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Sanford Defeats Pro-Abort Democrat in Special Election

by | May 8, 2013

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

Mark Sanford

Mark Sanford

The citizens of South Carolina’s First Congressional District will not be represented by someone who believes it is okay to kill innocent, helpless babies.

With the help of National Right to Life PAC and the National Right to Life Victory Fund, pro-life Republican Mark Sanford defeated pro-abortion Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in South Carolina’s May 7 special general election by a margin of 54%-45%, despite being outspent three to one.

The vacancy was created when pro-life Governor Nikki Haley (R) appointed pro-life Rep. Tim Scott (R) to replace pro-life Senator Jim DeMint (R), who resigned to head the Heritage Foundation.

“South Carolina Citizens for Life congratulates former Governor Mark Sanford on his election to Congress,” said Lisa Van Riper, president of South Carolina Citizens for Life. “As governor, the congressman-elect was a strong defender of life having signed five pieces of legislation that protect both the rights of the unborn and their mothers. We know that because of Mark’s election the lives of women and their children, born and unborn, will be protected.”

Pro-life legislation signed into law by Sanford as governor included an ultrasound law, a fetal homicide law, and an informed consent law requiring at least 24-hours to elapse between transmission of essential information and an abortion

Holly Gatling, executive director for South Carolina Citizens for Life, told NRL News Today, “The fundamental issue for First District pro-life constituents is the right to life. Without the right to life, there is no liberty. Mark Sanford was the pro-life candidate. Period.”

In addition to the five pro-life bills Sanford signed when he served as governor of South Carolina (2003-2011), he put his name on the National Right to Life (NRL) candidate survey, which is the ultimate commitment to the life issue.

“South Carolina Citizens for Life PAC was pleased to join the NRL PAC to endorse Governor Sanford in the general election,” Gatling continued. “The people of District One voted to continue being represented by a pro-life congressman and not by a militant pro-abort who sees nothing wrong with butchering unborn children.”

Sanford served three terms in the U.S. House (1995-2001) before becoming governor.


During his tenure in Congress Sanford had a strong pro-life voting record. That included votes to ban partial-birth abortions and votes against using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion.

There was a stark contrast between Sanford and Busch on life issues.

Busch supports the current policy of abortion on demand, which allows abortion for any reason. In a recent NBC News interview, she referred to abortion as an “absolute right.”

Busch also supports Obamacare, which will provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and will promote the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments.

Sanford opposes Obama’s pro-abortion, pro-rationing health care plan and will vote to repeal it.

Clare Richter, South Carolina Citizens for Life co-secretary along with her husband, Bill, lives in the First District and enthusiastically supported Mark Sanford. “We are so happy to support someone endorsed by National Right to Life and South Carolina Citizens for Life PAC especially since he was running against someone who calls abortion an ‘absolute right.’”

National Right to Life looks forward to working with Congressman-elect Mark Sanford to restore legal protection for innocent life – unborn children and medically disabled or dependent persons whose lives are threatened by abortion or euthanasia.

Stay tuned for election updates in future National Right to Life News Today. 2013 elections include specials in Missouri and Massachusetts and governors’ races in New Jersey and Virginia.

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