- Several pro-life groups have endorsed Republican Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler over Republican Georgia Rep. Doug Collins.
- Loeffler spokesman Stephen Lawson told the Daily Caller News Foundation that Collins has “repeatedly sided with special interests and voted to fund Planned Parenthood.”
- “Protecting innocent life has been a top priority from day one,” Loeffler said in a statement.
Republican Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler touted the endorsements of several pro-life groups in her bid against Republican Georgia Rep. Doug Collins for an empty Senate seat in November.
Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Loeffler to replace former Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson in December 2019, though President Donald Trump had reportedly pushed Kemp to pick Trump-supporter Collins.
Collins entered the race for the Senate seat in January, which the National Republican Senate Committee criticized as “stunning” and shortsighted. The Georgia representative, who did not immediately request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation, has expressed opposition to abortion throughout his time as a U.S. representative and has pushed for pro-life legislation on a number of occasions.
But Loeffler spokesman Stephen Lawson noted to the DCNF that Collins has also “repeatedly sided with special interests and voted to fund Planned Parenthood.”
“That’s shameful — and shows that he can’t be trusted,” Lawson said, noting that Loeffler has cosponsored multiple pieces of pro-life legislation in “just four short months.”
“With endorsements from National Right to Life, Susan B. Anthony List, Family Policy Alliance and others, it’s clear that Kelly Loeffler is the only true pro-life candidate in this race,” he added.
Abortion is not a victimless choice. We must cultivate compassion and practical support for women who find themselves pregnant under difficult or oppressive circumstances, and we must protect the most defenseless humans among us. pic.twitter.com/EQpkPS3JF9
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) June 4, 2019
Loeffler initially sparked pro-life anxieties over her position on the board of Grady Memorial Hospital. Activists, including the Susan B. Anthony List, expressed concern in November 2019 that Grady Hospital employs five abortionists and hosts the largest training program for abortionists in Georgia.
But the National Right to Life Committee, the Susan B. Anthony List and the Georgia Family Policy Alliance have since endorsed the Georgia senator, who said in a May statement that “every life is a precious gift from God.” (RELATED: Georgia Governor Brushes Off Pro-Life Warnings Against His Potential Senate Pick As ‘Ridiculous’)
“We endorsed Senator Loeffler in February of this year, and remain proud to stand with her for re-election,” SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser told the DCNF on Tuesday. “As a strong, authentic pro-life leader, her voice is needed in the Senate at this pivotal moment.”
“She is already using that voice as she passionately argued on the Senate floor against a Democratic filibuster of legislation to ban late-term abortions and infanticide,” Dannenfelser added. “We are looking forward to continue working with Senator Loeffler – she is serving Georgians well.”
Executive director of National Right to Life, Dr. David N. O’Steen, told the DCNF that the organization has a long-standing policy of endorsing incumbents with a 100 percent pro-life voting record.
“Kelly Loeffler voted for and co-sponsored both the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and is the lead sponsor on the Woman’s Right to Know Act,” O’Steen told the DCNF. “We believe incumbents like Kelly Loeffler who have stood by unborn children 100 percent of the time deserve to have us stand by them.”
Loeffler said in a statement that “protecting innocent life has been a top priority from day one.” (RELATED: Kelly Loeffler Claims Insider Trading Accusations Are Politically Motivated, ‘Designed To Distract’)
“In that time, I sponsored legislation to stop the abortion-on-demand agenda and to support the life movement in America,” Loeffler said, adding, “I am honored to earn the endorsement of National Right to Life and will work together to continue to defend the rights of the unborn and promote a culture of life.”
National Right to Life Committee President Carol Tobias said in a statement that though Loeffler is “new to politics,” she has “already become one of the strongest and most vocal pro-life advocates in Washington.”
“With a 100% pro-life voting record and a bold approach to fighting for the unborn against the pro-abortion agenda, she is exactly the type of conservative leader that will stand up for Georgia’s values and deliver meaningful results on the issues that matter most,” Tobias added in a statement.
“We are proud to endorse such a tremendous pro-life champion in Georgia’s race for United States Senate,” he added.
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