Johnny Isakson on Abortion

Last Updated : May 28, 2010

2010 Re-Election Campaign Website Statements

I have co-sponsored the Marriage Protection Amendment because I believe it is important for the sanctity of marriage and for the laws of this country that we have a seamless definition of marriage, and the only way to do that is to establish one in the Constitution.

I have a deep respect for life, and a voting record that reflects that respect. I am personally opposed to abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother. I strongly support the view that we need to create a culture of life in America.

I have always been committed to protecting the free exercise of speech and religion in America. In the past, I have supported the right of Georgia communities to publicly display the Ten Commandments and have co-sponsored legislation to keep the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. I believe that all Americans can remember the important principles upon which our nation was founded without infringing on the religious rights of their fellow citizens.

A key step both in this process and in ensuring that our traditional values are upheld is appointing federal judges who understand that laws are made in Congress and not the courthouse. 

Voting Record

Amendment - Funds to coercive abortions

On March 2, 2009, Senator Wicker submitted amendment SA 607. The amendment was made to the omnibus appropriations act for fiscal year 2009, and it sought to ensure that money which was sent to the United Nations from the US was not used in programs the sought to limit populations through forced sterilization or coercive abortion. The amendment specifically mentions the programs in China. Most Republicans supported the amendment and most Democrats opposed it. The amendment failed 55-39. Johnny Isakson voted in favor of the amendment to prevent aid funds from being used for coercive abortions.

Johnny Isakson voted in favor of the amendment to prevent aid funds from being used for coercive abortions.

Amendment - SCHIP and unborn children

On March 14, 2008 the Senate attempted to pass an amendment to the congressional budget for 2008. The amendment was to clarify the definition of a child for SCHIP purposes. SCHIP is the State Children\'s Health Insurance Program. The program covers children up to the age of 18 with health care. Although the program is funded by the federal government, implementation of the program is left up to the states. Many states provide health care to pregnant women above the age of 18, but justify the care as necessary for the health of the unborn child. This amendment sought to clarify such legislation by establishing a sets of codes for when such care can be given by the states. It is an attempt to put into writing when the pregnancy is considered a "child" and therefore enters into the realm of abortion as designating an embryo as a child for the purposes of giving it care under SCHIP would also imply that an abortion at or later than that time would amount to the killing of a child, and not an undefined mass of cells. The amendment failed to pass with most Republicans supporting it and most Democrats opposing it in roll call 81. Those supporting the bill can be seen as attempting to establish when the definition of a "child" can be given to a developing fetus. Johnny Isakson voted in favor of the amendment to define a child for SCHIP purposes.

Johnny Isakson voted in favor of the amendment to define a child for SCHIP purposes.

Amendment - Funding for enforcement

Congress has passed laws which prohibit an adult from taking a minor across state lines when the state laws require parental consent for an abortion. On March 13, 2008 the Senate voted on an amendment for funding of "vigorous enforcement" of the law. The amendment got the support of most Republicans and the opposition of most Democrats. If failed in a 49-49 vote. Johnny Isakson voted in favor of the amendment to provide funding to enforce abortion laws.

Johnny Isakson voted in favor of the amendment to provide funding to enforce abortion laws.

Amendment to Prohibit Funds

In October of 2007, the Senate voted on an amendment to prohibit funds from being dispersed to groups that encourage or perform abortions. The measure failed to pass the Senate 41-52. Johnny Isakson voted in favor of the amendment.

Johnny Isakson voted in favor of the amendment.

Amendment - funds to abortion providers

Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas placed an amendment into the Consolidated Appropriations spending bill to ensure that funding did not go to groups that may support coercive abortion. The amendment failed in a 48-45 vote. Johnny Isakson voted in favor of the amendment to ensure that funding does not go to abortion providers.

Johnny Isakson voted in favor of the amendment to ensure that funding does not go to abortion providers.

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

The second vote on the legislation came as the bill returned from the US House. In roll call 263, supporters of the bill failed to get the 60 votes required for cloture. The bill did not proceed further as most Republicans supported the legislation and most Democrats oppossed it. Johnny Isakson supported the legislation by voting for cloture.

Johnny Isakson supported the legislation by voting for cloture.

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

There have been 2 votes in the Senate concerning the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act S 403. The Act prohibited transporting a minor child across a state line to obtain an abortion. There was an exception in the bill if the life of the mother was at risk, and those transporting the minor could not be prosecuted if there was reason to believe that the transporters were under the impression that permission had been given from the minor\'s parents. The first vote on this bill came as the bill passed through the Senate. The bill passed the senate in a 54-34 vote with most Republicans supporting it, and about 1/3 of Democrats supporting it. Johnny Isakson supported the Notification Act.

