal health – Orangeville Banner
Crist’s veto makes statement – Central Florida Future
Groups raise abortion issue in 7th District congressional race – FOX 21 Online
Women’s movement energized at national meet – People’s World
1 party, 2 different directions in Illinois– Chicago Tribune
Kim Reynolds’ Interview on Abortion, Civil Unions a Mixed Bag – Caffeinated Thoughts
MP moves to allow abortions at 24 weeks – The Bay of Plenty Times
Boxer says Fiorina is too extreme for California – San Jose Mercury News
Sex education is a mess, so can a TV series help teenagers? – The Guardian
Zimbabwe HIV Prevalence Rate Slips to 13 Percent as Men Change Their Ways – Voice of America
Study: Men on Viagra Equals More STDs – MyFox Houston
Today in Sex: Wrap It Up, Grandpa! – Seattle Weekly
My Boyfriend’s Back – New York Times
Menopause may increase sexual desire – Times of India
July 8, 2010
Honesty on Measure 2 vital for teen girls – Anchorage Daily News
West Seattle Summer Fest to allow abortion-issue advocacy after all – West Seattle Blog
Boxer Swings Through Town – Santa Barbara Independent
Anti-abortion group backs Goodman, Nodler – News-Leader.com
Relay for Life support affected by abortion views – Farmington Daily Times
ACLU presents inaccurate image of Catholic hospitals on abortion, say experts – Catholic News Agency
Family planning and women – Jakarta Post
Glenn Beck Demonizes Margaret Sanger – News Hounds
Women’s health and status in Africa – Vancouver Sun
HIV prevention strategy to benefit sufferers – Times of India
Mozambique: HIV Prevalence Now 11.5 Percent – AllAfrica.com