Colorado Sen. Mark Udall voted for abortion almost 80 times during his tenure in the Senate, including voting against a bill to ban gruesome partial-birth abortions. During a debate in Denver last night, Udall defended his support for late-term abortions.
A moderator Udall the following question: “We know that you support a woman’s right to choose, but given the advances in scientific understanding of fetal development, where pregnant mothers know at which week babies grow fingernails and can swallow, would you support a ban on late-term abortions and if so at what week?”
Udall attempted to defend his pro-abortion position by saying a woman eight months pregnant has the right to an abortion in a case where her baby may have severe disabilities. He didn’t say he supports any limits on late-term abortions,
“To demand that that woman carry that child to term would be a form of government intervention that none of us want to see happen. We ought to respect the women of Colorado and their point of view,” Udall said.
Udall’s response follows on the heels of an interview in which he defended his position on partial-birth abortions. As TownHall reports:
Currently women in Colorado can choose to have an elective abortion up to six months into their pregnancy. The age of viability for a baby inside the womb can be as early as five months. Back in 2000, Udall voted against a federal partial birth abortion ban. In a recent interview with Fox 31’s Eli Stokols, Udall defended his vote and argued Roe v. Wade backs the extreme position that partial birth abortion should be legal. He implied that because partial birth abortions are “very seldom,” restrictions aren’t necessary. When Stokols specifically pressed him for his position on not only late-term abortion but also the legality of sex-selective abortion, Udall doubled down on his position.
“I support Roe v. Wade,” Udall said. “Roe v. Wade is long settled law. Roe v. Wade allows the states Eli to make their decisions about what the right balance is and we have the right balance here in Colorado.”
“As you know, partial birth abortion is conducted very seldom,” he continued.
Udall faces pro-life Congressman Cory Gardner, who has the support of pro-life groups.
Sarah Zagorski, the executive director of Colorado Citizens for Life, said: “Colorado Citizens for Life is proud to endorse Cory Gardner for U.S. Senate because his 100% pro-life record shows that he is dedicated to protecting the women and unborn children of our state. With over 14,000 abortions taking place in our state every year, it is critical that Colorado’s U.S. Senator is pro-life.”
During his tenure in Congress, Cory Gardner maintained a 100% pro-life voting record in the House. On 14 votes on abortion and pro-life issues, Cory Gardner has voted pro-life every single time.
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On 80 votes on pro-life issues related to abortion and bioethics issues, as scored by the National Right to Life Committee, Mark Udall has a 0% pro-life voting record.
“Sen. Mark Udall has consistently shown the people of Colorado where he stands on abortion. From voting in favor of unlimited abortion funding for businesses like Planned Parenthood, to refusing to support parental consent laws for minors, Udall holds an extreme abortion-on-demand view. His recent pro-abortion television ad, “Backwards” which features a little girl and her mother, shows the citizens of Colorado just how far he will go to promote his radical abortion agenda,” Zagorski said.
Zagorski continued: “Sen. Udall’s votes have not only hurt common-sense protections on human life, but contradict the beliefs of the majority of Americans. In a 2012 Gallop poll, only 41% of people identified themselves as ‘pro-choice.’ This is because nearly 42 years after Roe, we know much more about the unborn child and abortion. We know that abortion hurts women physically and emotionally; we know that abortion painfully dismembers a human life; and we know that the only difference between an unborn child and you and me, is their size and location.”