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"A Pro-Life Message from Dr. Alveda King"
     "My uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.
     We must vote for life this year, and every year, because it is the right thing to do. ...Vote as if your life depends upon it. Someone’s life does! Be encouraged that you are not alone in your desire to see an end to the senseless violence against the most helpless of our brothers and sisters. Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to care for the least of these.We can demonstrate our compassion by voting for pro-life candidates in the upcoming elections." - Dr. Alveda King

11/7/06   "Momentum For Conservatives With Prospects Of  a Broad Turnout"
The pre-election momentum favors conservatives; and a broad voter turnout seems likely. "There tends to be a tightening at the end, when people begin to perhaps reappraise the preferences that they had early on, evidence comes in. People are reluctant to abandon old party allegiances," says Ross Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers U. in N.J.

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Nov. 5/06 - "Abortion tops divisive ballot measures"  By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer.

October 27, 2006 - Social issues are being pushed to the front nationwide in many local campaigns of 2006.

While most of the national media vociferously denigrates the Iraq war along with immigration as the major campaign issues; a great many of the local races nationwide, reflect the other many concerns and values of the voters on the debated issues that effect their every day lives and their families; and the kind of country they want to live in.

Pro life and pro choice abortion issues, taxes, judicial activism, national security, health care, the death-penalty, physician assisted suicide, the economy, environment, energy prices, and traditional marriage issues, etc., are getting little or no nationwide media coverage. Embryonic stem cell research which kills the human embryo, only recently, strongly emerged in the nationwide debate, more as a partisan political device rather than as its true profile of thus far, meritless medical science, far surpassed by the (non killing) *adult stem cell research showing real results of cure and promise.

Here are some of the current campaign debates and events that are taking place around the country regarding some important social issues that Americans care about:

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"America's abortion battlefield"
October 27, 2006 - "The Guardian" -
Suzanne Goldenberg reports from the front line in South Dakota. While the arguments against abortion may differ, from South Dakota to Mississippi, one fact is clear: women's access to abortion in America is diminishing, and the support for abortion rights from the political establishment is receding.  The Guardian
10/22/06  "S. D. Task Force Reveals Facts Unknown to Roe v. Wade Court"
South Dakota -  In the 33 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, medical & scientific studies have produced a wealth of credible information about unborn children, fetal pain & post-abortion problems experienced by women, information not available or known to the court when it decided to legalize abortions & reverse the pro-life protection laws of many states. In 2005, the S. D. Legislature created a 17-member task force to gather information & evidence about the practice of abortion since its legalization. The task force concluded that abortions harm women, physically and mentally, & that life begins at conception. Neither of these facts was contemplated by the Roe court. Full Story

Oct 27 2006- The "Columbus Dispatch"
In the campaigns of GOP Sen. Mike DeWine and Democratic challenger Sherrod Brown, the candidates will debate today for a fourth and final time at the City Club of Cleveland.

"Key races in Nevada"
October 27, 2006 - Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House
Legislature: Democrats who control the Assembly could pick up more seats, adding to their current 26-16 advantage, while Republicans probably will remain in control of the state Senate, where they now have a 12-9 edge.
Ballot Issues: Among possible ballot questions are a California Proposition 13-style tax rollback, a taxing-and-spending control plan, and others limiting tobacco smoking in public places, easing marijuana laws and boosting state lawmakers' payWebsite

"Rick Santorum Rails on Iran, North Korea, Venezuela"
October 27, 2006 - Pennsylvania "Lebanon Daily News"
A day after playing up his softer side, Sen. Rick Santorum was back on message yesterday, hammering away at the enemies of the United States.
Throughout his speech, Santorum said his opponent, Democrat Robert Casey, underestimates or fails to understand the danger. He referred to recent incidents, including a planned mass kidnapping at a synagogue in Prague and an assault on civilian aircraft in London that was thwarted by British intelligence agents. Lebanon Daily News

"GAY MARRIAGE RETURNS to campaign spotlight"
Oct 27, 2006 - "Wall Street Journal"
New Jersey Supreme Court sought to limit controversy by denying gay couples the “marriage” label while granting equal rights with straight couples. But Republicans hope specter of lawsuits will turn out social conservatives in eight states with gay-marriage ballot measures, including Tennessee and Virginia, where Republican Senate seats are at risk. Little effect is expected on New Jersey Senate race. New Jersey justices noted uproar following Massachusetts high court ruling legalizing gay marriage, contrasted with muted reaction to “civil unions” approved by Vermont and Connecticut.

