CHARLESTON -- Dan Greear has received the endorsement of the West Virginians for Life Political Action Committee in his bid to become the state's next Attorney General.
Greear, a Republican, said he was honored and humbled by the endorsement.
"This is a personal conviction rather than a political statement for me," Greear said in a statement. "I believe we have a moral obligation to protect human life. This controversial issue is very simple for me and those who I surround myself with, abortion is wrong.
"When I ran for the House of Delegates I was endorsed by West Virginians for Life, and I have always encompassed the same position on abortion issues. I am proud to again receive their endorsement as I seek the Office of Attorney General.
"This endorsement sends a strong signal to Republican primary voters that I am the better candidate to represent our party against Darrell McGraw."
Greear faces Morgantown attorney Hiram Lewis for the Republican nomination in the May 13 primary.
Greear said he believes West Virginia voters take a strong stance against abortion.
"Your position on this vital issue tells a great deal about the type of person you are, and I believe most West Virginians would agree," he said. "I strongly believe that it is the duty of the Attorney General to uphold and enforce the laws passed by the Legislature."
Melissa Adkins, Executive Director of West Virginians for Life, explained her group's support of Greear.
"We commend Dan Greear for his record of support for the legal protection of the unborn," she said. "As a legislator, Greear was dedicated to protecting the sanctity of life. We look forward to Greear bringing that same level of dedication to the office of Attorney General."