by Steven Ertelt
December 31, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Gov. Haley Barbour named pro-life Rep. Roger Wicker today to become Mississippi’s new member of the United States Senate. Barbour selected the pro-life congressman to replace Sen. Trent Lott, who resigned earlier this month after serving first year of another six-year term.
Wicker will serve as senator until a November 4 special election to fill the remainder of Lott’s term and he plans to run for the remainder of the term.
Representing the Tupelo area, home of the American Family Association, in the House, Wicker has a consistent pro-life voting record.
This year alone, Wicker repeatedly voted against forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research that requires the destruction of human life.
Wicker also voted to keep the Mexico City Policy, which prevents taxpayer-funding of groups that perform or promote abortions overseas, and he voted against granting family planning dollars to Planned Parenthood.
The National Right to Life Political Action Committee endorsed Wicker in the 2006 elections and said he had earned a 100% pro-life voting record in the House.
“Your strong pro-life record has earned the support of all voters who are concerned with the right to life and the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family,” NRLC executive director David O’Steen said of Wicker at the time.
Wicker has been a vocal member of Congress speaking out on the pro-life issues and applauded the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the ban on partial-birth abortions.
“This is a victory for the sanctity of life,” Wicker said last April. “Partial-birth abortion is a gruesome and inhumane procedure that the medical experts say is never medically necessary. It has been used to take innocent lives, and I am glad it is now illegal.”
Wicker has also strongly supported bills to allow parents to be notified or required to sign off on their teenage daughter’s abortion.
“In a time when a parent must consent to his or her child taking an Advil at school, it is unconscionable that a minor could receive assistance in getting an abortion and not involve the parents of that pregnant minor,” Wicker has said.
Wicker replaces Lott, who compiled a strong pro-life voting record both during his tenure of 16 years in the House and after he shifted to the Senate in 1988.