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June 30, 2010 at 12:47 PM

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Anti-abortion group attacks Rossi

Posted by Jim Brunner

Democrats have spent a lot of energy over the years portraying Republican Dino Rossi as a conservative extremist on abortion, accusing him of soft pedaling the extent of his anti-abortion views.

Now Rossi is taking a hit from the other side: a group of local anti-abortion activists is attacking him for failing to be pure enough in his views.

While Rossi generally opposes abortion, he has said he favors exceptions in the case of rape, incest and where the life of the mother is threatened.

A new group called the Washington Life Coalition has rolled out a video attacking Rossi's compromise.

The video, called "Little Emily," depicts a little girl who would "like to be hugged by her mom and be tucked snug into her own little bed."

But instead, the ad says, "they are going to execute her" at a Planned Parenthood clinic, because her father "has been accused of rape."

"And Dino Rossi says that's OK," the ad concludes. "Send Dino a message."

Mary Emanuel, a spokeswoman for the coalition, said abortion opponents are weary of Republican candidates taking their support for granted.

"I think for too long the pro-life movement has accepted compromises with the candidate for the Republican nomination," she said. "A lot of politicians take that pro-life label, but they don't really live up to what the label means."

While the ad doesn't mention any of Rossi's opponents, some of the activists behind the video are supporting Clint Didier, who they say has been clearer in his anti-abortion statements.

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