Johnny Isakson supported the Notification Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-109; Bill Number-S 8; Child Custody Protection Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits transporting a minor across a state line to obtain an abortion. Makes an exception for an abortion necessary to save the life of the minor. Protects from prosecution or civil liability the minor or the minorís parents for violations of this Act. Prevents prosecution if the doctor reasonably believed that before the minor obtained the abortion, the required parental consent or notification or judicial authorization took place. Authorizes any parent who suffers harm from a violation of this Act to seek relief in a civil action.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 403; Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act - Cosponsor

Prohibits transporting a minor child across a state line to obtain an abortion. Makes an exception for an abortion necessary to safe the life of the minor. Protects from prosecution or civil liability the minor or the minorís parents for violations of this Act. Prevents prosecution if the doctor reasonably believed that before the minor obtained the abortion, the required parental consent or notification or judicial authorization took place or if the doctor was presented with documentation showing that a court waived parental notification requirements or authorized the minor's abortion. Authorizes any parent who suffers harm from a violation of this Act to seek relief in a civil action unless such parent committed an act of incest with the minor. Allows an exception if: (1) the physician complies with parental notification requirements in the physicianís state; (2) the physician is given documentation that a court in the minorís state of residence has waived parental notification or otherwise authorized the minorís abortion; (3) the minor provides a written statement that she is the victim of sexual abuse, neglect, or physical abuse by a parent and the physician notifies appropriate state officials of such abuse; (4) the abortion is necessary to save the life of the minor (written notice must be given to the minor's parent within 24 hours after the lifesaving abortion is performed): or (5) a person accompanying the minor provides documentation to the physician that such person is the parent of the minor.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 356; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

Requires an abortion provider, before beginning any abortion of a pain-capable unborn child (20 weeks old) to make a specified statement to the pregnant woman that Congress has determined that there is substantial evidence that the process will cause the unborn child pain, and that the mother has the option of having pain-reducing drugs administered directly to the child, and requires that the doctor provide to the woman an Unborn Child Pain Awareness Brochure (unless she waives receipt) and an Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form and obtain the woman's signature and her explicit request for or refusal of the administration of drugs to the child.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 51; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

Requires an abortion provider, before beginning any abortion of a pain-capable unborn child (defined as 20 weeks old) to make a specified statement to the pregnant woman that Congress has determined that there is substantial evidence that the process will cause the unborn child pain, and that the mother has the option of having pain-reducing drugs administered directly to the child. The doctor must also provide to the woman an Unborn Child Pain Awareness Brochure (unless she waives receipt) and an Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form, and obtain the woman's signature and her explicit request for or refusal of the administration of drugs to the child. Creates an exception for certified medical emergencies.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 314; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Requires an abortion provider who knowingly performs an abortion of a pain-capable unborn child (defined as an unborn child who has reached a probable stage of development of 20 weeks or more after fertilization), to first: (1) inform the woman of the probable age of the child, (2) provide to the woman an Unborn Child Pain Awareness Brochure (unless she waives receipt), (3) provide information that pain medicine administered to the mother may not prevent pain in the child, but in some cases anesthesia or pain-reducing drugs can be administered directly to the child, (4) give the woman the provider's best medical judgment of the risks and costs of such anesthesia or analgesic, and (5) obtain the woman's signature on the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form and her explicit request for or refusal of the administration of drugs to the child.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 14; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Requires an abortion provider who knowingly performs an abortion of a pain-capable unborn child (defined as 20 weeks), to first: (1) inform the woman of the probable age of the child; (2) provide to the woman an Unborn Child Pain Awareness Brochure (unless she waives receipt); (3) provide information that pain medicine administered to the mother may not prevent pain in the child, but in some cases anesthesia or pain-reducing drugs can be administered directly to the child; (4) give the woman the provider's best medical judgment of the risks and costs of such anesthesia or analgesic; and (5) obtain the woman's signature on the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form and her explicit request for or refusal of the administration of drugs to the child. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Brochure that includes a statement that there is substantial evidence that the process of being killed in an abortion will cause the unborn child pain and that the mother has the option of having pain-reducing drugs administered directly to the child. Creates an exception to save the life of the mother. Establishes civil penalties for willfully failing to comply with this Act. Authorizes: (1) the U.S. Attorney General to bring a civil action under this Act; and (2) private rights of action for violations of this Act.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3723; Excluding Abortion Coverage from Health Reform Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to prohibit federal funds from being to used to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. (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.) Requires any qualified health benefit plan offered through an Exchange that includes coverage for abortions to also offer a qualified health benefit plan through the Exchange that is identical in every respect except that it does not cover abortions.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 356; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experienced by their unborn child.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 403; Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act - Cosponsor

A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 8; Child Custody Protection Act - Cosponsor

A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 51; Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

A bill to ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experienced by their unborn child.

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