Pro-Life Advocate Endorses O’Scanlon In LD13 Primary
Marie Tasy, Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life issued a statement last night refuting the “misinformation” being circulated by State Senate Candidate Leigh-Ann Bellew and her Bayshore Tea Party Group backed running mates in the 13th legislative district Republican primary.
Tasy was quoted in a mailer sent by the Bellew/Bayshore Tea Party slate as saying that Senator Joe Kyrillos voted in favor of partial birth abortion.
In her statement to MoreMonmouthMusings, Tasy went into painstaking detail to list Kyrillos’s votes against partial birth abortion. She said that bill cited in Bellew’s mailer that Kyrillos voted for, S1909, was a “bill filled with very technical, scientific jargon that was rammed through the Senate at breakneck speed.” The bill legalized embryonic stem cell research and cloning, NOT partial birth abortion. Tasy said that many Senators voted for the bill without fully understanding it. Subsequently, Kyrillos voted against the funding of embryonic stem cell/cloning research with increased taxes and bonding.
Tasy noted that Assembly Members Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon were not legislators when the partial birth abortion and embryonic stem cell/cloning research bills were voted on.
Tasy’s statement is particularly extraordinary because Kyrillos is pro-choice on abortion. Tasy said she is not defending Kyrillos, but setting the record straight on the misinformation campaign.
I am not writing to defend Senator Kyrillos’ record and well known position on abortion, but to set the record straight on the misinformation campaign that is being circulated regarding his voting record and the positions of Assemblyman O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Handlin. It should be noted that Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin were NOT in the legislature at the time these bills were voted on and therefore did not vote on any of these bills.
“It says a lot about our opponents who call themselves conservatives that someone as highly respected in the Pro-Life community as Marie Tasy would take the time to refute the misinformation in their literature,” said O’Scanlon, “This is further confirmation of what I’ve been saying throughout the campaign, Bellew, her running mates, and the Bayshore Tea Party Group’s leadership have no integrity.”
Neither Bellew nor Bayshore Tea Party Group co-founder Barbara Gonzalez responded to an invitation to comment.
Tasy’s statement can be read in its entirety below:
I am writing to set the record straight regarding some misinformation that is being circulated in mailers to voters in the the 13th legislative district. As the Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life, I have been actively involved in matters dealing with pro-life issues which the NJ Legislature has voted on over the years. One of these which I am very familiar with is the NJ ban on partial birth abortions which passed in 1997. The truth of the matter is Senator Joseph Kyrillos voted yes to ban partial birth abortions on June 16, 1997 (Bill A2409). He also voted yes to override then- Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s veto of the partial birth abortion bill on December 15, 1997. To his credit, Senator Kyrillos voted yes three times on two bills which would have required parental notification before a minor gets an abortion ( Bill A527 on June 24, 1999 and ACR2 on 6/28/01 and 01/07/02.) It is true that Senator Kyrillos did vote for a bill (S1909 on 12/15/02) that legalized embryonic stem cell research and cloning as did many Senators at the time who didn’t have time to fully understand a bill filled with very technical, scientific jargon that was rammed through the Senate at breakneck speed. Senator Kyrillos voted No on all subsequent ballot measures that were posted for a full Vote in the Senate which would have raised taxes to fund stem cell/cloning research through a multi-million dollar bond borrowing scheme (S2913 on 12/15/05, S2649 on 6/27/05 and S-1091 on 6/21/07). I am not writing to defend Senator Kyrillos’ record and well known position on abortion, but to set the record straight on the misinformation campaign that is being circulated regarding his voting record and the positions of Assemblyman O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Handlin. It should be noted that Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin were NOT in the legislature at the time these bills were voted on and therefore did not vote on any of these bills.
New Jersey Right to Life PAC is proud to endorse Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon for Assembly in this primary as we have done in past legislative elections. As the Republican Budget Officer on the Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblyman O’Scanlon has been a responsible, tenacious fighter for NJ taxpayers. He has been a vocal supporter of Governor Christie’s decision to eliminate $7.5M in taxpayer money from the state budget for Planned Parenthood while ensuring that funding for legitimate healthcare for women is preserved. Senator Kyrillos, Assemblyman O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Handlin have repeatedly voted against Democrat attempts to restore $7.5M in taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood which Governor Christie eliminated in the state budget. Again, to reiterate my earlier point, Assemblyman O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Handlin did NOT serve in the Legislature when the NJ partial birth abortion ban and the Stem Cell/Cloning bill were voted on and any implication in recent mailers by their opponents that they voted in favor of these measures is completely false.
Marie Tasy, Executive Director
New Jersey Right to Life