Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp Names Planned Parenthood Activist Kelly Loeffler to Open Senate Seat

State   Steven Ertelt, Micaiah Bilger   Dec 2, 2019   |   5:04PM    Atlanta, GA

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who is pro-life, is coming under fire today for selecting a Planned Parenthood activist as his appointee for an open Georgia Senate seat.

Kemp signed into law a bill the state legislature approved that bans abortions when an unborn baby’s heart begins beating. That what make his appointment of Kelly Loeffler to replace U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson so questionable. Isakson, a pro-life Republican, recently announced his early retirement due to health problems.

Before his announcement today, leading pro-life advocates urged Kemp not to pick Loeffler.

According to the Washington Examiner, pro-life leaders spoke out against Loeffler because of her close connection to abortion providers in the state.

“Kelly Loeffler’s position on the board of Grady Memorial Hospital, one of the largest purveyors of abortion in Georgia and a training ground for abortionists, should disqualify her from representing the state in the U.S. Senate,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

Leading state and national pro-life groups may very well support a pro-life candidate to challenge Loeffler in the Republican primary when the seat comes up for re-election.

But Governor Kemp defended his selection, saying the accusation he would name an abortion activist to the U.S. Senate is not accurate.

Loeffler is a co-owner of the Atlanta Dream women’s professional basketball team. The Examiner speculated that Kemp favors her because she “would affirm his support for women and diversity,” and she could “self-fund her races and keep the seat in GOP hands for years.”

However, Loeffler is considered to be a political moderate. She has donated to Democrats’ election campaigns, and her basketball team reportedly has supported the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

Her leadership at the Grady Memorial Hospital also has pro-life advocates concerned.

Tom McClusky, president of March for Life Action, told the news outlet before the selection that Grady is one of the top abortion performing hospitals in Georgia, and Loeffler sits on the board.

“She has donated thousands of dollars to liberal and pro-abortion Democrats,” McClusky said. “It would be hugely disappointing if Governor Kemp appoints her to a critical seat in the U.S. Senate. After the Senate gains made by conservative and pro-life candidates in the 2018 election, this would be a huge setback.”

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Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, and Tanya Ditty, a CWA vice president, told the Examiner before the selection that Kemp had better choices than Loeffler.

“Governor Kemp needs to know Kelly Loeffler would be the wrong choice for conservatives in Georgia and supporters of President Trump on several fronts,” they said. “Governor Kemp has a list of fantastic pro-life candidates. We hope he doesn’t pick the one the pro-life community will have to oppose.”

Dannenfelser praised Kemp as a strong pro-life advocate after he signed a heartbeat law to protect unborn babies from abortion earlier this year. She expressed hope last week that he would make a good choice to represent Georgians in the U.S. Senate.

“[Grady Memorial Hospital] abortionists are suing to overturn that landmark law and block the will of the people. This moment calls for a Senate candidate with outspoken public pro-life courage like that of the Governor,” she said.

President Donald Trump also urged Kemp to consider someone else. His recommendation is U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, a pro-life Republican who represents the state, according to the report.

ACTION: Contact Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to complain about his appointment.