Press release: National Right to Life Endorses Mike Rounds in South Dakota U.S. Senate Race

National Right to Life Endorses Mike Rounds in South Dakota U.S. Senate Race

WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee, the oldest and largest pro-life group in the nation, today endorsed Governor Mike Rounds in his campaign for United States Senate.

The strong pro-life position held by Gov. Rounds stands in sharp contrast with his opponent, Rick Weiland, who supports a policy of abortion on demand, which allows abortion for any reason.

Mike Rounds supports the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – groundbreaking legislation that prohibits abortion after 20 weeks on the basis that these children are capable of feeling excruciating pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods. Mike Rounds opposes using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion.

Rick Weiland supports President Obama’s health care law – Obamacare – which provides government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and will result in the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments. Mike Rounds is needed in the U.S. Senate to help reverse the abortion-expanding and the healthcare rationing effects of that law.

“As governor, Mike Rounds was an outspoken leader in the fight to protect innocent human life in South Dakota,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. “Mike Rounds is needed in the U.S. Senate to help protect the most defenseless among us – unborn children and those who are medically dependent or disabled.”

Involved in every election since Ronald Reagan’s election to the presidency, National Right to Life Political Action Committee (NRL PAC) was formed in 1979 as the political arm of National Right to Life. Founded in 1968, National Right to Life, the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

21 Replies to “Press release: National Right to Life Endorses Mike Rounds in South Dakota U.S. Senate Race”

    1. Kurt Evans

      Carol Tobias says:
      >>”As governor, Mike Rounds was an outspoken leader in the fight to protect innocent human life in South Dakota.”

      “West River” says:
      >”I wonder what Gordon Howie thinks about this endorsement?”

      If Gordon is like me, he thinks it’s a bad joke.

      Mike Rounds undermined South Dakota’s 2006 abortion ban and started a chain reaction that will eventually result in the murders of hundreds of thousands of innocent children around the world. Rounds signed the ban while clearly and repeatedly arguing that it was bad strategy and explicitly indicating that he wasn’t a supporter. He said the Supreme Court would reject it 5-4 and issue a ruling that would actually end up weakening the pro-life movement.

      His argument that the law would do more harm than good doomed it in the referendum. Rather than campaigning for it, he created a rationalization for staying as far away from the issue as he possibly could. Ironically, he claimed his signature would give the law’s supporters a chance at the ballot box … while he was ruining that chance.

      As a “pro-life” Republican, Rounds undermined public support for the law in a way no Democrat ever could have. He talked about what a setback it would be for the pro-life cause if the Supreme Court rejected the ban. I wonder whether he ever considered what a setback it would be if a strongly pro-life state like South Dakota voted it down.

      If it was a bad law, he was wrong to sign it. If it was a good law, he was wrong not to defend it. If the Supreme Court had rejected it, the blood of the children would have been on their hands. Now it’s on his.

      Most pro-life voters probably aren’t going to support Rounds when they understand that he took a nap during our Gethsemane.

        1. Anonymous

          i wish the pro-life voters would hurry up and understand that rounds took a nap during our gesthemane already. sheesh. then we could move on. or not.

      1. Anonymous

        Ok. It’s late. Disagree. Only Gordie can suggest that National Right to Life doesn’t get this issue.

    1. Anonymous

      continuing … the decade-old rant just recited here is so far from the day-to-day cares of most voters that it boggles the mind. truly.

      1. Anonymous

        while the issue matters to south dakotans, the minutae of that legislative session and the selective memories of the story tellers does not.

  1. BigDaddy

    State Senator Rounds also voted against 48 hour notice to parents of a minor wanting an abortion. As with so many of the so called moral bastions of politics, NRTL simply goes with the money and not with principle.

    Howie is chairman of the board for the CareNet Pregnancy Crisis Center and has done more for the pro-life cause than Rounds would dare consider.

  2. Mike Q

    Would Rounds vote for a constitutional amendment outlawing or restricting Abortion? I find all this tap dancing about being Pro-life but not seeking to get to the heart of the matter ridiculous. I am a pro-life Democrat, and I would appreciate if our politicians would either put up or shut up.

  3. Troy Jones

    National RTL has been a stalwart for Life for forty years. Who has a better public record for forty years. Nobody.

    Anonous sycophants for Nelson/Howie/Hubbel have no credibility on this issue as neither do their cult leaders. Stopping and reducing abortions begins with changing hearts one at a time. These bozos yell and scream and turn hearts hard.

    1. Anonymous

      Your obsessive nastiness about Rep Nelson, long after the primary and his departure from the active political scene? Makes you the screaming bozo. Especially since he had a stellar record of fighting for pro-life issues in the SD Legislature, which in fact changed laws to protect innocents, which in fact saved lives. You are so like the liberals who continue to rant about President Bush.

      1. Anonymous

        Was Nelson’s record for the pre-born stellar when he supported prenatal care for illegal immigrants or when he voted against it?

        Since he switched his vote I’m confused.

        1. Anonymous

          I am sure he spoke as to his position on those bills. What were they? Or, are you just another slimy troll who doesn’t have a clue? If the rinos had followed the SDGOP platform, and supported legislation sponsored to combat illegal immigration, good conservatives wouldn’t have been placed in such a quandary to begin with.

    2. Veritas

      Troy, There was a time when I respected much of what you had to say. Lately, however, your comments seem increasingly mean spirited and poorly argued.

  4. IWTA

    I respect the work that the Right to Life Committee does, but I have a question: Does the committee work to reduce abortions only, or does its work extend beyond birth, including alleviating child poverty and infant mortality?

    According to a 2005 report published by South Dakota Kids Count and the University of South Dakota, three of the top 10 U.S. counties with the highest poverty rates are in South Dakota, including Ziebach County as #1 with 70% of it’s children in poverty.

    I know that many SDWC commenters dismiss Native issues as “federal problems,” so I look forward to discussion about how Governor Rounds as U.S. Senator would address the astounding child poverty rates in South Dakota.

    Yes, children are sacred when they’re in the womb, but what about after they’re born into poverty through no fault of their own. Can we scream, “Stop abortion!,” but also yell, “Cut welfare and Medicaid ?”

    Sorry. I guess I had two questions.

  5. springer

    Welfare and Medicaid increases are NOT the answer to the problem on the reservations. Actually dependence on govt largess has created the problems there and in fact exacerbated them. The pride of the Native Americans has been destroyed by the federal govt. It has nothing to do with the Right to Life issue.

  6. RFL

    So Gordies got his knickers in a twist because yet another cause he “claims” to be the champion for nationality does not support him. It’s okay though. He has twenty made up organizations that he is the CEO of to endorse him.

  7. Anonymous

    want the simple math on this? in a rounds v weiland race, NRTL picks rounds and they should. end of story. machiavellian dissection of state politics isn’t a factor here