EUGENE, Ore. — A Republican Senate candidate is getting criticized by both pro-choice and pro-life advocates.
Groups from both sides showed up to to confront Monica Wehby as she stopped in Eugene Saturday for a fundraiser. Although both groups stand on opposite sides on the abortion debate, advocates were both at the Valley River Inn holding signs and demanding answers. They want Monica Wehby to clarify her stance on abortion.
According to a story with the Baker City Herald from January 24, Wehby says she’s pro-life, but is quoted saying abortion is “…a personal decision between a woman and her family, not a woman and the federal government.”
Protesters say that answer is too vague.
“She’s a pro-choice Republican candidate for Senate and we don’t want any pro-choice candidates elected,” said Connor York with Oregon State University Students for Life.
radosta “Women should be the ones to make their own personal medical decisions, not politicians, and it’s crucially important that people know where Monica Wehby stands on women’s health because she has not made that clear at all,” said Jimmy Radosta, communications and marketing director with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.
According to Wehby’s website, she is in Portland Saturday night at a fundraiser dinner. She hopes to challenge U.S. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley.
Both groups also say she’s working with Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, a strong pro-life advocate.
We reached out to Wehby’s campaign managers at the Valley River Inn but they said she was not interested in making a statement.