By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Less than a month ago, U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr., a Democrat from Pennsylvania, sent a message to a constituent declaring himself pro-life:
“I am a pro-life public official. I believe that life begins at conception, and that the role of government is to protect, enrich and value life for everyone, at every moment, from beginning to end.”
Yet, when a critical vote came up this week, Casey caved. Big time. He voted against not one, not two, but three pro-life amendments.
Those amendments included the Lankford Amendment, barring federal funding for abortion and providing conscience protections. In other words, the amendment supported the long-standing Hyde Amendment, dealing with taxpayer funds for abortion, and the Weldon Amendment, dealing with conscience rights.
The other two amendments Casey voted against would have banned late-term abortions after 20 weeks (the Kennedy Amendment) and would have protected preborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome from abortion (the Inhofe Amendment).
Incredibly, in correspondence to a constituent less than a month ago, Casey voiced support for Hyde.
“Because I am pro-life, I believe we must continue the status quo of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortion. Since 1976, this country has kept these funding restrictions in place in the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill and in other appropriations, such as the Financial Services bill, which covers the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. Consistent with this belief, I have also supported legislation to ‘codify’ the Hyde Amendment. Such legislation would make the Hyde Amendment permanent, rather than continuing to deal with this matter every year through the appropriations process.”
Casey clearly broke his promise to the people of Pennsylvania. He put forth pro-life platitudes, but when it came to an actual vote, he betrayed preborn babies and their mothers.
One wonders what his late father, pro-life champion Robert Casey, Sr., former Governor of Pennsylvania, would think of his pro-abortion flip-flop.
Robert Casey, Sr. once said, “Our moral, religious, and political traditions are united in their respect for the dignity of human life.”
His son not only has broken with tradition—he has broken the hearts of Pennsylvanians who long for justice for the preborn.