"National Pro-life Radio.Net Set to Launch November 6th"
Oct. 26, 2006 /WASHINGTON, Christian Newswire/
Gearing up for Election Day 2006, National Pro life Radio.Net will debut as the nation’s first all pro life radio network.

"National Pro-Life Radio.Net is the first ever 24/7 radio network devoted to the pro-life cause,” said Dr. Paul Schenck, who is CEO of the internet radio network and Executive Director of NPLAC on Capitol Hill. "You will hear from all the movers and shakers in the pro-life movement because NPLR.Net is the place where all the pro-life voices meet."

On the program roster is veteran pro-life attorney Stephen Peroutka, who is heard coast to coast as host of "Face the Truth", Fr. Frank Pavone, host of radio and television programs including "Life on the Line" and "Gospel of Life" and Dr. Alveda King, niece of the late MLK, Jr. Other program personalities include Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics, Kimberly Zenarolla, Executive Vice President of National Pro-Life Action Center, Michael Peroutka of Institute on the Constitution and Rev. Rob Schenck of Faith and Action.

"One of the most exciting components has got to be the Daily Life News program, anchored by Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union,” said Dr. Paul Schenck. “This news program also spotlights every major development in the pro-life movement and includes a LifeNews.Com update radio broadcast with Jim Anderson.”

"This is the most critical time since Roe V Wade," Dr. Paul Schenck said. "You can’t afford to miss all the news and commentary on NPLR.NET. Go to, beginning Monday, November 6, and get ALL PRO-LIFE, ALL THE TIME!"  National Pro-life Radio. Contact: Day Gardner, 202-834-0844.

"Crist's 'pro-life' stance is in doubt"
Oct. 26, 2006 - Florida - "Miami Herald"
Charlie Crist says he is proud to be ''pro-life,'' and a Republican Party of Florida mailer calls the candidate for governor a ``pro-life leader.'' But voters watching Tuesday's televised forum with Democrat Jim Davis heard Crist offer a position that puzzled activists on both sides of the abortion debate. Tewannah Aman, executive director of the Broward County chapter of Florida Right to Life, said she received calls after Tuesday's debate from anti-abortion activists protesting Crist's description of himself as ``pro-life.''

''A pro-lifer is someone who gets out there and defends the unborn,'' she said. ``He talked about keeping to himself and not wanting to get involved in the political process.  It isn't fair to the community as a whole to say you are pro-life.'' Aman said she still plans to vote for Crist because she thinks he would listen to anti-abortion activists and Davis wouldn't.

"Why Democrats are losing the culture war"
By Amy Sullivan
Oct. 26, 2006 -USA TODAY., Yahoo! News
On the surface, solid majorities of Americans agree with Democratic Party values. They want universal health care, support increasing the minimum wage, believe stricter environmental regulations are needed and worth paying for, and think the best way to achieve peace is through diplomacy.
By contrast, only 12% say abortion and gay marriage are more important issues than poverty and universal health care, according to a recent survey by the Center for American Values in Public Life, a project funded by the liberal group People For the American Way. And a paltry 5% of Americans identified abortion and gay marriage as their top issues. Based on these numbers, Democrats should be beating Republicans at the ballot box. But precisely the opposite has happened in the past few national elections.

One answer is that national security is still a major issue, generally favoring Republicans. But more important is the fact that abortion and gay marriage are proxies for deeply held cultural concerns. They tell voters something about the character of a candidate - or a party.

Real anxieties - Most voters worry about escalating challenges to family stability and the losing battle to instill good values in their children instead of the materialism and coarseness peddled by popular culture. They fear that our society has developed a casualness about life, especially as science has made it easier to manipulate and create beings.

Banning gay marriage and outlawing abortion don't directly address those anxieties. But proposals like these at least acknowledge that the concerns exist and are valid. So while Republicans offer the wrong prescriptions, they get the diagnosis right. And they win because most of the time, Democrats won't admit that anything is wrong. In politics, as in most areas of life, something always beats nothing.

Despite the uproar over Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction a couple of years ago, most parents don't fret that the accidental sighting of a breast or hearing of a swear word will scar their children. They're more concerned about the unrealistic ideas kids get from popular culture about consumption and body image and violence as a way of handling conflict.

Sadly, too many liberals react to complaints about popular culture as if they're teenagers. They either jut out their chins and growl, "If you don't like it, don't watch it," or they stay silent for fear of looking like prudes..... That silence, however, hands conservatives a victory. As David Callahan points out in his book The Moral Center, "When the right complains about the media's descent into tawdriness, it puts them on the side of most Americans."

