By Karen Cross, Political Director
Editor’s note. This appeared in the October issue of National Right to Life News. Please be sure to share with your pro-life family and friends.
Politicians can be slick. You have probably seen their ads, received their mailings, watched their debates, and maybe even had a campaign volunteer on your doorstep. And yet sometimes it is still hard to know where they stand on important issues. However, there can be no question where Democrats running for Senate in key battleground states stand on the issue of the Women’s Health Protection Act (also known as the “Abortion Without Limits Until Birth” Act by opponents). They have embraced a platform of unlimited abortion for any reason until birth, with the Women’s Health Protection Act as the centerpiece.
This federal legislation, a high-priority bill for the abortion lobby, the Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats, would enshrine abortion on demand in federal law and policies. Abortion advocates have marketed the bill as merely “codifying Roe v. Wade,” but, it goes way beyond Roe. It would also nullify nearly all existing protective state laws. It would prohibit states from adopting new protective laws in the future, even laws specifically upheld as constitutionally permissible by the Supreme Court. This includes broadly supported protections like parental involvement and informed consent laws.
Make no mistake about it: The so-called Women’s Health Protection Act is the most extreme piece of pro-abortion legislation to ever come before the U.S. Congress. And every Democrat running for Senate in a battleground state supports it.
Senators Mark Kelly in Arizona, Michael Bennet in Colorado, Raphael Warnock in Georgia, Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada, Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire, and Patty Murray in Washington, all Democrat incumbents seeking re-election, voted in favor the Women’s Health Protection Act.
Two other Democrats running for Senate, Congressman Tim Ryan in Ohio and Congresswoman Val Demings in Florida, voted for the legislation in the House.
In Pennsylvania, Democrat John Fetterman has been outspoken in his support for the bill. He tweeted, “The Senate failed to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. Now McConnell’s SCOTUS could have the final say on abortion rights in America. The right to an abortion is non-negotiable. Send me to Washington, and I’d be the 51st vote to codify Roe v. Wade.”
In Wisconsin, Democrat Mandela Barnes tweeted, “It’s time to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act – and vote out politicians like Ron Johnson who stand against it.”
In North Carolina, Democrat Cheri Beasley’s campaign website states that she “believes the Senate must take action to protect women’s constitutional rights. In addition to repealing the Hyde Amendment, she supports the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify Roe v. Wade and protect reproductive rights so that women can get the care they need no matter where they live.”
Democrats have confidently touted their support for abortion on demand on the campaign trail, hoping the issue will be a saving grace as they fight to retain their majorities in the House and Senate despite low approval numbers for President Biden and less than desirable economic numbers. Yet, polling conducted before and after the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision in June shows that a majority of Americans support commonsense limits on abortion. A recent national poll showed just one-fifth of respondents support the WHPA and the Democrat platform of unlimited abortion for any reason until birth.
Election Day is a little less than a month away. Early voting may already be underway in your state. Let no clever rhetoric or fancy advertisement distract from what is at stake in this election. If Senate Democrats are able to expand their majority, they will pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, and countless lives will be at risk. Life is on the ballot in November, and unborn babies and their mothers are counting on us!