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Victory in Florida

Mar 12, 2014 | 2014 Press Releases

National Right to Life Endorsed David Jolly Defeats EMILY’s List’s Alex Sink

WASHINGTON—In what was considered a bellwether contest for the 2014 congressional elections, last night, pro-life candidate David Jolly defeated pro-abortion Alex Sink, 48%-46%, in a special election to succeed the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th congressional district. National Right to Life endorsed Mr. Jolly.

The National Right to Life Victory Fund informed thousands of voters in the district that David Jolly was the pro-life candidate in the race and that he opposes using tax dollars to pay for abortion and supports the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, National Right to Life’s primary congressional priority.

“David Jolly’s victory in Florida is a clear victory for the right-to-life movement,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. “The contrast between David Jolly and Alex Sink on the life issues could not have been clearer and pro-life voters made their voices heard loud and clear.”

Many political pundits have argued that the abortion issue would play a diminished role in 2014 even as the vast differences on the life issues between Jolly and Sink were being highlighted on the campaign trail. Their contrasting positions on Obamacare—in a district which President Obama carried in 2008 and 2012—were at the center of campaign.

Obamacare provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion on demand, and will lead to the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments. David Jolly opposes Obamacare, while Alex Sink supports Obamacare.

Mr. Jolly’s endorsement by National Right to Life stood in contrast to Ms. Sink’s endorsement by the pro-abortion political committee, EMILY’s List. EMILY’s List supports only pro-abortion candidates who support abortion on demand and support taxpayer-funded abortions—policy positions which fall outside of mainstream public opinion.

In a March 3, 2013, poll conducted by The Polling CompanyTM, inc., only 12% agreed with the statement, “Abortion should be legal for any reason at any time during a woman’s pregnancy,” and yet this is the extreme position held by EMILY’s List.

In fact the American public is far closer to the pro-life position than that of EMILY’s List’s. A poll released by Gallup on May 10, 2013, revealed that a total of 58% believes that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances (20%) or “legal in only a few circumstances” (38%).

“Alex Sink’s extreme abortion position is out-of-touch with most Americans, and pro-life voters in Florida know it,” observed Karen Cross, National Right to Life political director. “National Right to Life is looking forward to working with Congressman-elect David Jolly in the 113th Congress to advance vital pro-life public policies that will protect the most vulnerable members of the human family – unborn children and medically disabled or dependent persons, whose lives are threatened by abortion or euthanasia.”

Founded in 1968, National Right to Life, the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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