Republican candidate for Alabama secretary of state and current state Rep. Wes Allen, R-Troy, has received the endorsement of the Alabama Citizens for Life, one of the state’s largest anti-abortion rights organizations.
In a statement Thursday, ACL President Dan Gardner stressed Allen’s “100% pro-life voting record in the Alabama legislature” as a reason for the group’s endorsement, pointing to his co-sponsorship of the 2019 Human Life Protection Act, which sought to implement a near-total ban on abortions in Alabama. However, since its passage, a preliminary injunction on the act issued by U.S. District Court Judge Myron Herbert Thompson in late October of 2019 has prevented the act from becoming enforced law.
“I am honored to be endorsed by the largest and most dedicated pro-life organization in our state,” Allen said in a statement Thursday. “Life begins at conception and every life is precious. I am, and have always been, pro-life and that will never change.”
In the Republican primary for Alabama secretary of state, Allen faces Ed Packard, former state election director; Jim Zeigler, current state auditor and former member of the Alabama Public Service Commission for Place 1; and Christian Horn, former All-American football player and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Republican Club.
The Republican primary is scheduled for May 24.