Wisconsin Senate: Where Do Ron Johnson and Russ Feingold Stand on Abortion?

National   |   Karen Cross   |   Sep 13, 2016   |   5:53PM   |   Washington, DC

Every election year, National Right to Life publishes downloadable comparison flyers about the various Senate candidates. The downloadable version for Wisconsin’s “Where do the Senate Candidates Stand on Life?” is available here.

The candidates have very different views on abortion. Here is an overview of their positions on abortion-related issues.

Abortion on Demand

Ron Johnson is pro-life. He opposes abortion on demand, and supports protection for unborn children. He has maintained a 100 percent pro-life voting record during his entire term in the U.S. Senate.

Ron Johnson co-sponsored and voted to advance the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), legislation to protect unborn children who can feel pain by prohibiting abortion at 20 weeks, a point by which the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods.

In contrast, Russ Feingold supports a policy of abortion on demand, which allows abortion for any reason.

Russ Feingold voted to keep partial-birth abortion legal, and he voted to endorse Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand (Roll Call No. 48, 3/12/03).

Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

Ron Johnson opposes the use of tax dollars to pay for abortion.

In contrast, Russ Feingold voted to spend federal funds on health plans that pay for abortion on demand (Roll Call No. 369, 12/8/09).

Parental Notice Before Abortion

Ron Johnson supports requiring an abortionist to notify a parent before performing an abortion on a minor girl who has crossed state lines to obtain the abortion (Roll Call No. 64, 3/22/13).

Russ Feingold voted to allow minor daughters to be taken across state lines for secret abortions, without parental notice or consent (Roll Call No. 263, 9/30/06).

Protecting Babies Born Alive During Abortion

Ron Johnson is a co-sponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 2066), a bill to provide legal protection for babies who survive abortions.

Russ Feingold said that when a baby is born alive during an abortion, it should be up to the woman (with advice from the abortion doctor) to decide whether the baby should be killed.

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Obama’s Health Care Law

Ron Johnson voted to repeal Obamacare, including the provision that has resulted in federal funding of about 1,000 health plans that pay for elective abortion. He is committed to reversing the abortion-expanding and rationing effects of that law.

In contrast, Russ Feingold voted to enact Obamacare, which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion on demand, and imposes rationing of lifesaving medical care.

A downloadable version of the Wisconsin Senate comparison flyer may be found here.

LifeNews Note: Karen Cross is the political director for the National Right to Life Committee.