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National Right to Life Congratulates Pro-Life Karen Handel for Victory in Georgia’s Bellweather Election

Jun 20, 2017 | 2017 Press Releases

WASHINGTON – National Right to Life congratulates pro-life Republican Karen Handel for her solid win against pro-abortion Democrat Jon Ossoff in today’s highly publicized special election for Tom Price’s seat in Georgia. The election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district was touted by many to be a bellwether race for the 2018 elections.

“Jon Ossoff supported abortion on demand and lost,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. “Karen Handel’s position on life reflects the true values of Georgia’s voters. Karen Handel is pro-life and opposes using tax dollars to pay for abortions. She will help us continue to pass pro-life laws and save babies’ lives.”

Today’s win in Georgia marks the fifth of five 2017 elections in which the pro-life candidate endorsed by National Right to Life won. Elections in Kansas’ 4th congressional district, Omaha’s mayoral election, Montana’s at-large special election, and South Carolina’s 5th congressional district earlier tonight in which pro-life Republican Ralph Norman defeated pro-abortion Democrat Archie Parnell were clear-cut pro-life/pro-abortion contests.

In each of these five elections the Republican was pro-life and opposed using tax dollars to pay for abortion, while the Democrat candidate supported unlimited abortion, and supported using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion on demand. In each of these races, National Right to Life Victory Fund informed pro-life voters about the stark contrast between the candidates on life.

This points out the problem Democrats have that will continue to cause them to lose elections across the nation.

In April, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez decided that the DNC would only support candidates who support an extreme abortion agenda calling for unrestricted abortion for any reason – including late abortions after 20 weeks and taxpayer funding of abortion. In many areas of the country, Democratic candidates must have pro-life votes in order to win, however they also must appease the pro-abortion masters of the Democratic Party, including Planned Parenthood, NARAL and EMILY’s List.

The National Right to Life Victory Fund contacted thousands of identified pro-life voters in Georgia by mail, phone, and through social media with information about the differences between pro-life Republican Karen Handel and pro-abortion Democrat Jon Ossoff. Despite nearly $60 million spent in the most expensive congressional race in history, Handel prevailed 53% to 47%.

“The pro-abortion side cannot match the infrastructure and grassroots base of National Right to Life and its 3,000 chapters and state affiliates, which can respond quickly anywhere in the country,” Tobias added. “With this latest pro-abortion litmus test for Democratic candidates, the Democratic Party will continue to lose elections.”

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), 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.