In June I applauded Washington Life Coalition for spotlighting supposedly pro-life US Senate candidate Dino Rossi’s rape/incest exception.

So many pro-life groups give candidates a pass on the rape/incest exception because the general public at this point is uneducated and thinks such an exception is compassionate, when it really isn’t. But particularly in primaries we should not let candidates slide on this position.

Today WLC took on another difficult issue – forcing hospital emergency rooms to dispense emergency contraceptives following rape. Rossi supports that, too.

From WLC’s press release:

WLC released a brand new internet video today to appeal to pro-life voters in the state of WA who have been led to believe they should support Dino Rossi in his bid for U.S. Senate.

The video chronicles some of Rossi’s statements on the issue of abortion, and then reveals an egregious vote that Rossi cast as a state senator, overlooked by the pro-life movement in WA. The news of this vote calls into question Rossi on an issue he refers to as “a matter of conscience.”

In 2002, Dino Rossi voted for SB 6537 which forces hospitals to promote emergency contraception to rape victims and provide it upon request within 72 hours of sexual contact. Emergency contraception, also known as “the morning after pill”, causes an abortion if the woman is pregnant. The bill passed and is now the law in WA state. Physicians, nurses and healthcare workers in hospital emergency rooms are forced to act against their conscience, which is formed by their professional training as well as their moral, ethical and religious views….

WLC encourages pro-life voters to take a close look at the other candidates in the U.S. Senate race, as well as with all races for public office, to find person(s) with the will to advance the cause of restoring these unalienable rights for all.

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