This article first appeared online at Human Events on November 4, 2011.
Pro-life PAC Targets Virginia State Senate Races
by Jen Veldhuyzen
Old Dominion State senate races took the national stage Nov. 2 when a powerful anti-abortion political action committee launched an all-out assault on entrenched seven-term state Sen. Edd R. Houck (D.-17).
“Sen. Houck has a 100% pro-abortion voting record, jeopardizing the health of women and teens,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a Washington-based PAC, which normally restricts its endorsements to national candidates.
“As chairman of the Education and Health Committee, Sen. Houck has consistently prevented pro-life legislation from even reaching the floor for debate,” she said.
Houck is part of a slight majority of pro-abortion senators who have repeatedly crippled Virginia’s anti-abortion house and governor when it comes to pro-life legislation, she said.
“Defeating just two pro-abortion incumbents will change the senate and save thousands of unborn children,” she said.
Virginia’s strategic location near the nation’s capital makes these state senate races important, she said.
“Virginia is important because many think Virginia will decide the 2012 election,” said Tony Lee, HUMAN EVENTS political columnist.
“In local state elections, the abortion issue matters because you want to maximize the turnout. People aren’t usually interested in these elections, so any issue that can galvanize people to the polls is effective,” he said.
Dannenfelser said the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List has committed $25,000 against Houck’s reelection, including a combined radio, TV and mail campaign.
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