Sean Duffy on Abortion

Last Updated : Oct 01, 2010

Campaign Website Statements


Pro-life: I believe in the value and the potential of every human life. I will vigorously defend the right to life of the unborn and our elderly, and I will actively support policies that offer women non-violent choices and opportunities when faced with a crisis pregnancy. As the father of six, I understand first hand the responsibilities and joys of parenthood and the gift that every child is to our world.

Pro-Second Amendment: Hunting and gun ownership is part of the Wisconsin way of life. I will always protect and defend our Constitutional right to bear arms.

Pro-Traditional Marriage: I believe in the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. I voted for the 2006 Wisconsin amendment defining marriage between a man and woman and I do not favor any government-sanctioned union/arrangement that looks like traditional marriage. However, I am not opposed to people entering into contracts for the purposes of inheritance, medical decisions, etc. All Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, have a right to make legal contracts and arrangements with each other and deserve the respect and dignity afforded to all citizens.

Judicial Philosophy: I believe in the U.S. Constitution and I am a strict constructionist. Our Constitution is not a “living, breathing document” to be interpreted to meet the political goals of any particular jurist. Judicial activism undermines representative democracy and I will only support jurists who strictly interpret the Constitution.


Voting Record

Amendment - Planned Parenthood Funds

In February of 2011, the House passed an amendment to prevent the use of funds by Planned Parenthood. Sean Duffy voted in favor of the amendment to prevent funds from going to planned parenthood.

Sean Duffy voted in favor of the amendment to prevent funds from going to planned parenthood.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 3; No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law (federal funds) for any abortion. Prohibits federal funds from being used for any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.) Disallows any tax benefits for amounts paid or incurred for an abortion or for a health benefits plan that includes coverage of abortion, including any medical deduction for such amounts or any credit for such an employer-sponsored plan. Prohibits the inclusion of abortion in any health care service furnished by a federal or District of Columbia health care facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government or the District. Provides that such prohibitions shall not apply to an abortion if: (1) the pregnancy is the result of forcible rape or, if the pregnant woman is a minor, incest; or (2) the woman suffers from a physical disorder, injury, or illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, as certified by a physician.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 217; Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Public Health Service Act to prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Service (HHS) from providing any federal family planning assistance to an entity unless the entity certifies that, during the period of such assistance, the entity will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion. Excludes an abortion where: (1) the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or an act of incest against a minor; or (2) a physician certifies that the woman suffered from a physical disorder, injury, or illness that would place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy. Excludes hospitals from such requirement so long as the hospital does not provide funds to any non-hospital entity that performs an abortion. Requires the Secretary to annually provide Congress: (1) information on grantees who performed abortions under the exceptions; and (2) a list of entities to which grant funds are made available.

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