Sen. Kelly Loeffler criticized her Democrat opponent for using the Bible to justify the killing of unborn babies in abortions Sunday during a Georgia election debate.
The pro-life Republican senator is facing a high-stakes race against Raphael Warnock in January. The two runoff races in Georgia will determine if Republicans maintain their majority in the U.S. Senate.
During the debate Sunday hosted by the Atlanta Press Club, Loeffler slammed Warnock, a pastor, as a “radical liberal” who supports abortion on demand, ABC News reports.
“I’m not going to stand by and let Georgians not know who my opponent is, how radical his views are, and how he would fundamentally change our country. He’s out of step with Georgia’s values,” she said, later adding, “I’m not going to be lectured by someone who uses the Bible to justify abortion.”
Her comments referred to an August interview in which Warnock argued that his support for abortion is “consistent” with biblical values.
Responding Sunday, Warnock said he does not think the government should be involved in a woman’s “choice” to abort her unborn baby, CNS News reports.
“Listen, I have a profound reverence for life, and an abiding respect for choice,” Warnock said. “The question is, whose decision is it? And I happen to think that a patient’s room is too small a place for a woman, her doctor and the U.S. government. I think that’s too many people in the room.”
He continued: “But those who are concerned about life – and I certainly am – ought to be focused on the incredibly high rates of infant mortality, and maternal mortality in our country when compared to other developed nations. That’s something the government can work on, and I’ve been working on it my entire career.”
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However, Warnock does not share that concern for unborn babies, nearly 1 million of whom are killed unnecessarily in abortions every year. He believes in the Democratic Party platform, which supports abortions without restriction and calls for forcing taxpayers to pay for them.
He also refused to say Sunday if he supports court packing, according to ABC News.
“People aren’t asking me about the courts and whether we should expand the courts. I know that’s an interesting question for people inside the Beltway to discuss, but they are wondering when in the world are they gonna get some COVID-19 relief,” Warnock said.
When debate moderator Greg Bluestein pressed him on the question, Warnock again refused to give a direct answer, according to the report.
Meanwhile, Loeffler warned voters of how radical Democrat leaders’ agenda is – and how they could achieve their goals if they take control of the Senate.
“(The Democrats) want to radically change our country … We know the direction the country would take, and we’re going to continue to make sure that Georgians understand that our very way of life here in Georgia and across the country is under attack by the left,” Loeffler said.
“I’m fighting to make sure that the Republican majority is retained in the Senate, because we are the shock absorber for commonsense policies that bring Americans together, that lift everyone up,” she continued.
Because Republicans hold such a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate, Loeffler’s seat is key to stopping Democrats from expanding late-term abortions, forcing taxpayers to pay for unborn babies’ abortion deaths and packing the U.S. Supreme Court with pro-abortion judges.
After the debate, the Susan B. Anthony List slammed Warnock’s pro-abortion stance as “deeply disturbing.”
“Tonight Raphael Warnock once again attempted to use scripture to defend his extreme position in support of abortion on demand, up until the moment of birth, for any reason,” the pro-life organization said in a statement. “His radicalism is deeply disturbing and far outside the American mainstream. Senator Loeffler, by contrast, has used her platform to promote compassionate, popular pro-life legislation that upholds the dignity of life and protects women.”
Loeffler promised to defend unborn babies’ right to life in the Senate. She also recently donated part of her salary to several pro-life pregnancy centers in Georgia that help mothers who choose life for their babies.
“Unlike my opponent, I am 100% pro-life. I will ALWAYS defend the most vulnerable among us,” Loeffler said in November.
She has a 100-percent pro-life voting record. She co-sponsored the Pain-Capable UnbornChild Protection Act, which would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks on unborn babies capable of feeling pain, and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would protect newborns from infanticide.
March for Life Action, Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life and other leading pro-life groups are working hard to support Loeffler and U.S. Sen. David Perdue, a pro-life Republican who also is facing a runoff election against pro-abortion Democrat Jon Ossoff.