Florida voters want to know why Sen. Nelson wonít protect babies from late-term abortion


Priests for Life

July 26, 2018


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           

Contact:  Leslie Palma - 732-757-9087

TITUSVILLE, FL -- Constituents of Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson are calling his district offices and asking why he chose not to vote when a bill came before the Senate to protect babies from painful abortions in the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth months of pregnancy.

In January of this year, the Senate had a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The vote was a “cloture” vote, that is, a vote to end debate and bring the measure to a final vote. Most Senators voted for cloture. Senator Nelson did not vote at all.

Now, Florida voters are calling his offices in Washington and across the state, in response to an action alert sent out by Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. The international pro-life ministry is now headquartered in Titusville.

In January’s vote, sixty votes were needed to bring the bill to the floor for a vote, but only 51 senators, including Sen. Marco Rubio, voted yes. Babies continue to suffer the excruciating agony of late-term abortion as a result of the Senate’s failure to enact this bill, which President Trump is willing to sign.

“We know that Sen. Nelson has a pro-abortion voting record,” Father Pavone said. He noted that the Planned Parenthood Action Fund rates his voting record over the last six years at 100 percent, while National Right to Life rates his lifetime voting record at 2 percent. Nelson repeatedly voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in 2003 and supported an amendment that would have killed the Act, which ultimately was enacted despite his best efforts. He also voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in 2015.

“In the 2016 elections, a large portion of the electorate said that abortion was a determining factor in their vote. And particularly on the issue of late-term abortion, even most Democrats and self-described ‘pro-choice’ voters want to see those babies protected. It’s hard to imagine why someone would not want them to be protected, and not being able to decide is just as bad as deciding ‘no.’ We need public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public.

“Senator Nelson is apparently OK with healthy babies of healthy mothers being killed in the womb even in the latest stages of pregnancy. But if he is, he should vote that way, or at least explain why he chose not to vote. Florida voters deserve an answer and I urge them to continue to call him and demand one.”

Father Pavone noted that Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin also was “not present” for the critical vote. Like Nelson, she is a Democrat defending a seat in a state that voted for President Trump in 2016.


Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.



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