A series of U.S. Senate votes this week made it clear where Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey’s true priorities lie.
Casey, who describes himself as a pro-life Democrat, has been raising questions about his commitment to unborn babies in recent years, especially after he attended a pro-abortion fundraising event in 2019 and received campaign donations from pro-abortion groups.
Now, it is clear that his loyalties are with the Democratic Party and its allies in the abortion industry, not voters.
This week, he voted with all Senate Democrats – minus one – against an amendment to prohibit taxpayer funding for abortions in a multi-trillion dollar infrastructure bill. The pro-life amendment passed 50-49 because U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, joined Republicans in supporting the measure.
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It appears that Manchin now is the only pro-life Democrat left in the U.S. Senate.
Also this week, Casey voted with his party against an amendment to prohibit late-term abortions on pain-capable unborn babies after 20 weeks of pregnancy as well as another to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from discrimination.
“It is a sad day. Senator Casey has officially sold his soul to the abortion lobby voting for abortion funding, killing viable preborn infants after 20 weeks, and voting to allow ending the lives of children with down syndrome,” said Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life. “What would his father say?”
Casey’s father, Bob Casey Sr., was a Democratic governor of Pennsylvania and a strong advocate for life.
However, the junior Casey has abandoned his promises to voters. His voting record on the issue has been mixed for years. Among other things, Casey voted to support taxpayer funding for the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood, which does about 40 percent of all abortions in the U.S.
Until this week, though, Casey sometimes voted pro-life on bills like the 20-week ban and the Hyde Amendment. He often has said he opposes abortion, and in 2018, he campaigned for re-election on the platform of being pro-life.
Day said Democrats for Life endorsed Casey when he ran for U.S. Senate in 2006, thinking he would follow his father’s legacy and integrity in advocating for unborn babies’ right to life.
In recent years, however, she said his actions have raised serious questions about his commitment to life. Day pointed to Casey’s attendance at a 2019 fundraiser for EMILY’s List, a group focused on electing pro-abortion candidates to office. Afterward when Day met with Casey, she said he gave her “excuses” about wanting to “help elect more Democrats.”
Day said Casey’s actions this week will do the opposite, noting how widely unpopular late-term abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions are among the American people.
“His votes will assist Republicans to win more seats in the mid-terms since a majority of Americans oppose his radical positions on abortion,” Day said. “There has to be something more to his drastic change from opposition to abortion to unreserved support for abortion.
“I have requested a meeting with Senator Casey to gain an understanding of what he meant when he said he was still with us on [the Hyde Amendment],” Day continued. “He cannot call himself a pro-life Democrat and not give the even most basic protections to the unborn. There really is no justification I can think of for his votes. I am eager to hear what he was to say.”
The Hyde Amendment has prohibited taxpayer funding for elective abortions in Medicaid and other federal programs for more than 40 years. It is credited with saving about 2.5 million babies’ lives, but President Joe Biden and Democrat leaders are trying to get rid of it.
Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortions.
Maria Gallagher, legislative director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, also criticized Casey this week for breaking his promises to voters.
“News reports indicate that @SenBobCasey voted against the Lankford Amendment, which contains the same protections as the Hyde Amendment, barring tax funding of abortion,” Gallagher wrote on Twitter. “This was after the senator sent correspondence to constituents, assuring his support for Hyde. Heartbreaking.”
The Democratic Party and its allies in the abortion industry quietly began pushing out pro-life Democrats a few years ago or demanding that they conform to a radical pro-abortion agenda. Some have left, others like Casey have conformed, and some, including former Congressman Dan Lipinski of Illinois, have lost to radical pro-abortion Democrats backed by leftist big-money groups.
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