Pro-Life Republican Chuck Hagel Could Announce Presidential Bid Monday

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 8, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 8
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel will address the media at a news conference on Monday and there’s a good chance he could be announcing a bid to capture the Republican nomination for president. Hagel is pro-life and has voted to oppose both abortion and embryonic stem cell research funding in Congress.

The senator, who is known mostly because of his staunch position against the war in Iraq, says he will announce his "future plans" on Monday.

Hagel’s aides would not confirm to CNN whether the senator would be announcing a presidential campaign but he is slated to attend a presidential candidate forum sponsored by the International Association of Firefighters next week.

According to the National Right to Life Committee, Hagel has a very strong pro-life voting record having voted 100% pro-life on abortion issues since 1997 on dozens of votes over the years. Those include votes on promoting abortion or funding it with taxpayer funds in a variety of situations.

Hagel voted against a bill to overturn President Bush’s limits on forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research and voted repeatedly against a Senate resolution endorsing Roe v. Wade.

“I do not support using taxpayer dollars for the destruction of human embryos," he said after the July 2006 vote and added that he supports alternatives like adult stem cell research and "ways to harvest stem cell lines without destroying human embryos."

"In 2001, I supported the decision President Bush made to allow federally funded stem cell research to proceed only under strict guidelines which will not result in the destruction of any additional human embryos," he explained. "I will support President Bush’s veto of this legislation."

He has also voted for a ban on partial-birth abortion, protecting pregnant women like Laci Peterson and their unborn children, and voting repeatedly to uphold parental involvement laws and prohibit other adults from taking teens to another state for a secret abortion.

About the latter bill, Hagel said, “State parental notification and consent laws have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court."

"These responsible state laws should not be circumvented by those who would take a young girl across state lines for an abortion. It is in the interest of a young pregnant daughter to have parental involvement in their medical decision," he added.