Pro-Life Catholic Wins Georgia Congressional Seat

Planned Parenthood funded opponent’s campaign

[Did PP use previously appropriated federal funds for the camapign?]

by Rodney Pelletier • ChurchMilitant • June 21, 2017

ATLANTA – Karen Handel, a staunch pro-life advocate and Catholic, has taken away Democrats’ hopes to take back a district they have not held for nearly 40 years.

Karen Handel, the Republican front-runner in Georgia’s June 20th special election, defeated pro-abortion Democrat Jon Ossoff in a congressional race that Democrats hoped would begin to tip the scales in their favor. As a successful businesswoman, Handel was Georgia secretary of state from 2007–2009, chair of a county board of commissioners and ran unsuccessfully for governor and the state senate.

The special election was held to replace the seat left empty in Georgia’s congress by Tom Price, who was appointed secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) by President Donald Trump. It was, however, a different kind of election as it was a runoff. In April, a total of 16 candidates ran: 11 Republicans and five Democrats. The two candidates who garnered the highest amount of votes would be the candidates for the special election regardless of party affiliation with both Handel and Ossoff coming out on top.

While Handel did not mention Trump much in her campaign, likely due to fluctuating public opinion about him, she does embrace many of his policies. Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan campaigned on her behalf, and Trump congratulated her on her electoral victory on Tuesday night.

This campaign is considered the most expensive so far, with Ossoff raising a record $23 million. After a stunning loss in the 2016 federal elections, Democrats are trying to take back state-level politics. They are hoping to reorganize legislative districts in their favor, claiming “we have a House of Representatives with a disproportionate number of Republicans.”

Planned Parenthood threw nearly $1 million dollars at Ossoff’s campaign due to an old animosity against the staunchly pro-life Handel. In 2014, she published a book, Planned Bullyhood: The Truth Behind the Headlines about the Planned Parenthood Funding Battle with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, where she documented her fight with the abortion giant.

In 2011, she was appointed senior vice president of public policy for the Susan B. Komen for the Cure (SBKC) foundation. The breast cancer charity was struggling with its relationship with Planned Parenthood due to a congressional investigation into the abortion giant’s dealings. Hande recommended the organization cut ties with the abortion industry to preserve the organization’s image, and in January 2012 the board agreed.

Abortion activists, however, engaged in a public smear campaign against the organization, and less than a week later SBKC capitulated and began funding Planned Parenthood again.

Planned Parenthood, however, received a trouncing in its response on Twitter to Ossoff’s expensive loss, commenting, “We won’t stop fighting for women,” while funding a rich, white man. One person commented, “You gave a million to the dude in the suit but the woman persisted.”

Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million in taxpayer money per year and has pulled in record profits of $77.5 million between 2015–2016.

Alexandra Desanctis at the National Review asks:

If money is really so tight over at Planned Parenthood — and if American women are truly in desperate need of life-saving care that they can’t get anywhere else — perhaps the abortion-rights group should think twice before dropping hundreds of thousands on insignificant political races, whether or not those races end in bitter defeat.

Father Frank Pavone, the national director for Priests for Life, exclaims, “Karen Handel’s victory is not only a triumph for the cause of life, it’s yet another well-deserved defeat to the death dealers at Planned Parenthood.” He continued, “Babies in the womb — and all Americans who value them — have another strong voice in Congress in Karen Handel.”

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