Former state Rep. Mike Braun (R) launched a digital ad on Friday urging Hoosiers to not “believe Washington’s lies,” which show Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (release)
ON ABORTION. As “one of the few anti-abortion Democrats left in Congress, Donnelly is again being targeted for defeat by anti-abortion groups while not getting help from abortion rights advocates — despite the fact that both sides say he’s been with them on more than half of their most important votes.”
“Of the 64 House Democrats who voted in 2009 to keep the Affordable Care Act from subsidizing abortions, only 13 are left in Congress,” including Donnelly.
“Donnelly voted multiple times in the House to block funding to Planned Parenthood and was one of only two Senate Democrats who did so in August 2015 after anti-abortion activists released undercover videos allegedly showing group officials talking about selling tissue from aborted fetuses. Donnelly” said “he no longer votes to block funding to Planned Parenthood, as he did when he was in the House, because his job as a senator is to represent the entire state. And there are communities in Indiana where Planned Parenthood is the only health care provider.”
“Donnelly has declined to say whether Roe v. Wade should be undone, calling it ‘the law of the land.’”
“During his three years in the state legislature, Braun voted with Indiana Right to Life on all their top issues, including to prohibit women from getting an abortion due to a fetus’s race, sex or diagnosis of disability. Braun: “I’ve been on record from the get-go that I’m 100 percent pro-life.” (Indianapolis Star)
“Donnelly has voted to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy; to make it a crime to knowingly transport a minor across state lines to have an abortion; to permanently prohibit federal funding of abortions with exceptions; to make it a crime to perform an abortion based on the sex of the fetus; to deny foreign aid to organizations abroad that perform or promote abortion. He’s voted against letting medical researchers use surplus frozen embryos from fertility clinics. He voted multiple times to block Planned Parenthood from receiving government funding for health services other than abortions, but since late 2015, Donnelly has opposed efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.” (Indianapolis Star)
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