Even an issue on which Democrats seem to have the winning position can turn out to be a loser for the party in the long run. Most Americans now believe that research on stem cells should be allowed. But as Noam Scheiber recently pointed out in The New Republic magazine, the polls also suggest that they have serious concerns about the morality of unrestricted scientific research. They don't want to wake up tomorrow and discover that we're cloning humans without ever having a conversation as a society about the moral issues involved. By framing the debate as a choice between theology or science, Democrats essentially argued that anyone who has qualms about scientific progress is a troglodyte. That puts them on the losing side of the moral question, even as they win the specific policy debate.

There's promising evidence, though, that this moral tone-deafness of Democrats may be about to change. Abortion, perhaps the most contentious moral issue of them all, is also the one area in which Democrats are poised to move past the political debate and address the real concerns of Americans. Over the past two years, a growing number of Democrats in the House and Senate have gotten behind "abortion reduction" efforts that seek to prevent unwanted pregnancies and provide support to women who want to carry their pregnancies to term.

 The average American doesn't buy the liberal line that 1.3 million abortions per year are just the price you pay for living in a free and modern society.

Threshold issues -Democrats are right when they argue that their party's position on issues such as poverty, health care and job creation reflect a powerful moral value - helping those who have less. But they're wrong to think that's enough to win back the cultural voters they've lost.

Abortion and gay marriage - and the deep-seated cultural anxieties they represent - are threshold issues for voters. If a candidate can show he understands voters' concerns about the culture, then they'll listen to what else he has to say. If he tells them instead that there's nothing to worry about and tries to change the subject, they've already tuned out.

The good news for Democrats is that if the party can just get past the threshold, it stands a much better chance of connecting with voters who already agree with them on the pressing issues that should decide elections.- Amy Sullivan, a contributing editor for The "Washington Monthly" magazine, is writing a book about religion and the left

"No" on Amendment 3"
October 25, 2006 - Special to "Florida Baptist Witness"
At no time in modern American political history have our elected officials been more out of touch and more unresponsive to policy desires of the vast majority of voters. On issues ranging from immigration to same sex marriage, legislatures across this nation have refused to enact policies that reflect the values of the great majority of their constituents.

Constitutions provide the unique basis for a republican form of government. In pure democracies, the law rules the people. However, in a republic, the law rules the rulers. Hence, the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution starts with “Congress shall make no law respecting….” This is a legal directive (from the people) to the government. Our state Constitution is no different.

"Chafee calls ads misleading"
October 25, 2006 -  The "Providence Journal"
Providence, Rhode Island - U.S. Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee yesterday demanded that his Democratic opponent retract factually inaccurate mailings that accuse him of voting for two right-wing, conservative judges that he voted against.

"Candidates Ashdown vs. Hatch agree on little during Main Street debate"
October 25, 2006 - The "Salt Lake Tribune"-
Utah -Sen. Orrin Hatch debates Democrat Pete Ashdown. In a feisty rapid-fire debate, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch and Democrat Pete Ashdown tussled over terrorism, the economy and abortion. In this race for the U.S. Senate, the candidates seem to have the same goal - to paint the other as out of touch and a member of a do-nothing party.  The "Salt Lake Tribune"

"Bishops' letter demonstrates 3rd District differences"
October 25, 2006 - "PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN"
A joint letter from Colorado's Catholic bishops urging the faithful to vote to defend traditional marriage, oppose domestic partnerships for gays, and raise the minimum wage does draw some dividing lines between the candidates in the 3rd Congressional District race. Anything less than a state constitutional amendment defending marriage this year will enable state judges and legislators to potentially redefine marriage - even against the will of the people," the letter stated.

Congressman Salazar believes this amendment is redundant and unnecessary because state law has already defined marriage as a union between a man and woman and he supported that," said Sal Pace, his campaign manager. On the other side, Scott Tipton, a Cortez businessman and the GOP challenger in the race, supports both the federal and state marriage amendment. His endorsement of a federal constitutional amendment is to pre-empt Colorado having to recognize gay marriages performed in other states. "PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN"

"Williamson race heats up with abortion ad"
October 25, 2006 Nashville, Tennessee - "Nashville City Paper"
An advertisement accusing a Republican state Senate candidate of backing the jailing of doctors who perform abortions has awakened an otherwise sleepy race in Williamson County. The race is for the District 23 state Senate seat between Democrat Mary Parker, a trial lawyer, and Republican Jack Johnson, a financial planner. In the ad, Parker accuses Johnson of supporting the jailing of doctors who perform abortions to save the life of the mother and “make criminals” of women who are victims of rape and incest.

