Author: Steven Ertelt
June 20, 2019
Senator Ben Sasse, the author of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, went to the Senate floor today to condemn pro-abortion extremism that is well outside mainstream public opinion.
Senator Sasse’s remarks come a week after Senator Kirsten Gillibrand compared pro-life beliefs to racism and two days before Planned Parenthood hosts an abortion roundtable for Democrats, including Senators Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Warren, and Sanders.
“Today, the radical things that the nation’s largest abortion business wants are basically indistinguishable from the position of almost every Democrat running for president: Abortion — anytime, anywhere, for any reason, for free,” said Senator Sasse.
“Let’s be clear: These candidates are wildly and spectacularly out of the mainstream in American life. Gallup polling over the last two decades has consistently shown that a majority of Americans are opposed to unrestricted abortion access beyond the first trimester.”
“Slandering pro-life Americans as, in effect, Klan members and Nazis is a way of crushing debate. It’s a way of saying that these people — people like my mom (who prays outside abortion clinics), people like my daughters and my wife (who’ve spent a lot of hours volunteering at a crisis pregnancy centers), and people like the overwhelming majority of the Nebraskans that I get to represent — it’s a way of saying that these people are so morally repugnant that they don’t deserve a voice, they don’t deserve to be treated like human beings, they don’t deserve to be engaged in debate, they’re not people that you could possibly have reasonable conversation with them. This is crazy talk.”
“I have spent a lot of time with pro-lifers in my life— probably a lot more time than most of my colleagues who are going to be at the Planned Parenthood debate in South Carolina on Saturday. And I’ll tell ya, what you won’t find among these people is partisan caricature. What you will find are people who passionately are devoted to the dignity to every human being, no matter how small, no matter how small or how vulnerable or what disease they might have been diagnosed with. You will find a lot of Americans, young and old in the Pro-Life movement, who care deeply about women who are in need. You will find a lot of enthusiasm for the promising in vitro surgeries and for scientific developments in ultrasound and neonatal technology. You’ll find fellow citizens ready to advance the basic American commitment to life through the tools of dialogue, persuasion, and respect.”
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