Leading Antiabortion Group to Support Scott Brown, Calling Him a ‘A Senator Who Votes Pro-Life.’
The state’s leading antiabortion group said Thursday that it plans to support Senator Scott Brown’s reelection campaign, potentially undercutting the Republican’s effort this week to distance himself from his party’s support for strict antiabortion measures.
“We consider him a senator who votes prolife,” said Anne Fox, president of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life. “We have to take his word for it when he says he is prochoice. But what we’re looking for is someone who votes prolife, and he does.”
Brown said he would not reject the backing of Massachusetts Citizens for Life but reiterated that he considers himself a supporter of abortion rights.
“There are people of good will on both sides of the abortion issue, and Senator Brown welcomes their support, but he is prochoice and his record going back many years reflects that,” said Colin Reed, a Brown spokesman.
Still, Brown received the backing of Massachusetts Citizens for Life in his 2010 run for Senate and has sided with the National Right to Life Committee on four of its five key votes since he arrived in Washington, earning him an 80 percent approval rating.
The issue of abortion has suddenly become prominent in Brown’s race against Democrat Elizabeth Warren — and in races across the country — since Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin said Sunday that “legitimate rape” victims can somehow prevent pregnancies.