To Friends of RNC/Life in Ohio - 5
Go to this link for the District map - http://www.govtrack.us/congress/findyourreps.xpd?state=OH&district=5
(If you don’t live in Ohio’s 5th Congressional District but have friends who do, please pass this on)
Next Tuesday, November 6th, there will be a special election to fill the open seat in the 5th Congressional District of Ohio.
The Republican National Coalition for Life PAC mailed our Candidate Questionnaire ( http://www.rnclife.org/misc/cand_ques.html) to State Senator Steve Buehrer and State Representative Bob Latta.
Their responses revealed that Senator Buehrer’s position on the life issues is 100% consistent with RNC/Life and the Republican National Platform.
Representative Latta’s answers were also consistent with RNC/Life, except for Question number 3.
Question 3 “Do you think a mother should have the legal right to abortion for any of the following reasons:”
a. The baby was conceived through rape or incest (Rep. Latta left it blank)
b. The baby has a handicap (Rep. Latta Left it blank)
c. The baby has a genetic defect (Rep. Latta left it blank)
RNC/Life considers unanswered questions to be a negative response.
d. The health of the mother (Rep. Latta checked YES)
Support for legal abortion because of a “health” exception is decidedly a pro-abortion-choice position. If you read the questionnaire, you will see that RNC/Life carefully explains how the term “health” is defined in Doe v. Bolton, the companion Supreme Court decision to Roe v. Wade. “Health’ is defined to include “all factors—physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman’s age—relevant to the well being of the patient.” This broad definition has led to the sanctioning of abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy.
While Rep. Latta has voted pro-life on legislation to restrict or regulate the practice of abortion, his answers to the RNC/Life Candidate Questionnaire indicate that he would not vote to make abortion illegal.
Please consider this when casting your vote on November 6th, 2008