Jon Kyl, the pro-life former Arizona senator, will complete the Senate term of Senator John McCain, who recently passed away after battling cancer. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who is pro-life, named Kyl as the newest Arizona senator to complete McCain’s term.
“I am deeply grateful to Senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and colleague of so many years. Every single day that Jon Kyl represents #Arizona in the U.S. Senate is a day our state is well-served,” Ducey tweeted.
Kyl, a former three-term senator from Arizona who retired in 2012, had been name-checked as a possibility to fill out the next two years until a special election is held in 2020, according to a GOP official familiar with the move. Kyl’s appointment also earned the stamp of approval from Cindy McCain, the late senator’s wife.
“Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John’s. It’s a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona,” McCain said in a tweet Tuesday afternoon.
Kyl is serving as the sherpa for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. The confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh began Tuesday morning.
Kyl will reportedly not run for re-election when the seat come up again in 2020.
Kyl is a welcome addition to the Senate as a strong pro-life voice who will support defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business. In fact abortion activists eviscerated Kyl during his previous time in the Senate for correctly pointing out that Planned Parenthood is little more than an abortion company. In 2017, McCain stood against one effort to defund the abortion corporation.
Kyl talked about the way in which Planned Parenthood is an abortion business and its status as such should make it ineligible to receive tens of millions in taxpayer funds from the federal government.
“Everybody goes to clinics, to hospitals, to doctors, and so on. Some people go to Planned Parenthood,” he said. “But you don’t have to go to Planned Parenthood to get your cholesterol or your blood pressure checked. If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.”
Kyl’s office responded to the criticism in a statement saying his remarks were meant to “illustrate that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer dollars, does subsidize abortions.”
But Planned parenthood’s own figures show Kyl was right in the sense that Planned parenthood is primarily an abortion business and, for pregnant women, abortion is the only option they essentially present. Kyl is correct because 97.6 percent of pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood are sold abortions while less than 2.4 percent of pregnant women received non-abortion services including adoption and prenatal care.