Here is Republican News Watch’s summary of Mark Kirk’s pro-abortion record as follows – and I couldn’t agree more:
“Mark Kirk voted NO to prohibit partial-birth abortion.
Mark Kirk voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions.
Mark Kirk voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime.
Mark Kirk voted NO on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info.
Mark Kirk voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad.
Mark Kirk voted NO on making it a federal crime to harm a fetus while committing other crimes.
Mark Kirk voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines.
Mark Kirk voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research.
Mark Kirk voted NO on an amendment that would stop federal taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood through the Title X Family Planning programs. Planned Parenthood received more than $350 million in taxpayer money from federal, state, and local governments in fiscal year 2007-2008.
Mark Kirk was the only Republican in either the House or Senate to receive a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood in 2008 and 2006.”
For anyone who wants to pretend the country isn’t moving right on abortion, the polls tell a different story. And consider this quote – brought to my attention by my friend Laurie Higgins – from the liberal Joel Klein in Time magazine:
“It’s possible that abortion has become less acceptable because of the remarkable advances in sonogram technology. We now can see, in perfect detail, the exquisite humanity that exists within the womb, especially in the later stages of pregnancy. Late-term abortions…are usually hard cases, sometimes the result of rape or incest or the discovery of severe birth defects. But they are, without question, the taking of a life.”
It’s not too late for any pre-mature supporters of Kirk’s candidacy to do the right thing and revoke their endorsement. There will be other candidates in the race who are far more deserving of Republican support.
©2009 John Biver