EMILY’s List makes its Choice for N.H. Governor: Molly Kelly

Fresh off a victory by its preferred candidate in the Manchester mayoral election, EMILY’s List has announced that it is throwing its endorsement and cash into the New Hampshire governor’s race in support of Molly Kelly.

Kelly is a Democrat and a former state senator from Keene (district 10). I was in the Senate gallery on several occasions as she spoke against fetal homicide legislation and in favor of the buffer zone law.

Her formal statement in response to the EMILY’s List endorsement, as reported by WMUR’s John DiStaso, includes the candid if clichéd declaration “I trust women to make their own health care decisions,” thereby smoothly assuming that abortion is health care – an assertion that the Republican incumbent has shown no inclination to dispute. Kelly adds, “As governor, I will defend funding for Planned Parenthood.” Well, so does the Republican incumbent governor, even though he strayed off the PP script once as Executive Councilor. That incumbent has already indicated that he’s running for re-election.

Kelly entered the Senate after winning a 2006 election over former Senate president Tom Eaton, who lost to her again in 2008 and 2010. In 2012, she won re-election by a 2-1 margin over her Republican challenger. In 2014, Republicans didn’t bother to put up a candidate against her. She retired after that term, and the district 10 state senate seat is now held by Democrat Jay Kahn.

Manchester Mayoral Challenger Picks Up PP Support

Manchester residents, FYI: Manchester mayoral candidate Joyce Craig has picked up the support of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Action Fund, along with a snappy hashtag (#proJoyce). This is on top of her endorsement by EMILY’s List, a national group that has turned its sights on the Queen City.

Ms. Craig is challenging incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas in the November 7 election.

A Note on Manchester Mayoral Race

From my post at Granite Grok:

To absolutely no one’s surprise, the September 19 primary in the Queen City confirmed that Ted Gatsas and Joyce Craig will face off once again in Manchester’s mayoral race. Craig lost to Gatsas in 2015 by 64 votes.

Craig has the endorsement of EMILY’s List this year, as she did in 2015. The abortion advocacy group describes its rationale for involvement in state and local elections

Read the full post.

Abortion Advocacy Group Targets N.H. State Reps

New Hampshire’s new fetal homicide law has drawn the attention, ire, and cash of an experienced, well-funded political action group dedicated to packing legislative bodies with abortion advocates.

From WMUR’s John DiStaso:

PUTTING GOP ‘ON NOTICE.’ The nationwide political action committee EMILY’s List has long played a significant role supporting Democratic, pro-choice women candidates in New Hampshire.Now, we’ve learned, the group is announcing a plan to expand its effort down the ballot into state legislative races in the Granite State and elsewhere.

…“Republicans in the New Hampshire Legislature have amassed a shameful record of voting to turn back the clock on women’s rights,” EMILY’s List Executive Director Emily Cain said in a statement provided to WMUR.“These legislators have recklessly passed legislation that limits the reproductive rights of women, have attempted to repeal the existing law that provides buffer zones to protect women, and have attempted to put in place an abortion ban after just over 21 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest. That is why EMILY’s List is recruiting an historic number of strong, pro-choice Democratic women leaders in 2018 to hold these Republican legislators accountable for their out-of-touch agenda.”

As though Republicans are consistently pro-life, but that’s an issue for another day.

“Limits the reproductive rights of women” apparently means in EMILYspeak “respecting the right of women to carry a wanted child to term.” Likewise, in EMILYspeak, “recklessly” apparently means “after twenty years of carefully crafting compromise language that included input from bereaved families.”

They’re right about attempting to repeal the buffer zone, but the only thing the zone’s about is restricting the First Amendment rights of peaceful pro-life witnesses. Legislators have attempted – not hard enough, but at least attempted – to respect the Supreme Court’s McCullen decision, while keeping in place laws against violence, assault, disorderly conduct, and trespassing (among other things).

EMILY’s List objects to abortion limitations that don’t have exceptions for rape or incest. You won’t be surprised to learn that EMILY’s List also objects to limitations that DO have exceptions for rape or incest. EMILY’s List has no room for women conceived in violence.  So much for “protect[ing] women.”

Watch for EMILY’s List-endorsed candidates on the municipal as well as state levels. Last time Joyce Craig ran for mayor of Manchester (which she’s doing again this year), her EMILY’s List endorsement didn’t say a word about abortion advocacy or First Amendment suppression. Instead, the endorsement was about Craig’s history of community service. That was shrewd. Make no mistake, though: EMILY’s List does not get involved in a race unless its leaders imagine, however wildly, that abortion is at stake.

If EMILY’s List endorses a candidate, you can be confident that the candidate will oppose First Amendment rights for peaceful, non-confrontational pro-life witnesses. You can rest assured that the candidate will oppose abortion statistics laws and any attempt to make New Hampshire less Gosnell-friendly. EMILY’s List candidates will oppose any effort to assure protection and care for children who survive attempted abortion. They will oppose parental notice when pregnant adolescents seek abortion.

The measures listed in the preceding paragraph do not touch on any right to life for unborn human beings. They are all consistent with Roe v. Wade and its judicial progeny, at least so far. Even so, abortion advocacy groups want to oust legislators who support such measures. Even if a legislator supports the First Amendment rights of peaceful witnesses but does not recognize the nature of a human being in utero, she or he won’t pass muster with EMILY’s List.

Welcome to the master class in abortion extremism.

 

Weekend reading, 5/6/16: Smith, Roarty, Fedor

Here’s a week’s-end selection of my three favorite recent posts from other blogs, to be sampled after you’re caught up on Leaven for the Loaf.

Wesley Smith: Declare total non-cooperation with assisted suicide (firstthings.com)

Wesley Smith (Discovery Institute photo)
Wesley Smith (Discovery Institute photo)

“What should opponents of the culture of death do if they—like I, a native Californian—live in a jurisdiction that legalizes assisted suicide? I suggest a policy of total and unequivocal non-cooperation with the suicide agenda.” Read the rest of the post.

Alex Roarty: EMILY’s List strategy questioned after big losses (rollcall.com)

“[Last Tuesday] Katie McGinty won Pennsylvania’s Senate Democratic primary last week thanks in part to a major investment from EMILY’s List, which spent nearly $2 million to help her overcome a difficult opponent. It was the only good news on an otherwise dreadful night for EMILY’s List which backs Democratic women who support abortion rights — the group also lost a quartet of races that has Democratic strategists questioning if its political operation requires a strategic reassessment.” Read the rest of the post.

Béatrice Fedor: “Judging a soul is God’s business, not yours. Your business is to be compassionate and to offer help.” (400wordsforwomen.com)

“… if you want to save the babies while looking down on the mothers, I seriously don’t know what you are doing in the Pro-Life movement.” Read the rest of the post.