In response, Johnson said that’s “all a lie.” “I have never, ever in my life said that,” Johnson said. “I’ve never taken that position. She clearly made it up. She pulled it out of the blue sky.” Johnson said he is pro-life and favors exceptions for when the life of the mother is endangered. He does not favor exceptions for rape and incest. Parker says she is pro-life but favors exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.  "Nashville City Paper"

"2nd, 4th district Arkansas congressional candidates spar in debate"
October 25, 2006 "Pine Bluff Commercial"
LITTLE ROCK - Democrat Rep. Vic Snyder and GOP challenger Andy Mayberry clashed in a live televised debate Tuesday, with the candidates differing greatly over social issues like gay marriage and abortion.

"Abortion ban looms large on South Dakota ballot"
Oct. 25, 2006 - "USA Today"
Voters here will vote on gay marriage and allowing medical use of marijuana. The abortion ban, though, has generated the most debate and passion.
IRENE, S.D. - USA TODAY - Georgia Kaufman is against abortion. She's torn, though, about the referendum on the Nov. 7 ballot that will decide whether the USA's toughest abortion restrictions will become law or be repealed.

"California and Oregon have ballot measures that would require parental consent for minors to have abortions."

"Senate candidates tangle over taxes, abortion, impeachment"
October 24, 2006 - MONTPELIER,Vermont, Vermont Public Radio; AP -U.S. Senate candidates Bernie Sanders and Rich Tarrant tangled over familiar topics and ventured into some new ground Tuesday in one of their final debates before the election. The two leading candidates answered questions from each other, the host of Vermont Public Radio's Switchboard and listeners in a one-hour debate that touched on health care, taxes, the impeachment of President Bush, abortion and the death penalty. Website

Oct 24, 2006 -"Wall Street Journal"- News-Medical-Net
Although it is necessary to give some thought to what should be decided by judges and what should be determined by legislators, the "current fashion of framing substantive issues," such as abortion rights, "in terms of activism or restraint can only take you so far," Ann Althouse, law professor at the University of Wisconsin, writes in a "Wall Street Journal" opinion piece.

According to Althouse, there was a time when people "openly praised the activist judge," but now "we all seem to love to wrap ourselves in the mantle of the new fashion" that "comes at the price of candor."

Although the Supreme Court at one time "wrongly" believed that "enshrining abortion rights in the Constitution would spare us a torturous political fight," the court's decision in Roe v. Wade - the 1973 Supreme Court decision that effectively outlawed state abortion bans- "laid the groundwork for decades of controversial cases and contentious confirmation battles," wrote Althouse.  (Althouse, Wall Street Journal, 10/21).

"DeVos Says He’d Be ‘Thrilled’ If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned"
Oct 24, 2006 - WSBT - South Bend, Michigan (AP) -
Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos told a Catholic radio program he’d be “thrilled” if Roe v. Wade was overturned and Mich. reverted to its old law restricting abortion. The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision upheld abortion rights. Before the decision, Michigan banned abortion except to save the mother’s life. DeVos told “Ave Maria Radio” host Al Kresta that the state law could be enforced again if Roe was overturned. During Tuesday’s debate with Dem. Governor Jennifer Granholm, DeVos said he thought current laws regulating abortion in Michigan were sufficient. Granholm is a Catholic who some criticize for upholding abortion rights even though she personally opposes abortion. Website
"Detroit's Dilemma"
Oct 21, 2006 - Michigan- "Detroit Free Press"- If you're a woman who hasn't made up your mind about whether to vote for Dick DeVos or Jennifer Granholm, you're causing a lot of headaches for strategists at campaign headquarters.  Detroit Free Press

"State House candidates find plenty of common ground"
Oct 24, 2006  Ohio- "Scranton Times-Tribune"; Today’s TV 61.
Burke and Shimkus debate, but differences are hard to find. The candidates for state House in the 113th Legislative District didn't have to agree to disagree when they met in a debate Monday night.

It turned out Democrat Frank Andrews Shimkus and Republican Matthew Burke agree on just about everything.

Before about 30 spectators at the University of Scranton’s Brennan Hall, the two candidates who are vying to succeed state Rep. Gaynor Cawley spent a rancor-free hour staking out unusually common ground on topics ranging from health care to abortion.

