Democrats Elect Pro-Abortion Chuck Schumer as Senate Democratic Leader to Replace Harry Reid

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 16, 2016   |   12:02PM   |   Washington, DC

Senate Democrats today elected pro-abortion  Senator Chuck Schumer as the Senate Democratic Leader and also named an entire leadership team filled with abortion advocates.

Schumer is a longtime pro-abortion liberal with a 100% pro-abortion voting record and his election to replace Senator Harry Reid as the leader of Democrats in the Senate sends a strong signal to President-elect Donald Trump that Democrats will continue opposing pro-life legislation and may strenuously oppose his nominees to the Supreme Court.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has been named assistant Democratic leader, and she is one of the most forceful abortion activists in the Senate — frequently carrying water for Planned Parenthood. Pro-abortion Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) keeps the number two position as minority whip.

Schumer put his pro-abortion bona fides on display recently during the fight over Planned Parnethood funding in the bill to combat Zika.

The pro-abortion Democrat from New York apparently believes Planned Parenthood is the only group that has the god-like powers to single-handedly stop the spread of the virus across the Americas. Schumer was one of the Senate Democrats who blocked a $1.1 billion aid bill to combat the virus on Tuesday because it did not fund Planned Parenthood.

“Republicans can’t miss a chance to whack Planned Parenthood, even if their services are exactly what can help prevent the spread of this debilitating virus,” Schumer said, according to ABC News.

U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, however, exposed the Democrats’ actions as petty and ridiculous. He said the pro-abortion legislators blocked the critical aid funding merely because it doesn’t allow tax dollars to go to a few Planned Parenthood facilities in Puerto Rico. He said other health centers that offer comprehensive care would receive the aid money.

“A handful of Planned Parenthood clinics in Puerto Rico,” Thune said. “Seriously. This is what this is about?”

Schumer also tried to play a gotcha game with then Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito — only to find himself on the losig end of the rhetorical battle.

During a particularly terse round of questions on the second day of hearings on Judge Samuel Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court, leading pro-abortion Sen. Chuck Schumer took every approach possible to draw more information about his views on abortion. Schumer eventually found himself in an embarrassing moment with Alito telling him abortion appears nowhere in the Constitution.

Schumer, a Democrat, hoped to trick Alito into discussing abortion by getting him to discuss rights actually found in the Constitution.

SCHUMER: Does the Constitution protect the right to free speech?

ALITO: Certainly it does. That’s in the First Amendment.

SCHUMER: So why can’t you answer the question of: Does the Constitution protect the right to an abortion the same way without talking about stare decisis, without talking about cases, et cetera?

ALITO: Because answering the question of whether the Constitution provides a right to free speech is simply responding to whether there is language in the First Amendment that says that the freedom of speech and freedom of the press can’t be abridged. Asking about the issue of abortion has to do with the interpretation of certain provisions of the Constitution.

Schumer was flustered by the response and told Alito he didn’t expect the appeals court judge to answer his questions on abortion.

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