Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan Condemns Abortion: “I Certainly Agree” Abortion is Murder

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 21, 2021   |   4:37PM   |   Washington, DC

Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska confirmed Wednesday that he agrees with Pope Francis that aborting an unborn baby is murder.

CNS News asked Sullivan, a pro-life Republican, and other lawmakers Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol about the pope’s recent statement condemning abortion as “truly murder.”

“Pope Francis recently said that abortion is ‘truly murder.’ Do you agree with him?” a CNS News reporter asked.

Sullivan replied, “I’m a pro-life senator, so I certainly agree that it is.”

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The Alaska senator, a Catholic, has a 100-percent pro-life voting record from the National Right to Life Committee.

However, another Catholic lawmaker stumbled over his words and did not give a direct answer to the same question. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., a Pennsylvania Democrat who campaigned as pro-life, would not say if he believes “an unborn child killed by abortion is a human being.”

“Well, I’m not going to- I’m not going to comment on something the pope says. That’s, that’s- he is the holy father and he, ah, he speaks for the Catholic Church, but I’m not going to comment on his statements,” Casey told CNS News.

In September, Pope Francis criticized the “throwaway” culture that makes abortion seem “normal.”

“There is the waste of children that we don’t want to welcome,” he said. “It is really a murder.”

He added: “Is it right to eliminate, to take a human life to solve a problem? Is it right to hire a hitman to solve a problem? That’s what abortion is.”

Pope Francis repeatedly compares abortion to “hiring a hitman” to kill unborn babies, angering abortion activists across the world.

In the United States, nearly 1 million unborn babies are killed in abortions every year and about 63 million have been legally aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

Right now, Democrat leaders in Congress are pushing to expand abortions through radical pro-abortion legislation, including measures that would force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions both in the U.S. and in other countries.