Updated at 8:50 p.m.: From the Associated Press:
Georgia Republican Party Chair Sue Everhart says GOP gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel is pro-life as far as she is concerned.
Handel’s stance on abortion came under fire earlier this month after she was the only Republican candidate for governor not endorsed by Georgia Right to Life.
Handel has said she opposes abortion except in cases of rape or incest or when the life of the mother is at risk.
Everhart told the Atlanta Press Club on Thursday said she isn’t concerned with the exceptions Handel listed.
Everhart also says that Georgia Right to Life President Dan Becker is not the voice of the Republican Party, and that as much of a third of the party could be pro-choice.
Errin Haines of the Associated Press adds these direct quotes from Everhart:
“I don’t care what her exceptions are. Karen’s pro-life. Mr. Becker is not the voice of the Republican Party,” Everhart said.
Everhart’s remarks were made at a forum that also featured Jane Kidd, chairman of the state Democratic party. The Atlanta Press Club session was moderated by Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM), who has posted this sound on the abortion exchange, well worth checking out.
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