Gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard is being supported by several pro-life leaders in Illinois over the other obvious pro-lifer, Bill Brady.
(One other candidate claiming to be pro-life, Dan Rutherford, appears not not to be courting the pro-life vote and did not answer Illinois Family Institute's questions pertaining to comprehensive sex ed and regulating abortion clinics.)
Certainly, I understand the need to coalesce around one pro-life candidate in order to counter Bruce Rauner.
But Dillard is not the one. His voting record as state senator is certainly not one of being consistently pro-life.
I've written before of Dillard's support for embryonic stem cell research, his ambiguity on comprehensive sex ed, and his infamous support of pro-abortion/pro-infanticide Barack Obama for president.
There is more to add to the list of pro-life concerns.
In October 2013 Dillard was the sole Republican to vote in committee in favor of Human Rights Commission appointee Terry Cosgrove. Cosgrove is well-known to pro-lifers as the president and CEO of Personal PAC, Illinois' largest pro-abortion political action committee.
While Dillard later voted against Cosgrove on the floor, and may have ready excuses for his committee vote, it is never the right time to do the wrong thing. Cosgrove was confirmed.
Just last month Dillard would not commit to defunding Planned Parenthood. In fact, it appears Dillard opposes defunding the abortion behemoth. His spokesman told the State Journal-Register, “Funding for Planned Parenthood would not be exempted from consideration. However, he does not support cutting funding altogether for a program that does provide needed medical services for many poor and disadvantaged residents of Illinois.”
Dillard also serves as a board member for the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, which the Chicago Archdiocese has disavowed for its pro-abortion agenda and for promoting "an understanding of sexuality that is incompatible with Catholic teaching." The Archdiocese also took issue with Robert Crown Center's affiliation with Planned Parenthood.
The only candidate in the governor's race who is across-the-board pro-life is Bill Brady.
Brady came within a fraction of a percent of beating Democrat Governor Pat Quinn in 2010, at a time when Quinn was still popular with Democrats, which is no longer the case. Brady can win it this time.