Nebraska Right to Life Reveals Bob Kerrey’s Pro-Abortion U.S. Senate Voting Record

Editor’s note. Former Pro-abortion Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey has made it official. He will file for the Democratic nomination for Nebraska’s open U.S. Senate seat to replace Sen. Ben Nelson, who is retiring.

Pro-abortion Former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey

“If Bob Kerrey had his way, partial-birth abortion would still be legal, given that he voted against banning it five times while in the Senate,” said Julie Schmit-Albin, Nebraska Right to Life (NRL) Executive Director. “Pro-life Nebraskans rejected Ben Nelson after his abandonment of pro-life language in health care reform.  They are not going to embrace Bob Kerrey whose voting record on this issue is more abysmal than Ben Nelson’s ever was.”

Below is a compilation from National Right to Life (NRLC) of Kerrey’s voting record in the Senate from 1989 to 2000 on NRLC scored votes.

During his two terms in the U.S. Senate (1989-2000), Kerrey cast three votes in accord with NRLC’s positions, while he voted against NRLC 70 times, for a career Senate score of 4% (four percent).

Kerrey voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act five times, and for NRLC-scored pro-abortion amendments to the PBABA twice. 

In 1999, he voted for the Harkin Amendment to endorse Roe v. Wade (10/21/99).

Kerrey consistently voted against limitations on the use of federal funds for elective abortions (for example, in the S-CHIP program and the federal employees’ health program).  He also consistently voted against measures to protect a parent’s right to be notified before an abortion is performed on a minor daughter.

In 1995 Kerrey voted with NRLC on the “Teen Mother’s Child Exclusion” issue, where NRLC opposed an amendment to a welfare bill that would have resulted in “state policies skewed toward pressuring pregnant teenagers to obtain abortions…”  In 1997 Kerrey voted with NRLC on two issues — the Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act, and on a Medicare-related vote on the right to purchase unrationed insurance.