A Culture of Life
Abortion is one of the saddest facts of modern America. There are over one million abortions per year, and a total of 53 million since Roe v. Wade enabled abortion on demand in 1973. In New Jersey, the abortion rate is 2.71 percent, among the highest in the nation. Rather than seek to reduce the number of abortions, the Democratic Party has promoted a culture that misrepresents abortion as consequence-free and morally neutral. In 2012, a Democrat committee co-chaired by Cory Booker removed the word “rare” from the phrase “safe, legal, and rare” coined by President Clinton that had been in the party platform.
Abortion is not only tragic on its own terms: it violates the founding principle in the Declaration of Independence of a right to life. The need to apply this self-evident truth to the unborn has become much more apparent in the last four decades because of discoveries in the field of DNA and advances in the technology of the sonogram.
Even the Supreme Court of 40 years ago in Roe acknowledged that if it were factually established that an unborn baby is a “person,” pro-life legislation would have to be upheld by the courts. I believe this simple fact has been conclusively established by science, and if elected I will support legislation introduced by Sen. Rand Paul recognizing the unborn as persons entitled to the right to life under the terms of the 14th amendment.
I will also vote in the Senate for legislation that seeks to reduce the number of abortions. Two examples are the House-passed ban on abortions after 20 weeks and the proposed ban on abortions for the purpose of sex selection.