Sep 17 2010
My constituents send me to Columbia to fight for lower taxes, less spending and to make government more transparent and accountable to the people. That’s what I’ve done.
Just as important as my fight for limited, accountable government has been my fight to protect innocent human life. It’s been my passion. And I hope, in this election year, that the issue of life will bear upon the decision of the electorate in November.
Only one candidate for governor has stood with me fighting to protect life: Nikki Haley. And that’s why I’m proud to support her for governor.
A mother of two, Nikki believes every life is precious. As a leader in her community and legislator, she has fought to create a culture that respects the sanctity of life. But don’t take my word for it.
Look at Nikki’s pro-life record.
Nikki voted in 2005 for the “Right to Life Act” which would have given the unborn child full constitutional rights from the moment of conception.
In 2006, Nikki voted for legislation to require that an abortion doctor perform an ultrasound prior to the abortion for the mother to view. She also voted for “The Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” which further vested rights of children by declaring an unborn child a separate victim of attack on the mother if her child is harmed.
Her Democrat opponent made no indication of his position on either of these bills.
Nikki stepped up her advocacy for the unborn child in 2007 when she authored legislation to add “unborn” to the definition of the child in current law that covers harm done to children by parents on drugs. Later that year, she cast her vote in favor of adding “unborn child” to the definition of “person” in the existing statute covering who may bring a civil lawsuit.
Unfortunately, the Democrat nominee for governor has never sponsored any pro-life legislation in his service in the Senate.
In 2009, Nikki Haley co-sponsored legislation that requires a twenty-four hour waiting period between an ultrasound and an abortion. This bill became law in 2010, and I am proud to have led the effort for its passage in the Senate.
Also in 2009, Nikki voted for the “Born Alive Act” which would mandate that medical personnel take all steps necessary to preserve the life of a child who manages by the grace of God to survive an attempted abortion.
Earlier this year, Nikki Haley took a bold step for innocent life when she voted to prohibit all taxpayer-funded abortions. This initiative consumed hours of debate during the middle of the night,
but Nikki stood firm and cast her vote in favor of life. When the roll was called in the Senate, I was proud to vote in favor of the prohibition. Sadly, the Democrat nominee left the room.
It’s not surprising to hear Nikki’s Democrat opponent claim he “supports life.” I cannot know his heart, and I see no evidence that he actively supports abortion. However, I have seen no evidence that he actively fights for unborn children. The Democrat nominee, moreover, presumably voted for Barack Obama, a pro-abortion president who nominates pro-abortion judges to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In November, voters will have zeal for reform. I hope they will not leave behind their concerns for unborn children. Voters can trust Nikki Haley to stand up for life, and that is one of the important reasons that I will vote for her on November 2.