The race to be the Republican candidate for governor of Georgia is getting heated, and the primary is becoming more and more focused on reproductive health issues as a way to discern between the two otherwise mostly indistinguishable candidates, Karen Handel and Nathan Deal. Now the competition is who is the most anti-choice, and voters are watching a fierce battle ensue.
From the Examiner:
The rather ugly discussion focused a lot on social issues, especially abortion. Handel has been attacked by the Georgia Right to Life (GRL) organization for supporting restrictions to her pro-life stance, such as when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, and if it endangers the life of the mother.
GRL attacked Handel personally when, while commenting on Handel’s abortion views, they suggested infertile women are “barren and desperate;” Handel has been outspoken about her struggle to get pregnant.
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Deal himself has criticized Handel, naming issues such as abortion and support of a gay group Log Cabin Republicans as examples of Handel’s lack of conservative values.
The conversation about who’s a “true” conservative took quite a bit of time during the 30- minute debate. Handel called herself a “lifelong, conservative Republican,” an obvious hint about Deal who became Republican after his first party of choice, Democrats, lost power in U.S. Congress in 1994.
But there is such a thing as too much focus on abortion issues, and some voters are getting so annoyed they are thinking about not voting all together, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Contrary to popular belief, Karen Handel and Nathan Deal actually have discussed more than just abortion in their runoff campaign for the GOP nomination for governor.
But, for some voters, it’s still too much.
“The state has 10 percent unemployment and the worst budget crisis ever, and they want to fight over things that happened in the ’90s,” said James Williams, 42, of DeKalb County, who said he supported Handel in the primary. “It makes me angry enough to skip voting for the first time in my life.”
Theresa Matt, 66, of Athens is strongly against abortion, but she wants to hear the candidates discuss jobs, water and Jekyll Island. A retired attorney who said social issues are “real important to me,” she voted for Sen. Jeff Chapman (R-Brunswick) in the primary, and if the runoff vote comes down to abortion, she’s not impressed with either Deal or Handel.
“I don’t really trust either one of them,” she said.
It seems like the “who’s the most anti-abortion” game really only goes so far, though, as neither candidate appears to have showed support for the recent “Pro-Life Freedom Ride,” who’s inagural trip recently terminated in Atlanta and was attended by leaders of Georgia Right to Life. However, their intended prayer vigil at the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not to be, according to Lifenews, who reports they were turned away.
After the protest, which went unchallenged except for three pro-abort bike riders who peddled by, the Priests for Life team and the pro-life and civil rights leaders boarded the Freedom Bus and headed to Atlanta, followed by a caravan of some 50 cars and vans. When it became clear en route that they would not be able to assemble at the King, Father Pavone told a King Center employee, “There’s a lot of people here from all over the country and we’re on our way there, so get ready for us.”
Looks like a lot of Atlanta is getting tired of anti-abortion talk.
Mini Roundup: Fertilized eggs are slaves? Well, that’s what the Colorado Personhood Initiative sponsors are going to claim. Folks, get ready to meet “George Stevens,” a fictitious slave who is prepared to claim a moral equivilancy between using the pill and owning human property.
June 26, 2010
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Early abortion may be allowed – JoongAng Daily
NARAL backs DiNapoli » – New York Daily News
First GOP gubernatorial debate takes some ugly turns – Examiner.com
Bench Memos – National Review Online
Is the Roberts court too conservative? – The Week Magazine
Palin’s Progress – Huffington Post
Handel, Deal focus on abortion; voters want to hear about jobs – Atlanta Journal Constitution
Abortion initiative radio, web ads run afoul of APOC – Alaska Dispatch
DiNapoli Gets NARAL, Declines to Comment on Indy Party – New York Observer
Why would you want more abortion on TV? – ProLife Blogs
Obama: A Feminist Scorecard – Huffington Post
Gov. Chris Christie Vetoes Health Care, Tax-breaks – The State Column
Permanent Birth Control – WDEF News 12
Jayne Dowle:Teenage mothers are turning the clock back – Yorkshire Post
Get Permanent Birth Control Without The Operation – cbs4denver.com
Cash payments lower HIV and STD rates – Sovo.com
Vaccine hopes can’t mask the extent of Russia’s AIDS crisis – The Moscow News
Pregnant teens shun HIV treatment for fear of stigmatization – Myjoyonline.com
International AIDS conference ‘a disappointment’ – Charities Aid Foundation
AU Leaders Summit Kicks Off, Focus On Maternal And Child Health – Kaiser Family Foundation
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June 27, 2010
Backers of ‘personhood’ measure regroup – Boston Globe
Measure 2 could put girls’ lives at risk – Anchorage Daily News
Big Abortion Isn’t Having the Recession They Hoped For – National Catholic Register
Are fetuses like slaves? – Denver Daily News
Schools must get permission from parents to teach sex ed – Arizona Daily Star
Abortion provision looms for Dems – Politico
Family planning push for nations – BBC News
Bense, Scott meet in the cover of night – Palm Beach Post
Family planning saves us millions – HeraldNet
Teen births rise in Wyoming – Casper Star-Tribune Online
Family planning push for nations – BBC News
More women than men have HIV/AIDS in PNG – Radio Australia
Kerry Continues Push to End Ban on Gay Men Giving Blood – Las Vegas TSG
UN chief calls 2010 a turning point for women’s health – TwoCircles.net
How Nebraska ranks – Lincoln Journal Star