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Friday, June 4, 2010

Karen Handel snaps back at pro-lifers

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GOP gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel, if you haven't already heard, is embroiled in a dust-up with Georgia Right to Life, the anti-abortion group that earlier this year pushed a heinous piece of state legislation that would have criminalized "coerced abortions," whatever those are.

Jim Galloway outlined the brouhaha in detail, but here's a snapshot: Dan Becker, GRTL's executive director, said Handel's take on abortion — she thinks women whose pregnancies are life-threatening or the product of rape or incest should still have the option — doesn't jibe with the group's definition of "pro life." Handel also opposes a ban on in-vitro fertilization, which GRTL championed last year. For these reasons, the group gave endorsements to all GOP candidates but the former secretary of state and Fulton County chairwoman.

Handel responded with a blistering press statement saying she's dismayed and disappointed by Becker's comments. In the process, she referenced her own efforts to become a mother and trotted out an endorsement from a former GRTL honcho. She also wondered whether her opponents, who passed GRTL's muster by affirming that life begins at conception and ends at natural death, are in favor of the death penalty, which she supports.

The snub by GRTL, which still enjoys some political sway among the Gold Dome's mouth breathers, might hurt Handel in some circles. But methinks this move will win her more fans than enemies, even among pro lifers. Peach Pundit's Icarus, a Handel supporter who's also pro-life, defended Handel yesterday with a ringing endorsement.

Like we said some months back, Handel's going to be the candidate who wins over the more moderate Republicans. You know, the ones who aren't supporting candidates who ask the president for his birth certificate, find themselves in nasty ethical dilemmas, or shave off their Van Dykes to appeal to voters and target illegal immigrants just to get their name in news articles. Which honestly is like, what, all the frontrunners in the GOP race?

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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