WILLIAMSON - This week, the political arm of the nation's largest pro-life organization, the National Right to Life Political Action Committee (NRL PAC), endorsed Republican challenger, Elliott "Spike" Maynard, in his bid for West Virginia's Third Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

"Recently your opponent, Congressman Nick Rahall, voted to enact President Obama's healthcare legislation which will provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and promote the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments," said NRL PAC Executive Director, David O'Steen, Ph.D., in a letter to Maynard.

"You are a strong advocate for life: you support pro-life legislation and you oppose the use of federal funding for elective abortion. We look forward to working with you to restore legal protection for innocent life – unborn children and medically disabled or dependent persons whose lives are threatened by abortion or euthanasia," O'Steen wrote.

Maynard is a former West Virginia State Supreme Court Justice and trial judge from Mingo County.

"West Virginians are conservative by nature, and overwhelmingly pro-life, so I am honored today to have the support of the largest and leading pro-life group in the country," said Maynard.

"As we said would happen, the huge government takeover of our healthcare system is being used to issue $160 million to establish government health plans that will pay for abortions in Pennsylvania," he said.

"President Obama signed a phony Executive Order, and Rahall said we were all living in "la-la land."

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