2020 Voter Guides for GENERAL ELECTION
One of the many resources that Right to Life of Southwest Indiana (RTL) provides for the pro-life community is the Voters Guide. For every election, RTL sends a survey to registered candidates to answer questions about abortion, euthanasia and other life bearing questions. The surveys are graded and provided to you, the voter, to inform you of candidates’ positions on life issues. Remember to Start with Life as you step into the voting booth! Download your county-specific guide below and take with you to vote. Feel free to share.
The Trump Administration Accomplishments on Life, Family and Religious Freedom
Posted by permission from the Legislative Affiliate of Family Research Council. An overview of Events occurring 2017 – 2020. All matters concerning pro-life have been highlighted in yellow by Right to Life of Southwest Indiana. Please download the pdf below and share the link with friends and family.
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2020 Presidential Candidates
Where do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Abortion?
Abortion on Demand
The 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton U.S. Supreme Court decisions legalized abortion on demand throughout the United States, resulting in more than 61 million abortions.
President Trump has proven his pro-life commitment. As president he has appointed pro-life advocates in his cabinet and administration, restored the “Mexico City Policy,” and he has pledged “to veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life federal policies and laws, or that encourages the destruction of innocent human life.”
Joe Biden supports the current policy of abortion on demand. Joe Biden voted for the Harkin Amendment to endorse Roe v. Wade, which allows abortion for any reason. Joe Biden supports the Democratic platform of unlimited abortion even through birth.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would prohibit abortions
after the unborn child is capable of feeling pain from abortion.
In his 2019 State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump called on Congress to “pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”
When asked about prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks when the unborn child can feel pain, Joe Biden said, “I’m not going to interfere with that,” which would allow abortion through birth.
Taxpayer Funding of Abortion
President Trump opposes using tax dollars to pay for abortion. His administration issued regulations to ensure Title X funding does not go to facilities that perform or refer for abortions. He also cut off funding for the UNFPA due to their involvement in China’s forced abortion program.
Joe Biden supports using tax dollars to pay for abortion. Joe Biden says he supports elimination of the Hyde Amendment. Joe Biden voted for taxpayer funding of overseas pro-abortion organizations.
Nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court
The fundamental documents of American democracy and freedom, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, have given us essential principles to be respected by the courts such as the “unalienable” right to life.
The next president may have the opportunity to appoint one to three justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Donald Trump has appointed Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. These
appointments are consistent with the belief that federal courts should enforce rights truly based on the text and history of the Constitution.
Joe Biden pledges that his judicial nominees would “support the right of privacy, on which the entire notion of a woman’s right to choose is based.”
Download the 2020 POTUS comparison document below.
Where do the Vice Presidential Candidates Stand on Abortion?
- 100% Pro-Life Record throughout held offices of U.S. Congressman, Governor and Vice President of the United States.
- “No human was created to be degraded dehumanized or killed.”
- Vice President Mike Pence has an established pro-life reputation. During the 2019 March for Life, the US Vice President assured the crowd of the current American Administration’s opposition to abortion.
- “As a pro-life American, I believe that all life matters, born and unborn.” – Pence on CBS Interview
Stands for unborn against Democratic “culture of death”. (Mar 2019)
Tie-breaker vote to defund Planned Parenthood. (Mar 2017)
We embrace life because we’re better for it. (Oct 2016)
Partial-birth abortion is just anathema to me. (Oct 2016)
Need Supreme Court justices who uphold Constitution. (Jul 2016)
Periods for Pence: protest against interring aborted fetuses. (Apr 2016)
Defund Planned Parenthood for providing abortion. (Sep 2012)
Commit to unalienable right to life, including the unborn. (Feb 2008)
Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during an – other crime. (Feb 2004)
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
- Voted for tax-payer funding of abortion.
- Voted to let a baby who survives abortion die without healthcare.
- Supports killing babies up to and including day he/she is born and after.
As a candidate for president, Harris announced a broad platform that would require states that have a history of passing pro-life laws to seek pre-clearance from the Justice Department before they could enact any new pro-life laws that would impact abortion on demand. Under her plan, any new pro-life laws would be considered unenforceable without pre-clearance from the Justice Department.
Source: National Right to Life Newsletter
Reproductive healthcare under attack in America today. (Oct 2019)
Stop men telling women what they can do with their bodies. (Oct 2019)
Repeal Hyde Amendment; unacceptable that Biden voted for it. (Jul 2019)
Don’t limit abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. (Jan 2019)
Rated 100% by NARAL*, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2010)
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Mar 2017)
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions. (Mar 2017)
Supports public funding for abortion services. (Nov 2016)
Opposes parental notification for abortions by minors. (Nov 2016)
Keep federal funding for family planning clinics. (Mar 2017)
Born-Alive Survivors bill tries to illegalize abortion. (Feb 2020)
Endorsed by EMILY’s list for pro-choice Democratic women. (Nov 2016)
*For over thirty years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been the political arm of the pro-choice movement and a strong advocate of reproductive freedom and choice. NARAL Pro-Choice America’s mission is to protect and preserve the right to choose while promoting policies and programs that improve women’s health and make abortion less necessary. NARAL Pro-Choice America works to educate Americans and officeholders about reproductive rights and health issues and elect pro-choice candidates at all levels of government.
Where do the Indiana Candidates Stand on Abortion?
U.S. Representative 8th District
Larry D. Bucshon (R)
100% Pro-Life Roe vs. Wade should be overturned. Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. Supports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research.
E. Thomasina Marsili (D)
Endorsed by Planned
Parenthood in 2018.
James D. Rodenberger (L)
Information about Rodenberger’s position on abortion is unavailable.
Governor & Lt. Governor
Suzanne Crouch (R)
100% Pro-life and committed to supporting pro-life legislation.
Woodrow A. Myers/
Linda Lawson (D)
Follows Democrat Party position against LIFE and is Pro-Abortion.
Donald G. Rainwater II/
William Henry (L)
Candidate is pro-life.
Todd Rokita (R)
“Every life is a precious gift from God that begins from the moment of conception.”
Jonathan Weinzapfel (D)
Pro-Abortion per Northwest Indiana Times Connected to Planned Parenthood
as far back as 1996.