Heading to the U.S. Senate is one of America’s strongest political fighters for unborn babies, Marsha Blackburn.
On Tuesday, Tennessee voters elected Blackburn to an open seat in the Senate. There, she promises to continue to be a fierce opponent of the abortion industry and a champion for unborn babies and moms.
She is the first woman elected by Tennessee voters to the U.S. Senate – “and a conservative woman to boot,” Blackburn declared proudly in her victory speech.
“Just as I said on day one of this campaign, I was running to take those values that we share and to work in D.C. on the things that you want to see done: more constitutional judges, lower taxes, less regulation, making certain that we protect life …” she said Tuesday night.
An eight-term congresswoman, Blackburn is well-known for leading the U.S. House investigation of the abortion industry’s alleged sales of aborted baby body parts.
Despite pro-abortion Democrats’ repeated attempts to dismantle the panel, Blackburn persisted in trying to discover the truth about the goings-on inside Planned Parenthood. Under her leadership, the panel concluded by making 15 criminal and regulatory referrals to state and federal authorities, seeking further investigations and possible prosecutions of five Planned Parenthood affiliates, three human tissue procurement companies, the University of New Mexico, and three other late-term abortion facilities.
“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 when the panel released its findings in 2017.
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In December 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice launched an investigation of the abortion industry in response to these findings.
Her passionate advocacy for the unborn also gained national attention in 2014 when she brought a picture of her unborn grandson to Capitol Hill. Displaying the ultrasound image before the U.S. Senate, she spoke out against a radical pro-abortion bill that could have wiped out nearly all state and federal laws limiting abortion.
“This is the wonder of science,” Blackburn said. “I could see his arms and legs. I could see him peacefully resting in his mother’s womb.”
Through the years, she also has fought to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood. One defunding measure almost became law this year, but the effort was narrowly thwarted by a few pro-abortion Republicans and so-called “pro-life” Democrats who voted against it.
Abortion activists repeatedly have attacked Blackburn for her work. They have labeled her a “Planned Parenthood antagonist” and “firebrand,” and tried to unseat her in 2016 as well.
“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 wrote when Blackburn announced her Senate campaign.
But the Tennessee Republican responded boldly to these attacks. In 2016, she blasted the radical pro-abortion group NARAL as “anti-life extremists.” NARAL claims to be “pro-choice,” but it attacks charities that provide women with pregnancy and parenting support.
“I know the left calls me a wing-nut or a knuckle-dragging conservative,” Blackburn said previously, 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.”
Blackburn has a 100-percent pro-life voting record and 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.
She received the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee and other pro-life groups.