Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Democrats who take a strong stand against abortion are few and far between — especially in the United States Senate. When Bob Casey defeated Rick Santorum for a Pennsylvania seat in the Senate pro-life advocates hoped Casey would vote the same as his predecessor; but, Casey cast his first pro-abortion vote last week.
Last Thursday, the Senate debate an amendment to a bill sponsored by pro-abortion Sen. Barbara Boxer of California regarding the Mexico City Policy.
Boxer’s amendment overturns the policy that President Reagan first instituted and President Bush revived in 2001 that protects taxpayers from funding groups that perform or promote abortions overseas.
Pro-life groups strongly opposed the Boxer Amendment, but it was adopted on a 53-41 vote. Just 20 minutes later, pro-life Sen. Sam Brownback offered an amendment to undo the Boxer amendment but senators defeated it by the same margin.
Casey voted for the Boxer amendment and but also for the Brownback amendment — taking a seemingly contradicting stand on the abortion funding issue.
On Monday, as David Freddoso of National Review notes, Casey said on the Senate floor that he had made a mistake — but not because he voted to fund foreign abortions and abortion advocacy.
He said that, on the pro-life Brownback amendment, �it was my intention to vote �nay.� Therefore, I ask unanimous consent that I be permitted to change my vote since it will not affect the outcome of that vote.�
Well at least Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson voted against it, but of course it passed with the help of the usual suspects of pro-abortion Republicans or Republicans that have a mixed pro-life record.
As for Sen. Casey I wished this surprised me at all.