John Delaney is a pro-abortion extremist. Nominating a pro-abortion Republican, or one who is otherwise confused on the issues, won’t make it any easier to knock him off in November.
John Delaney’s Extremist Views
On September 18, 2015, Delaney voted against H.R. 3504. That bill, also known as the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, would protect babies born as the result of a botched abortion.
H.R. 3504 would require that a child born alive during an attempted abortion be given the same medical treatment as any other child born at that gestation time would be. It would impose criminal penalties of fines or imprisonment of up to five years on medical practitioners that fail to do this, as well as punish medical practitioners that intentionally kill or attempt to kill a born-alive child for having intentionally killed or attempted to kill a human being.
A friend and former colleague of mine, Jill Stanek, witnessed babies being left to die after botched abortions when she worked as a nurse in Illinois. She testified before a U.S. House Committee on legislation in 2000 and before that she testified before a State Senate committee in Illinois. She noted that in both cases Barack Obama opposed protecting children who were born as the result of an unsuccessful abortion.
John Delaney thinks it’s just fine to let living, breathing babies die after a failed abortion. Any candidate running against him who is pro-abortion or otherwise wobbly on the issues involved will forfeit any moral authority.
Also on September 18 last year, Delaney voted against H.R. 3134, which would have defunded Planned Parenthood.
On October 23, 2015, John Delaney voted against a reconcilation bill, H.R. 3762, that also would have defunded Planned Parenthood. The bill passed the Senate and was immediately vetoed by President Barack Obama. On February 2, 2016, Delaney voted against overriding the reconciliation bill’s veto.
In light of all the video evidence that emerged last year, and all the other evidence against the nation’s largest abortion provider, it is unconscionable that anyone would support continued funding for the abortion giant.
Delaney also voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in a vote last May. This bill would have restricted abortion at the 20th week of pregnancy and beyond, where the unborn child is feeling pain, except in the case of rape and incest. This restriction is supported by the vast majority of Americans, with a higher percentage of men supporting it than women.
If you’re seeking the nomination to run against Delaney, and all you say is that the abortion issue is “settled law” then you show your ignorance of all the issues and nuances involved.
Who Shares John Delaney’s Views?
Ronald Reagan wouldn’t have shared Delaney’s views. In fact, the Gipper famously proclaimed, “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”
While some “libertarians” in the Republican Party claim that a position supporting abortion is “pro-liberty”, that’s just not the case. Rand Paul is one of many in the pro-liberty movement who don’t find supporting abortion to be consistent with liberty.
David Vogt and Frank Howard don’t share John Delaney’s views. Vogt was endorsed by Maryland Right to Life in the Republican Primary next week in MD-6. Howard is pro-life and a supporter of Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life group.
Others who actually share John Delaney’s views include Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Martin O’Malley, and Donna Edwards. It’s notable that Edwards was endorsed by the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. Edwards has also been endorsed by Emily’s List.
Is there a difference between Amie Hoeber and John Delaney?
Amie Hoeber, another Republican candidate in MD-6, has been involved in the NWPC in the past. Additionally, in 2010 Hoeber gave money to Gov. Martin O’Malley, another name on the list of pro-abortion Democrats above. Hoeber has also donated to the Women’s Campaign Fund, a group that only supports pro-abortion candidates.
Last year, I was helping do research on candidates as part of my job and started looking at Hoeber to find out whether she was a potential pro-life woman candidate my employer might want to support. All of the facts above came out since then, but my initial research indicated that Amie Hoeber had a position much like this one later reported. Basically her personal views don’t matter, not that she will ever provide any illumination on what those views might be to anyone. It’s all about government interference. In other words, her case for limited government extends to one in which the government stands by and lets the slaughter of the innocent unborn occur.
Clearing up the Confusion
I’d give Amie Hoeber a chance to clear up the confusion for everyone, but all she can say is Roe is settled law, even when she’s asked about Planned Parenthood funding.
- How would Hoeber have voted on a bill that John Delaney voted against that would protect babies born alive after a botched abortion attempt?
- How would she have voted on defunding Planned Parenthood?
- How would she have voted on compassionate legislation that would restrict abortion at 20 weeks?
- How does Ms. Hoeber feel about legislation that would ban abortions for sex-selective purposes of when a handicap, like down syndrome is involved?
All of the above questions show how nuanced and complex the issue is, and simply boiling it down to a question of whether Roe is the “settled law” of the land or not doesn’t do a candidate any favors.
There are women Senators and Members of Congress from blue states who have voted for the legislation discussed in this post, who still support Roe as the settled law of the land.
Not to belabor my point too much more, but there have been several abortion-related cases that have reached the U.S. Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade. They all could be deemed “settled law” as well if you want to take Hoeber’s position to the logical end. That means she should support restrictions on abortions that have been ruled constitutional and made into law in several states.
What should pro-lifers do?
If you’re a pro-lifer in MD-6, you should consider voting for Frank Howard or David Vogt. They are both unequivocally pro-life.
Hoeber may be personally pro-life, although there’s no indication of that anywhere in any of her statements, comments, or evasive answers to questions.
Her past track record, including donations and involvement in pro-abortion groups and donations to pro-abortion candidates are concerning in their own right. When you look at how her campaign and her supporters have responded to questions about these topics, it’s even more concerning.
I’ll close with words of wisdom from Sen. Rand Paul:
“Some have said to me that ‘you’re big on all this liberty stuff, why do you want to restrict a women’s right to choose?’” he said.
“And I say, you know what? The government does have some role in our lives. One of the main roles that government has is restricting you from harming another individual, which gets us back to the original debate. When life begins, there is a role for the state so it’s not that I’m against people choosing things. I’m in fact, one of the biggest believers in choice, in liberty. But you can’t have liberty if you don’t protect where your liberty originates from and that’s your right to life,” Paul explained.
Hoeber couches her views in supposed pro-liberty language that Rand Paul doesn’t even agree with.
In actuality, her views are closer to those of the Democrats who believe in taxpayer-funded abortion on demand up until the 9th month and giving a half-billion dollars to Planned Parenthood a year – even after the abortion giant was caught on camera harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies.
If Hoeber and her supporters get offended by this statement, she’s the only one who can actually finally set the record straight. Otherwise, we have to make educated analysis of what she has said and done recently and in the past to determine what she would do in office.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.