Today, the pro-life organization National Right to Life announced its endorsement of Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Blair) in his quest to keep his seat in Pennsylvania’s 9th District.
“Bill Shuster has been a strong supporter of pro-life measures, including such landmark pro-life enactments as the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” said Douglas Johnson, National Right to Life Legislative Director. “Last year, Congressman Shuster voted to pass legislation to protect unborn children at 20 weeks, a point by which the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion techniques.”
Continuing in the vein of conservative voting, Shuster also voted against Obamacare, which created a national program of federal subsidies for insurance plans that cover abortion. Shuster also voted around 40 times in attempts to repeal the law.
“National Right to Life believes that all voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family should vote to return Congressman Shuster to Congress, so that he can continue to work to advance vital pro-life public policies,” added National Right to Life Political Director Karen Cross.
One of Shuster’s opponents, self-proclaimed Tea Partier Art Halvorson, has made it a point of his own campaign to say that Shuster is not conservative enough for the 9th District. Shuster’s campaign has responded to these claims several times, maintaining that Shuster is a proven conservative. It’s possible that the support of such a right-wing group will help Shuster’s case.
The National Right to Life was founded in 1968, with the addition of the National Right to Life PAC in 1979. It is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization.
In the 9th District, Shuster faces two Republicans, former Coast Guard Captain Halvorson and Travis Schooley, and a Democrat, Alanna Hartzok.