Pro-life Senate candidates have not shied away from defending unborn babies this fall or exposing their opponents’ pro-abortion positions.
On Tuesday, voters across the U.S. will have the chance to decide if the Senate will become a governing body that protects human lives or protects the abortion industry. Legislation with strong public support, such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, could become law with a few more pro-life votes in the Senate. But a few more pro-abortion politicians could mean the Senate would continue to block even common sense abortion restrictions, such as a ban on late-term abortions.
Pro-life Republican candidates Kevin Cramer in North Dakota, Josh Hawley in Missouri, Matt Rosendale in Montana and Mike Braun in Indiana could help bring victories for the unborn, if elected.
In the closely-watched North Dakota race, Cramer has called out incumbent Heidi Heitkamp for failing to fulfill her promises to be a political moderate.
Despite having said in 2012 that she opposed publicly funded and late-term abortions, Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp voted against the 20-week abortion ban in January and has voted several times to continue federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Unsurprisingly, Heitkamp earned herself a 100 percent rating on Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s 2018 congressional scorecard.
But with her votes on the issue, she also earned herself a formidable challenger. Republican Kevin Cramer, North Dakota’s at-large congressman, told National Review in June that Heitkamp’s vote against the 20-week ban was one of the key reasons he decided to jump in the race even after having announced that he wouldn’t do so. Cramer says that following Heitkamp’s vote — and her apparent high-five with Chuck Schumer directly after the pro-life bill was defeated — his office was inundated with calls from constituents demanding that he challenge her.
In Indiana, incumbent Joe Donnelly did vote in favor of a 20-week abortion ban earlier this year, but in all other matters, he has not lived up to his promise to be a pro-life Democrat. For example, his votes helped to block bills to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood of hundreds of millions of tax dollars.
His Republican challenger, Mike Braun, promised to be 100-percent pro-life.
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One week ago in the last debate of the Indiana Senate race, for example, Republican businessman Mike Braun hammered Democratic senator Joe Donnelly for his voting record on abortion. “When it comes to the sanctity of life, you cannot say you’re pro-life and have your voting record,” Braun told his competitor. “I’m the one that’s being endorsed by the Indiana Right to Life. Susan B. Anthony [List] has knocked on 500,000 doors for me. The National Right to Life is endorsing me. They give Joe an ‘F’ grade.”
Josh Hawley in Missouri and Matt Rosendale in Montana have promised to vote pro-life as well. They are challenging pro-abortion Democrats Claire McCaskill and Jon Tester, both of whom voted against the 20-week late-term abortion ban.
These pro-abortion senators do not represent their constituents on abortion. Polls repeatedly have confirmed that most Americans support restrictions on late-term abortions. A 2016 poll by the Polling Company Inc./WomenTrend found that 64 percent of voters support the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Support was even stronger among women and Millennials: 67 percent of women and 78 percent of young voters said they would support the legislation.
Americans will have the opportunity to decide Tuesday whether they want our country to continue to be radically pro-abortion and allow abortions for any reason up to birth, or to begin to protect unborn babies and mothers from the violence of abortion.