FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2016
Contact: Mallory Quigley, [email protected] 202-223-8073
SBA List President: There is No Daylight Between Clinton and Kaine on Abortion
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to news that Hillary Clinton has selected Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) as her running mate, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following comment:
“Senator Kaine says he’s personally pro-life, but the abortion lobby has nothing to worry about. There is absolutely no daylight between Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton on abortion. Sen. Kaine has sponsored legislation to wipe out every state pro-life law on the books, and even opposed a common ground ban on painful late-term abortions more than halfway through pregnancy. Most tellingly, in the weeks he has been considered for the VP pick, he has refused to reiterate his previously expressed support for the Hyde Amendment.
Last month, for the first time ever, Democrats added language in their platform calling for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, bipartisan legislation that has protected the conscience rights of taxpayers by ensuring public funds are not used for abortion on-demand for decades. The new language is dramatically out of step with the position previously taken by several Democratic Senators, including Bob Casey, Joe Donnelly, Tim Kaine, Heidi Heitkamp, and Joe Manchin, who have all previously said they oppose forcing taxpayers to fund abortion.
“In Cleveland this week, Gov. Mike Pence said that ‘in so many ways, the Democratic Party has abandoned those it used to protect.’ That couldn’t be more true than when it comes to the abortion issue. The Democratic Party has abandoned their heritage, and has become completely intolerant on issues of conscience.
“Thirty-two percent of Democrats consider themselves pro-life according to Gallup, but these days even the slightest diversion from the modern-day Democratic Party abortion orthodoxy is punished. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are pushing the Democratic Party further and further to the extreme on abortion. We are confident that their position in support of abortion on-demand, up until the moment of birth, at taxpayer’s expense, will be rejected at the ballot box.”
While serving in the U.S. Senate, Tim Kaine has opposed common ground pro-life proposals including the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act limiting late-term abortion after five months. He also supports funding for America’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood.
The Susan B. Anthony List and its Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, spent $15.25 million in the 2014 election cycle to defeat pro-abortion incumbents and elect pro-life candidates to federal and statewide office. The SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.