If there is one group of followers Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has behind him, it is the pro-life advocates across the state and country.
Today, the National Right to Life Committee today endorsed Cassidy in the US Senate race where he is up against incumbent, pro-choice Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).
“Louisiana is a pro-life state and Mary Landrieu’s voting record is far removed from those pro-life values,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president in a news release. “It’s time for Louisiana voters to elect a true pro-life senator who will provide a strong voice for the most vulnerable members of our society by electing Bill Cassidy.”
During Cassidy’s tenure in the House, he has been a strong advocate for the pro-life cause. He co-sponsored the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” – groundbreaking legislation to protect unborn children 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 techniques.
Cassidy also co-sponsored the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal subsidies for abortion and for health plans that cover abortion. This policy would apply both to longstanding federal programs and to the new programs created by Obamacare.
Rep. Cassidy also voted against Obamacare, unlike Landrieu, which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion on demand and will lead to the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments.
“I believe in the culture of life and will always advocate for and defend those who cannot defend themselves, the unborn,” said Cassidy in a statement. “Senator Landrieu’s record on abortion is the exact opposite. This is a question of Louisiana values. We value every human life, and as Louisiana’s Senator, I will work to protect the unborn.”
In sharp contrast to Cassidy, Landrieu voted to endorse the US Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortion legal, for any reason.
Not to mention, since her re-election in 2008, Landrieu has compiled a 100% pro-abortion voting record with the National Right to Life. Landrieu, though claiming to be “personally pro-life,” opposes the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
“For years, Mary Landrieu has tried to have it both ways,” said Tobias. “When she’s in Louisiana, she claims she’s ‘pro-life,’ but when she’s back in Washington, she votes against the pro-life cause every chance she gets. It’s time to retire Mary Landrieu and elect a true pro-life leader in Bill Cassidy.”
The pro-life movement is probably Landrieu’s biggest opponent in this election cycle’s Senate race.
The Louisiana Right To Life has essentially committed to an all-out campaign against Landrieu, slamming her in the Louisiana press for consistently voting pro-choice and for “politicizing” the issue, citing the report where Landrieu said Gov. Bobby Jindal was supporting pro-life legislation to further his own political aspirations.
The Louisiana Right To Life has carefully aggregated Landrieu’s support for abortion here:
- Since 1997, Landrieu has only voted for 17 out of the 62 pro-life pieces of legislation in the Senate, earning her only a 27% pro-life voting record with the National Right to Life.
- Landrieu, infamously, supported the abortion subsidies in Obamacare.
- Landrieu voted against a Senate amendment that would have eliminated tax subsidies for healthcare plans that cover abortion-on-demand under Obamacare.
- Landrieu opposed the Blunt Amendment, which would have prevented the HHS Mandate “from compelling groups, including religious schools and hospitals, to provide health coverage for drugs and procedures that violate their religious or moral convictions.”
- On parental notice of abortions across state lines, Landrieu has been inconsistent.
- In 2013, Landrieu opposed the “Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act” which would require an abortionist to notify a parent before performing an abortion on a minor that lives out of state.
- Lastly, Landrieu has not expressed support for the Senate version of a House bill that would protect unborn babies who feel pain at 20 weeks.