Georgia senate candidate Raphael Warnock defended his support for abortion on demand Tuesday by declaring himself to be a “pro-choice pastor.”
Conveniently, the Democrat candidate did not mention that this “choice” is to kill an unborn child. Nor did he, a pastor, mention that the Bible recognizes unborn babies as valuable human beings and condemns the shedding of innocent blood as one of the greatest of all evils.
Warnock is challenging pro-life U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a high-stakes January runoff election that could determine the future of the U.S. Senate.
“I am a pro-choice pastor,” Warnock wrote Tuesday on Twitter to his 500,000 followers.
The Democrat senate candidate repeatedly has used his Christian views to defend his support for abortion, and he has the backing of the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood.
But his tweet quickly drew backlash.
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“This is grotesque. You don’t preach Christ or His gospel; you preach the shedding of the innocent blood of his children. How dare you use the name ‘pastor,’” Lila Rose, the president and founder of Live Action, responded.
Loeffler also called Warnock a “radical liberal” Sunday during an election debate, in part, because of his pro-abortion stance.
“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.”
Hot Air writer Ed Morrissey questioned Warnock’s strategy behind the tweet, noting that “championing abortion” is more likely to help Loeffler than persuade on-the-fence voters.
“Are Georgia voters ready for Christian homilies on the advantages of abortion on demand? Warnock and Georgia Democrats must think they are,” Morrissey wrote.
It’s true that voters tended toward more liberal views on abortion in the general election (50/43), but those are voters Warnock already arguably has. The runoff electorate is likely to look different than the one that handed Joe Biden a narrow win in Georgia too, since Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot any longer. One could argue that Warnock wants to fire up his own base by reassuring them that he’s not some kind of crypto-conservative, but … no one’s thinking that. At all.
The more likely outcome of a campaign based on championing abortion is to reinforce Republican turnout. And that’s something that Democrats already have to worry about …
Townhall writer Michael Brown responded by urging Warnock to talk to women who regret their abortions and former abortion workers who know the horrors of the trade.
“[Or] stand next to the remains of more than 60 million babies – the tiny limbs and eyes and feet and fingers and brains and hearts, with a disproportionate percentage of those remains being black – and say, ‘I’m a pro-choice pastor,’” Brown wrote. “And do this in the sight of a holy God who loves life, who loves justice, and who cares ‘for the least of these.’”
Warnock’s statements, his allegiance to the Democratic Party and alliance with radical pro-abortion groups suggest he would work to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions if elected to the Senate. A top goal of Democrat leaders is to end the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to fund abortions, a move that almost certainly would lead to more unnecessary killings.
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 them and packing the U.S. Supreme Court with pro-abortion judges.
Loeffler has a 100-percent pro-life voting record. She also co-sponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child 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.