Louisiana Senator Won’t Run for Re-Election, Pro-Life Reps. May Run

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 15, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Louisiana Senator Won’t Run for Re-Election, Pro-Life Reps. May Run

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 15, 2003

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Louisiana Sen. John Breaux (D-LA), who has generally had a pro-life voting record during his tenure in Congress, has announced he will not run for re-election. However, two Representatives with strong pro-life voting records are looking at replacing him in 2004 — make sure pro-life advocates keep the crucial seat.

Breaux announced Monday that he will not run for a fourth term next year.

"There comes a time in every career when it is time to step aside and let others step up. For my family and me, that time has arrived,” Breaux said during a speech Monday.

Since 1997, according to the National Right to Life Committee, Breaux has had a 100% or near perfect voting record on pro-life issues.

During his career, Breaux has cast votes from time to time that have gone against the views of the pro-life community — such as opposing a provision preventing use of tissue from abortions in scientific research, voting against a motion to end debate on a bill upholding parental involvement laws, and supporting a campaign finance reform bill that would limit the political activities of pro-life and other political groups.

However, Breaux also had been one of a few Democrats, along with pro-life Democrats Zell Miller of Georgia and Ben Nelson of Nebraska, to consistently support President Bush’s pro-life nominees to various federal appeals courts.

Two of the leading candidates considering bid to replace Breuax have solid pro-life voting records.

Louisiana Congressmen David Vitter, a Republican, and Chris John, a Democrat, are both raising substantial amounts of money for Senate bids.

Vitter has had a 100% pro-life voting record since 1999. John, one of a few dozen pro-life Democrats in the House, has voted 100% pro-life on abortion issues, though he supported a campaign finance bill opposed by pro-life groups.

While Vitter would definitely vote to end debate and allow votes on Bush’s judical appointments, John likely would as well, bucking the majority of the Democratic Party.

Republicans hold a 51-48 majority in the Senate, with one Democrat-leaning independent.

The retirement of Breaux and several other southern Democratic senators gives Republicans a virtual guarantee that they will hold the chamber.

For pro-life advocates, the question is whether they will be able to move closer to the 60 vote filibuster-proof majority they need to bring up pro-life legislation and stop debate so pro-life judicial nominees can be approved.

Related web sites:
National Right to Life – https://www.nrlc.org