Cory Booker Voted to Keep Abortions Legal Up to Birth, Opposed Late-Term Abortion Ban

National   Micaiah Bilger   Feb 1, 2019   |   11:51AM    Washington, DC

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has never been a moderate on the abortion issue.

He consistently has stood by the Democrats’ radical pro-abortion agenda, and rejected even moderate abortion regulations, such as a late-term abortion ban. All indications suggest he would continue to do so if elected president of the United States.

Booker announced his presidential run Friday, though he has been toying with the idea for years. Last September, he humbly told New York Magazine that “it would be irresponsible” of him not to run for the highest office in the land.

But his votes in the U.S. Senate have been irresponsible, to say the least, when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable, defenselessness lives in America today.

In January 2018, he voted against a bill to ban late-term abortions — a bill that would have saved as many as 18,000 unborn babies from abortions every year. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would have banned abortions after 20 weeks when unborn babies are capable of feeling intense pain.

The legislation had strong public support, but Booker and his fellow Democrats killed it. Fifty-one senators (48 Republicans and three Democrats) voted to take the bill up for debate, but 60 votes were required to overcome Democrats’ filibuster.

Commenting on the legislation in 2017, Booker told a pro-abortion women’s blog: “These are policies that hurt Americans, that undermine the quality of life, that makes us a nation where we see grievous actions going on as opposed to empowering women with the ability to make their own healthcare decisions … not some politicians in Washington who want to take away their rights to privacy and freedom.”

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He also called Republicans hypocrites for trying to enact protections for unborn babies while refusing to restrict gun rights.

“The irony of saying you are ‘pro-life’ and not wanting to do common-sense gun safety reform … that to me is outrageous,” Booker said when asked about the 20-week abortion ban.

But it appears Booker has been the real hypocrite. Back in 2013, when he was mayor of Newark, CNS News highlighted his conflicting policies about caring for unborn babies:

On Mayor Booker’s official campaign website, he states that he will, “Protect a woman’s right to choose, as well as her access to birth control; a woman’s health decisions must remain between her and her doctor.”

It seems pretty clear that Mr. Booker supports abortion access for women and does not want any limitations on a “woman’s right to choose” including chastising New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for slashing state funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

Despite Booker’s ardent support for abortion access, he curiously claims on his Senate website under “Strengthening Competitiveness, Ending Childhood Poverty” that he wants to, “Deliver seamless health coverage that starts in the womb to every child, with a focus on preventing costly chronic conditions before they develop.”

Strange; why would a man who supports abortion access openly push for providing healthcare coverage “that starts in the womb” when abortion activists don’t recognize a baby in the womb as a child?

The New Jersey politician also has worked closely with Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the U.S. Last summer, he held a rally with the abortion group to oppose U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

“Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination poses a clear threat to so many of the rights New Jerseyans hold dear, including the reproductive rights of women, voting rights, labor rights, and the right to quality, affordable healthcare,” Booker said. “We are at a moral moment in our country, and there’s simply too much at stake to stand idly by. We all must resolve to fight back against this nomination and cast our light by standing up and speaking out.”

Polls indicate that Booker’s radical pro-abortion policies are out of touch with most Americans, including many in his own party. According to a national poll conducted by Marist University, three in four Americans (75 percent) say abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. This includes most Republicans (92 percent), Independents (78 percent) and a majority of Democrats (60 percent). A May 2018 Gallup poll similarly found that 53 percent of Americans oppose all or most abortions.

According to the National Right to Life Committee, Booker voted on abortion 14 times during the course of his Senate career and voted pro-abortion every time. That includes votes to support killing babies in late-term abortions, to force taxpayers to fund abortions and to force taxpayers to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Booker also voted against both of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominees – Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.