Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, an ardent abortion advocate, announced today that he is retiring from the Senate and will not seek re-election in 2016. His retirement paves the way for pro-life advocates to elect a pro-life replacement in Nevada, where his seat would be a competitive race.
Harry Reid started his career in Congress as a supposedly pro-life lawmaker — voting often for pro-life limits on abortion in the years following Roe v. Wade. But he flip-flopped as he ascended the ladder to Democratic Party leadership in the Senate and turned into a reliable abortion advocate who voted in favor of a statement supporting Roe v. Wade and the 57 million abortions on unborn babies that have resulted from the Supreme Court decision.
“I have had time to ponder and to think,” he said in a video released by his office, referring to his recent time off as a result of an injury. “We’ve got to be more concerned about the country, the Senate, the State of Nevada than us and as a result of that, I’m not going to run for reelection.”
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“The decision they I’ve made has absolutely nothing to do with my injury, it has nothing to do with my being minority leader, and it certainly has nothing to do with my ability to be reelected, because the path to reelection is much easier than it probably has been any time that I’ve run for reelection,” he said.
The abortion advocate is clearly worried about republicans winning his Senate seat.
“We have to make sure that the Democrats take control of the Senate again. And I feel it is inappropriate for me to soak up all those resources on me when I could be devoting those resources to the caucus, and that’s what I intend to do,” he said in the video.
Reid’s retirement will pave the way for another abortion activists to lead Democrats in the Senate. Possible contenders for his leadership post include Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, Vice Chair of the Conference Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Patty Murray, the Senate Democratic Conference Secretary. each of those Democrats are stridently pro-abortion.
For Reid’s seat, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is a possible Republicans and Democrats may include former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, and former Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller.
Republicans have a sense that they could pickup the seat.
“On the verge of losing his own election and after losing the majority, Senator Harry Reid has decided to hang up his rusty spurs,” said NRSC Executive Director Ward Baker in a statement. “Not only does Reid instantly become irrelevant and a lame duck, his retirement signals that there is no hope for the Democrats to regain control of the Senate,” he added. “With the exception of Reid, every elected statewide official in Nevada is Republican and this race is the top pickup opportunity for the GOP.”
As LifeNews previously reported, pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid lost his position when pro-life candidates took over the U.S. Senate. This is very good for the pro-life movement because Reid has repeatedly supported pro-abortion President Barack Obama. He’s also refused to allow pro-life bills to come to a vote in the Senate.
Thomas Jefferson said that the care and protection of human life was the first order of business for any decent government, but Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has a fundamentally different opinion of the pro-life bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks. He called it America’s “worst nightmare.”
In 2013, after the passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R 1797) through the U.S House of Representatives, Reid said that we shouldn’t focus on “fringe issues” like late abortion. However, he failed to realize it is those who support late abortion that are on the most radical fringe of the pro-abortion movement.
Even Reid’s own Mormon bishop has taken him to task.
In November, Mark Peredes, a Mormon bishop, wrote in his blog, “Good Riddance to Harry Reid, the Mormon Senate Leader,” that his support of abortion rights runs contrary to church positions and are an “embarrassment”.
He elaborated, “Of all of yesterday’s election results, the one that made me dance a jig was the ousting of Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader. The Senate’s most powerful perch will no longer be occupied by a man who does not take his religion seriously.”