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Lou Barletta Endorsed by National Right to Life Commitee

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Group blasts Kanjorski for his support of abortion on demand

Lou Barletta, candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania's 11th District, accepted the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee, one of the nation's leading pro-life groups.

"You are a strong advocate for life: you support pro-life legislation and you oppose the use of federal funding for elective abortion. We look forward to working with you to restore legal protection for innocent life -- unborn children and medically disabled or dependent persons whose lives are threatened by abortion or euthanasia," wrote David N. O'Steen, NRLC executive director, and Karen A. Cross, NRLC political director.

The group noted 26-year incumbent Paul Kanjorski's vote to allow the government takeover of health care in making its decision to endorse Lou Barletta:

"Recently your opponent, Congressman Paul Kanjorski, voted to enact President Obama's health care legislation, which will provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and promote the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments. Your support is needed to reverse the pro-abortion and rationing effects of that health care legislation."

The NRLC wrote of Kanjorski's vote for the healthcare bill, "A lawmaker who votes for this bill is voting to require federal agencies to subsidize and administer health plans that will pay for elective abortion, and voting to undermine longstanding pro-life policies in other ways as well. ... The executive order promised by President Obama was issued for political effect. It changes nothing. It does not correct any of the serious pro-abortion provisions in the bill. The president cannot amend a bill by issuing an order, and the federal courts will enforce what the law says." (Read that release here.)

Kanjorski also earns a 50-percent rating from the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), a pro-abortion group. This rating means he votes against pro-life measures every other time they come up for a vote.

"I am pro-life, so receiving this endorsement from the National Right to Life Political Action Committee makes me extremely proud. Innocent life should be protected at every stage of development. I support the restoration of legal protection for innocent human life. The healthcare bill was absolutely devastating to pro-life groups and causes, and Congressman Kanjorski should be ashamed that he voted for it. If elected, I will fight to protect innocent life and reverse the pro-abortion effects of the government takeover of health care," Lou Barletta said.

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