Bob Kerrey Misleads on Why He Opposed Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

State   |   Americans United for Life Action   |   Nov 4, 2012   |   4:02PM   |   Lincoln, NE

In the Omaha World Herald, Nebraska Senate candidate Bob Kerrey insinuated that the reason why he voted five times against the federal partial-birth abortion ban was because partial-birth abortion is unconstitutional.
“It’s an unpopular vote, in part, because it was misunderstood,” said Kerrey. “The Supreme Court has ruled explicitly it’s not constitutional.”
But, that’s only half of the story. What Kerrey didn’t say is that while the US Supreme Court did rule that 30 states’ partial-birth abortion bans were unconstitutional in 2000 (one of which was Nebraska’s own), it reversed itself in 2007 and now partial-birth abortion bans are “explicitly” constitutional.
The bottom line is that the US Supreme Court has spoken. Bans on partial-birth abortion are constitutional. Bob Kerrey voted five times against protecting the unborn from this atrocity. Period.
Nebraskans should be reminded that Bob Kerrey is a hard line abortion advocate. According to the Congressional Record, Bob Kerrey stated on the floor of the Senate during a debate with Rick Santorum on partial-birth abortion, “I support a woman’s right to choose. I voted yes on Medicaid funding. I think it is critical for me to support a woman’s right to choose for those people who cannot afford it. I supported Federal employees’ rights to use health insurance, and I supported rights of people in the armed services to reproductive services. I think I voted five times against your legislation or something to that extent, and a couple times to sustain the President’s veto.”[i]
These are the words of someone who does not care for the unborn, who firmly believes in abortion on demand. Bob Kerrey does not deserve another chance to be in the U.S. Senate.



[i] Congressional Record V. 145, Pt. 18, October 14, 1999 to October 25, 1999, page 26381