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Abortion Is Key Issue in Georgia Senate Runoff

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 10:59 AM

By Jim Meyers

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Pro-life activists are coming to the aid of Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss as he battles pro-choice Democrat Jim Martin in the Georgia runoff race.

“The U.S. Senate desperately needs the pro-life leadership of Senator Saxby Chambliss,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an Arlington, Va.-based pro-life organization.

“He will defend innocent unborn children and fight for strict constructionist Supreme Court justices who won’t legislate from the bench.”

She said the outcome of the Dec. 2 runoff election will have a significant impact on efforts to fight “the coming pro-abortion onslaught,” LifeNews.com reported.

The Susan B. Anthony List is running ads on Christian radio stations that expose Martin’s pro-choice record, and her organization is connecting its membership with phone-banking facilities to call Georgia voters on Chambliss’ behalf.

“A vote for Jim Martin is a vote for taxpayer-funded partial-birth abortion,” Dannenfelser told LifeNews.

“As a state legislator, Jim Martin single-handedly refused to bring the Georgia ban on gruesome partial-birth abortion to a vote. American citizens don’t need Jim Martin’s abortion extremism in the U.S. Senate.”

Martin voted against parental notification before abortions are performed on minors, according to LifeNews. Chambliss, meanwhile, has a 100 percent pro-life voting record in the Senate and has repeatedly voted to limit abortions.

Neither Chambliss nor Martin received more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day, triggering the runoff.

Democrats will hold at least 58 seats in the U.S. Senate come January, and a Martin victory would bring the total to at least 59 – just one vote shy of a filibuster-proof majority.

The Democrats are pouring massive resources into Georgia hoping to defeat Chambliss. Barack Obama has kept 25 of his Georgia field offices open for Martin and has brought in about 100 field operatives from outside the state.

A recent Rasmussen poll had Chambliss with 50 percent of the vote and Martin with 46 percent, with 4 percent undecided.

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