Pro-abortion Republicans are becoming as rare as pro-life Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Politico reports the only two Republican Congressmen with pro-abortion voting records are retiring this year: U.S. Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey.
Both Dent and Frelinghuysen have mixed voting records on pro-life issues, sometimes siding with abortion activists on key votes, according to the National Right to Life Committee. Recently, both opposed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies feel pain.
According to the news outlet, their retirements “mark the end of the line for abortion rights supporters” among House Republicans. No pro-abortion Republicans are running for House seats this fall, the report states.
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The elimination of the last House GOP members to support abortion rights stands to have far-reaching effects, ranging from intensifying the partisan battles around government spending to making it significantly harder for those who hold moderate positions on abortion to get elected to Congress — from either party. As long as one party is in lockstep on the issue, the pressure will mount on the other to follow. …
For Republicans, the departure of the last abortion rights supporters in the House will be most noticeable during fights over government spending measures — bills that have become cannon fodder in the abortion wars over funding of Planned Parenthood and more recently, the Title X family planning program.
This week, the pro-abortion group Republican Majority for Choice, which supported pro-abortion Republican candidates, announced it is closing down after 30 years, according to the report.
In the U.S. Senate, two Republicans Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, and Susan Collins, of Maine, also have pro-abortion voting records. Both voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and efforts to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood of nearly half a billion tax dollars.
While the Democrat Party has grown radically pro-abortion, the Republican Party has been increasingly dedicated to protecting unborn babies’ right to life. The Republican Party Platform states “that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.” It calls for an end to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses, as well as a ban on the use of aborted babies’ body parts in research.