Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sodrel "now fully on board" to de-fund Planned Parenthood

From Mike Sodrel's January 20th press release:

I am running to retake the Indiana Ninth Congressional District seat currently held by Baron Hill. Hill has not been a pro-life voice in Congress. He has only voted the pro-life position 41% of the time. When I represented the Ninth District, I voted with National Right to Life 100% of the time (11 for 11). If elected, I will gladly support de-funding of Planned Parenthood and I will support a Human Life Amendment.

It's good to know that Mike now avidly supports de-funding Planned Parenthood.

In this, he joins me, Travis Hankins, and probably Todd Young. (If Todd's campaign wants to clarify his position on this, I'll be glad to update as appropriate.) This is a good move politically as well-- since it will help Sodrel compete with Hankins and Young for pro-life voters.

UPDATE: Todd wrote me to say: "Eric, thanks for the opportunity to clarify my position...Though political campaigns typically involves drawing distinctions between candidates, I confess that I fully agree that we should de-fund Planned Parenthood."

Thanks Todd...that is good news!

It's too bad that Mike downplayed the issue and made excuses about it in our 2006 and 2008 campaigns. Even worse, the GOP didn't take care of this when they controlled the Congress and the Presidency under Bush. But it's certainly better late than never!

In both campaigns, I took a lot of guff from people who didn't want me to make this an issue. Something to do with pragmatism, if I recall....

But I'm glad to know that I might have helped to get the GOP interested in this issue. It was Indiana's own Mike Pence-- in the next district over-- who brought up the issue just after the 2006 campaign.


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