U.S. Senate appointee Kelly Loeffler responded to concerns about her abortion views Wednesday, saying that she will vote to protect unborn babies’ lives.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a pro-life Republican, appointed Loeffler to fill an open U.S. Senate seat this week after U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson announced his early retirement due to health problems.
Pro-life leaders urged Kemp not to appoint Loeffler because of her ties to pro-abortion groups, including the Grady Memorial Hospital, one of the largest abortion providers in the state. However, he did anyway.
On Wednesday at the Georgia State Capitol, Loeffler told voters that she will vote pro-life, CBS News reports.
“Not every strong woman in America is a liberal,” she said. “Many of us are conservatives, and proud of it.”
Loeffler said she will support a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy when unborn babies are capable of feeling pain. She said she believes “abortion on demand is immoral,” according to the report.
“When it comes to protecting innocent life, I look to God because every life is a blessing,” she said.
Last week, pro-life leaders expressed strong concerns about Loeffler because of her leadership at Grady Memorial Hospital and her connections to the WNBA.
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Tom McClusky, president of March for Life Action, said 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 prior to Kemp’s announcement. “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.”
“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,” added Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
They also said her co-ownership of the Atlanta Dream women’s professional basketball team is a cause for concern. The WNBA partners with Planned Parenthood, a billion-dollar abortion chain that aborts approximately 330,000 unborn babies every year.
Last week, President Donald Trump also urged Kemp to consider someone else. His recommendation was U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, a pro-life Republican who represents the state.
Kemp formally announced Loeffler as his choice Wednesday morning. In her acceptance speech, Loeffler insisted that she is a strong, conservative Republican who shares the party’s values.
“I haven’t spent my life trying to get to Washington. But here’s what folks are gonna find out about me: I’m a lifelong conservative. Pro-Second Amendment. Pro-military. Pro-wall. And pro-Trump,” Loeffler said during the event. “I make no apologies for my conservative values, and will proudly support President Trump’s conservative judges.”