discusses that rank the 50 states in terms of their "pro-life-edness" and "pro-choice-edness." Tennessee ranks as one of the most pro-life states in the country, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone.
Anyway, here are the survey results
UPDATE: By total coincidence, I received an email missive from the Team GOP
people, who slam Bob Corker for accepting support from Dr. Frank Boehm, a locally (and I suppose nationally) prominent pro-choice doctor. If you're interested in more, click further...
Here it is:"Abortion doctor supporting Bob Corker"
While Tennessee Republican candidate for the US Senate Bob Corker has continued to raise moneyamong the political elites of both parties, his support has not fared as well among those living outside of Mr. Corker's hometown or those not belonging to the millionaire's club.
While millionaires often donate tens of thousands of dollars to buy access to candidates, one has to wonder why the so-called "pro-life" and "conservative" and "Republican" Bob Corker had a noted abortion expert and abortion doctor as a host for a fundraising event this week in Nashville for his US Senate campaign.
Dr. Frank Boehm, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Maternal/Fetal Medicine Division at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, is supporting Bob Corker for the US Senate.
In no way does TeamGOP.org mean to insult or belittle Dr. Boehm's lifetime of medical service, in fact we applaud all medical professionals for the job they do.
However, Dr. Boehm is also an opinion writer and frequent guest on political talk shows and programs. We believe the political agenda of Dr. Boehm demands more scrutiny. We believe it is fair and important to determine why a doctor who performs abortions is supporting a candidate like Bob Corker who claims to have changed his views on the abortion issue and now says he is "pro-life."
On April 15, 2004 Dr. Boehm was a guest on Liberal Washington DC talk show host Mark Levine's program and discussed his medical practice which includes performing abortions. Readers can click on the link to hear the program: http://www.radioinsidescoop.com/mt-posts-current/
On April 1, 2004 President George W. Bush signed into law the Unborn Victims of Violence Act; Dr. Boehm thought the new law was wrong and wrote his opinion in The Tennessean:
"I am, however, opposed to the new law because it makes it a crime to harm a fetus at any stage of development." Dr. Frank Boehm The Tennessean (04/27/04)
In 2004, Dr. Boehm wrote an article which appeared on a website called www.deathwithdignity.org concerning the very controversial issue of physician-assisted suicides.
The website is part of a pro-physician-suicide organization in Oregon. From its homepage, "The Death with Dignity National Center (DDNC) is the leader in this movement, successfully establishing, advancing and defending Oregon's landmark Death with Dignity Law and working with citizens in other states to propose similar legislation."
While writing that he personally objected to physician-assisted suicides Dr. Boehm wrote, "I must admit that Oregon's Death with Dignity law, which has allowed physicians to legally participate in helping patients die over the past six years, has been surprisingly instructive."
On August 17, 2004 in The Tennessean, Dr. Boehm argued for universal health care again through taxation on people and employers in an article entitled, "Stronger remedies needed to produce universal health care."
On August 25, 2004, Dr. Boehm wrote in the Vanderbilt newspaper, The Vanderbilt Hustler, a column entitled, "It's time to give universal health care a try."
Dr. Boehm wrote:
"[I]t is time for our nation to act wisely and structure a national health insurance program that ensures comprehensive health care for each and every American... Additional funds to pay for such a program could be raised by earmarking income taxes, payroll taxes, or requiring employer contributions..."
Dr. Boehm has the reputation of being a very decent man with sincere beliefs, but he is to the far left of the Republican Party and a majority of Tennesseans on many important issues.
One has to wonder why a pro-choice abortion doctor, who writes articles on assisted suicides and advances the notion of universal health care through higher taxes, would be supporting the supposed "conservative" Bob Corker.
The truth is no one really believes what Bob Corker says about his position on important issues, not even his thousand dollar donors. Bob Corker will say whatever he has to say or do whatever he thinks he has do to get elected.
While Democrats and some Corker supporters try to paint this organization as an extreme right wing group, it is not. We have no litmus test anyone must pass to be our kind of Republican, except honesty.
TeamGOP.org is opposed to Bob Corker's candidacy not because he is actually a moderate or a liberal on some important issues. TeamGOP.org is opposed to Bob Corker's candidacy because he is a phony.###ME:
I think TeamGOP is being disingenuous in the last graf. What have they shown is "phony" about Bob Corker? Because he gets support from Frank Boehm? (Boehm is a person who took some flak from his left when he came out in support of a ban on partial birth abortion, as I recall.) Did he ever say he wouldn't seek support from Frank Boehm? That would certainly make him a phony, but I doubt he ever did that. I find it interesting, in fact, that Sam Bartholomew is also a supporter of Corker. He's about as pro-life as they come. Why no mention of that?
By the by, Dr. Boehm gave money to George W. Bush too. Does that make George Bush a phony too? To the Team GOPers, I mean, not the people who already think Bush is a phony/dummy/Nazi/whatever.