Planned Parenthood Arch-Enemy Marsha Blackburn Announces Campaign for U.S. Senate

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 6, 2017   |   2:18PM   |   Washington, DC

Some of the abortion industry’s worst enemies are the women leaders who fight so strongly for the rights of unborn babies.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee is one of them.

On Thursday, the pro-life Republican leader announced plans to run for U.S. Senate in 2018, according to The Hill. U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who currently holds the seat, is retiring.

“I know the left calls me a wing-nut or a knuckle-dragging conservative,” Blackburn said in her announcement video, CNN reports. “And you know what? I say, that’s all right, bring it on. I’m 100-percent pro-life. I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts, thank God.”

The pro-abortion blog Rewire quickly responded by blasting Blackburn as a “Planned Parenthood antagonist” and “firebrand.”

“A Blackburn victory would elevate one of the GOP’s most proactive abortion rights opponents from the tempestuous U.S. House of Representatives to the traditionally more even-keeled Senate,” pro-abortion writer Christine Grimaldi worried.

The Tennessee Republican has established herself as a champion for the rights of unborn babies in Washington, D.C. The eight-term congresswoman has a 100-percent pro-life voting record, and she has spoken out strongly for the rights of unborn babies on the U.S. House floor numerous times.

Most recently, she chaired the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives, which investigated Planned Parenthood’s sales of aborted baby body parts.

In January, the committee sent numerous criminal and regulatory referrals to federal and state officials regarding Planned Parenthood and other groups involved in the baby body parts trade.

Under Blackburn’s leadership, the panel found evidence that several tissue procurement companies and abortion clinics may have violated federal laws prohibiting the sale of human fetal tissue. The panel recommended that 15 entities be potentially criminally prosecuted for their actions.

“It is my hope that our recommendations will result in some necessary changes within both the abortion and fetal tissue procurement industries. Our hope is that these changes will both protect women and their unborn children, as well as the integrity of scientific research,” Blackburn said in January.

She also has sponsored and co-sponsored a number of pro-life bills. Back in 2013, she sponsored the first pro-life bill of the 113th Congress, which would have defunded Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses of taxpayer dollars. The move came after a Planned Parenthood lobbyist publicly endorsed post-birth abortions, or infanticide. She also co-sponsored a bill to provide more support for pregnant and parenting moms who choose life for their unborn babies.

In addition, Blackburn served on a Pro-Life Coalition that Donald Trump established while still a candidate. The coalition provided Trump with guidance on pro-life issues, including bans on taxpayer funding for abortion and late-term abortion.

Abortion activists fear strong, female leaders like Blackburn because they demonstrate that women are strong, capable leaders who do not need Planned Parenthood or the ability to abort their unborn babies to succeed.