by Max Brantley
The anti-abortion lobby endorsed Asa Hutchinson today. Not exactly a surprise. Release on jump.
The Republican candidate is right on one thing. It's of critical importance that A$a wants Roe v. Wade off the books and his Democratic opponent Mike Beebe does not.
If Roe is overturned, abortion would be illegal in Arkansas. Republicans would then like to prosecute doctors (though not the "murdering" mothers), regardless of circumstances (fetuses with no chance of life outside the womb for example, but the potential for harm to a mother's health in a full-term pregnancy.) Hutchinson's preference on public policy would prohibit government payment of an abortion for a raped, retarded teen (the policy followed in an actual case by Gov. Mike Huckabee until a federal court forced a course correction). His preference likely would prohibit even distribution of morning-after pills to minors raped by their fathers.
Yes, the candidates' difference is an important distinction. No amount of A$a's attempt to waffle on this by saying he personally might allow abortions in case of rape or incest can paper over the indelible bottom line. Roe preserves, absolutely, the right to abortion for a woman in great need. Its override ends a woman's dominion over her body.
HUTCHINSON NEWS RELEASE
Fort Smith, Ark. – Asa Hutchinson, the 2006 Republican candidate for Arkansas Governor, received the formal endorsement of Arkansas Right to Life today in recognition of his longtime support for the pro-life cause and for being the candidate who will stand up to protect the lives of the unborn in Arkansas.
At a news conference at the Pregnancy Help Center in Fort Smith, Hutchinson said he was proud to have the support of Arkansas Right to Life and praised the organization and its leadership for their record of service to the pro-life community.
"Protecting the sanctity of human life is not a Republican value or a Democrat value; it’s an Arkansas value,” Hutchinson said. “It’s important that the next Governor respect the views of Arkansans, and be firm in his commitment to defending life. I’m honored to accept the support of Right to Life, an organization that has spent decades fighting for the rights of the unborn.”
Hutchinson, who received a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee based upon his pro-life voting record in Congress, contrasted his own pro-life record with that of his opponent, Democratic Attorney General Mike Beebe.
“My opponent and I have differed on many issues in this campaign, but this is one of the most important issues on which we disagree,” said Hutchinson. “Mike Beebe believes that Roe v. Wade should stay on the books. I do not. There are clear differences between the candidates on this issue, and voters must decide whether they want a pro-life Governor or a pro-choice Governor leading this state forward. As Governor, I will continue the strong foundation laid by Gov. Huckabee to defend the lives of the most vulnerable among us.”
Announces Launch of Faith and Values Voters Coalition
Hutchinson also announced today the launching of his “Faith and Values Voters for Asa” coalition, a group composed of Hutchinson supporters dedicated to pro-life issues, traditional marriage, and other conservative values, to help reach out to other voters who share a commitment to such issues.
To register as a coalition member, visit Hutchinson’s campaign website at www.asaforgovernor.org and click on "Join a Coalition."
The endorsement was announced today by leaders of the Arkansas Right to Life Committee, including Wayne Mays, President; Bob Burr, director of the Arkansas Right to Life Political Action Committee; and Rose Mimms, executive director.