Arizona Senate: Where do John McCain and Ann Kirkpatrick Stand on Abortion?

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

mccain-endorsement-graphicreEvery election year, National Right to Life publishes downloadable comparison flyers about the various Senate candidates. The downloadable version for Arizona’s “Where do the Senate Candidates Stand on Life?” is available here.

The candidates have very different views on abortion. Here is an overview of their positions on abortion-related issues.

Abortion on Demand

John McCain is pro-life. He opposes abortion on demand, and supports protection for unborn children.

In contrast, Ann Kirkpatrick supports a policy of abortion on demand, which allows abortion for any reason.

John McCain co-sponsored and voted to advance the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), legislation to protect unborn children who can feel pain by prohibiting abortion at 20 weeks, a point by which the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods.

Ann Kirkpatrick voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36).

John McCain supports the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act, a bill to ban a common and brutal method of abortion in which the living unborn child is torn apart limb from limb.

Ann Kirkpatrick is a co-sponsor of H.R. 448, a bill that, if enacted, would invalidate nearly all state and federal limitations on abortion.

Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

John McCain is a co-sponsor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (S. 582), a bill that would enact a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion.

In contrast, Ann Kirkpatrick voted to allow the use of tax dollars to pay for abortion (H.R. 7) (Roll Call No. 45, 1/22/15).

Protecting Babies Born Alive During Abortion

John McCain is a co-sponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 2066), a bill to provide legal protection for babies who survive abortions.

Ann Kirkpatrick voted against passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (Roll Call No. 506, 9/18/2015).

Government Funding for Abortion Providers

John McCain voted for passage of a budget reconciliation bill (H.R. 3762) that would defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, while Ann Kirkpatrick voted against it.

Obama’s Health Care Law

John McCain voted to repeal Obamacare, including the provision that has resulted in federal funding of about 1,000 health plans that pay for elective abortion. He is committed to reversing the abortion-expanding and rationing effects of that law.

In contrast, Ann Kirkpatrick voted for Obamacare, which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion on demand, and imposes rationing of lifesaving medical care.

A downloadable version of the Arizona Senate comparison flyer may be found here.

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