ORTL PAC Statement on the OR Election Results

Last night, pro-life Oregonians achieved successes and gained ground:

  • Pro-life candidate Dennis Richardson was elected Secretary of State, defeating extreme pro-abortion candidate Brad Avakian.  Avakian had received tens of thousands of dollars in support from Planned Parenthood and NARAL.  He supports abortion up until the moment of birth.
  • All pro-life seats in the State Legislature were retained.  Five open seats were retained by pro-life candidates, some fighting off well funded attacks by pro-abortion candidates or groups.  Rep. Mike Nearman resisted a heavy attack by pro-abortion groups and kept his seat in HD 23.
  • The following new pro-life legislators will serve starting in 2017: Dennis Linthicum (SD 28), David Brock Smith (HD 1), Ron Noble (HD 24), Rich Vial (HD 26), and Werner Reschke (HD 56).
“For years we’ve heard that pro-life candidates can’t win in Oregon,” said Gayle Atteberry, Executive Director of Oregon Right to Life.  “Last night, pro-lifunborn-lifee voters reminded the political establishment that this is not true.  We made a statement that pro-life candidates can win, even statewide, in Oregon, and yesterday’s election proved that to be so.  We look forward to working with Secretary of State Richardson and Oregon’s new pro-life legislators next year and beyond.”
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  1. Thought Right-to-Life would want to know that the Pro-Choice people are circulating a site on Facebook encouraging people to donate to Planned Parenthood and then gives the address of Mike Pence. They say to donate to Planned Parenthood in his name and then he will receive a thank you certificate from them. Unbelievable that people would do something like that to him knowing that he is very much Pro-Life.

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