On the hot-button issue of immigration reform, Mr. Burke said one of the first steps should be identifying individuals who are in the country illegally so they can begin paying taxes. “While you’re here, we want you paying into the system because you’re using the system,” Mr. Burke said.

Mr. Shimkus said since most immigrants who are here illegally have come to the United States to find work, holding employers accountable for whom they hire would solve the problem. “We want to respect human rights, but we don’t want to be trampled here,” he said.

Both candidates said they would support a ban on abortion in Pennsylvania without reservation if Roe v. Wade were overturned, and both would oppose any attempt to legalize physician-assisted suicide.

Mr. Shimkus said he would favor a death-penalty moratorium in the state, pointing out that it would be difficult “to say I respect life but let’s kill the bad guys.” Mr. Burke said someone who commits a heinous crime, particularly if he is a repeat offender, “deserves the maximum penalty” allowed in Pennsylvania.

Asked by Mr. Shimkus whether he would support an increase in the state’s 6 percent sales tax, Mr. Burke said he would if the tax were imposed “on the items that make sense.” “Those that consume more pay a little more. ... I think it’s a great idea,” Mr. Burke said. Mr. Burke asked Mr. Shimkus, a pastor at Trinity Congregational Church, whether he would base policy decisions on his religious beliefs. “I would never try to create a religious agenda,” Mr. Shimkus replied, “but I would not shirk my responsibilities as a Christian.”

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lackawanna County and moderated by Mike Lewis, of WNEP-TV, the debate was taped for later broadcast on Scranton Today’s TV 61. The Times Tribune

"Flaherty / Put his knowledge to work for the 30th District"
October 24, 2006 Penn.- "Pittsburgh Post Gazette"
Editorial: Voters in the 30th Legislative District are fortunate to have two thoughtful candidates whose depth of knowledge shows they have researched important issues.

The incumbent is Democrat Shawn Flaherty, 47, who has served only since May, after winning the special election to fill the vacancy left when Republican Jeff Habay was convicted of directing his office staff to perform political work on state time. Rep. Flaherty, the son of late Pittsburgh Mayor Pete Flaherty, lives in Fox Chapel.

Republican challenger Randy Vulakovich, 56, is a retired Shaler police sergeant who has knocked on 10,500 doors in the district, which includes Hampton, Fox Chapel and parts of O'Hara, Ross and Shaler. He'd have visited more households, but was injured in a car crash earlier this month.

Mr. Vulakovich says the chief gripe he hears while campaigning is that voters don't trust politicians. The officer who retired after 27 years assures them that because he's not seeking a second career, he would not compromise his principles to get re-elected.

The candidates differ on two key issues. If Roe v. Wade were overturned, Mr. Flaherty said he would oppose a statewide ban on abortion, while Mr. Vulakovich said he'd vote to outlaw abortion with no exceptions. Mr. Flaherty said he'd vote to ban smoking at all indoor workplaces statewide, while Mr. Vulakovich said he favors such a ban but that it's more likely to be adopted if there are some exceptions for bars and restaurants.

The two also have different takes on real estate tax reform. Mr. Vulakovich would eliminate property taxes incrementally while increasing other taxes such as the sales and personal income levies. He also proposes a plan of questionable legality under which elderly homeowners would never have to pay more in real estate taxes than they do in the year that the family's primary wage earner retires.

Mr. Flaherty, an attorney whose specialty is real estate law, wants to end the levying of property taxes on homes to fund schools. He would increase and broaden the sales tax and raise the personal income tax to make up the difference.

Mr. Vulakovich is refreshing for his candor and his willingness to listen. But because of the incumbent's greater understanding of real estate law and because his views match the Post-Gazette's on issues where the candidates split -- workplace smoking and abortion rights -- our endorsement goes to Shawn Flaherty.

Both Mr. Vulakovich and Mr. Flaherty support term limits, a smaller Legislature and dedicating steady funding for mass transit. Neither could say exactly where they'd get the additional money for bus and train service. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Maryland votes 2006 -"Social Issues Pushed to Front: New Cardin Ads Reflect Effort to Engage Steele on Abortion, Stem Cells"
Oct 24, 2006 Maryland.- "Baltimore Sun"; "RedNova"
Two weeks before Election Day, advocates for abortion rights and stem cell research are trying to bring the polarizing social issues to center stage in the race for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) began last night airing a new television advertisement in which actor Michael J. Fox talks of his support for research that he says could lead to advances in treatment for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other conditions.

Michael Steele (R) campaign spokesman Doug Heye, says the lieutenant governor has talked consistently during the campaign about issues that matter to Maryland voters, including the economy, crime, the environment and energy prices.

Heye said that Steele supports research on adult stem cells and umbilical stem cells. He said Steele would support using embryonic stem cells if the embryo were not destroyed. Steele and others object to the destruction of embryos for research whose benefits, some say, remain largely speculative. "I understand that Ben Cardin might be upset that we have not engaged him in the way that he would like," Heye said. "Michael Steele is running a campaign to have a dialogue with Maryland voters, not with Ben Cardin."

In Baltimore yesterday, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist urged students and faculty at the Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health to support candidates who would promote scientific discovery over what he called ideology.

Cardin plans to be host of a roundtable discussion, at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute in the Inner Harbor, on the importance of embryonic stem cell research. Cardin has attempted for weeks to engage Steele on abortion and embryonic stem cell research. Steele has made his positions on both known,  and likened embryonic stem cell research to Nazi experiments when he spoke to the Baltimore Jewish Council earlier this year, and has said he supported President Bush's veto.

Heye said that Steele, a Roman Catholic, opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother. The "National Right to Life" Committee is spending more than $73,000 to support his Senate candidacy, according to Federal Election Commission data. Baltimore Sun

"Wyoming Gubernatorial Candidate Hunkins Will Seek Abortion Ban If Roe Is Overturned"
Oct 18, 24, 2006 - Medical News Today; AP/ "Casper Star Tribune" -Wingert, Wyoming "Tribune-Eagle"
Wyoming gubernatorial candidate Ray Hunkins (R) on Wednesday said he anticipates the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn its ruling in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case - which effectively barred state abortion bans- adding that if such a ruling is made, he will seek to ban abortions in the state except in cases protecting the health of pregnant women. "I believe that abortion is murder, the homicide of a human being," Hunkins said, adding that he would call for a reinstatement of Wyoming's ban on abortion prior to 1973.

Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D), who is running for re-election, said he does not support changes to the state's abortion-rights laws.

Hunkins also said he will call for legislation that would mandate a prison sentence of at least 25 years for a person who knowingly assaults a pregnant woman and causes the involuntary loss of her fetus, the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports. "The deliberate killing of an unborn child by battery on the pregnant woman should be considered homicide," Hunkins said. Freudenthal said current law mandates a prison sentence of up to 10 years for such convictions, adding, "It may be entirely appropriate to increase the penalty and make it a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years."

"Social issues in the background of Minnesota governor's race"
Oct 23, 2006 - Minnesota Public Radio
You won't find anything about social issues such as abortion and same sex marriage on the gubernatorial candidates' Web sites, but they're important to many voters.

The campaign for Minnesota governor has largely focused on economic issues like taxes and the budgetMinnesota Public Radio

St. Paul, Minn. — The only social issue that's come up in the debates is stem cell research. DFL candidate Mike Hatch wants the state to spend $100 million over 10 years on stem cell research, including embryonic research that harvests cells from human embryos. "We have the first stem cell institute in the country, but ours is privately funded, because the Legislature and the governor haven't seen fit to start funding it with public dollars," Hatch said. "I want that thing publicly funded."

During a Rochester debate, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty also said, "I support stem cell research. "I know Mr. Hatch wants to make stem cells an issue, but I'm going to disappoint him, because we agree on the issue," Pawlenty said. Pawlenty seemed to be breaking with his conservative supporters. But he and Hatch don't completely agree. Pawlenty isn't calling for state funding for stem cell research, saying the state already funds broader bioscience research at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic.

And Pawlenty's support for embryonic research hinges on a new technique that doesn't destroy embryos. The research uses just a single cell from an early-stage embryo to seed a line of stem cells, but Harvard researchers caution that the new approach is inefficient and deeply flawed at this point. "So there's some things that we can do that are kind of mainstream that I think help the culture in Minnesota be respectful and appropriate," Tim Pawlenty also said. He added, "Our society has benefitted from having traditional marriage, and to say that all domestic relationships are going to be the same as traditional marriage I think is not a wise approach," said Pawlenty. "

Hatch said he too believes in traditional marriage. But Hatch doesn't think a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is necessary, because Minnesota already has a law defining marriage as a civil union between one man and one women.

On the issue of abortion, Hatch has been accused of flip-flopping. When he first ran for governor in 1990, he said he would veto any bill that would weaken Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Four years later, the anti-abortion group Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life endorsed Hatch, after he said he supported parental notification by minors seeking an abortion and a 24-hour abortion waiting period.


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