Daniel Coats on Abortion

Last Updated : Jul 14, 2010

Summary

Senator Dan Coats is pro-life. He has spoken out about the issue for he Indiana Right to Life, and voted for a ban on partial-birth abortions. He has been supported in the 2010 Senate race by both the Susan B. Anthony List and the National Right to Life group.

 

Your vote, their voice

After leaving office, Senator Coats made a video for Indiana Right to Life in a "get out the vote" themed format, encouraging everyone to get our and vote and be the voice of the unborn. The name of the campaign was "Your vote, their voice".

 

Susan B. Anthony List Endorsement

In the 2010 Senate race, both Senator Coats and his opponent, Congressman Ellsworth, had strong pro-life records. Still, the Susan B. Anthony list chose to endorse Senator Coats, noting Congressman Ellsworth's vote for the 2009 health care reform bill. Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List said the following about the endorsement.

 

National Right to Life Endorsement

Again, for the 2010 Senate race, even though two strongly pro-life candidates were running, the National Right to Life Council chose to endorse Dan Coats. The groups political director, Karen Cross, told LifeNews.com Coats has a longstanding pro-life record from his days in Congress.

Voting Record

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1997

In May of 1997, the Senate passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1997 in a 64-36 vote. The Senate did not have the numbers to overturn a Presidential veto. Daniel Coats voted in favor of the ban.

Daniel Coats voted in favor of the ban.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995

In December of 1995, the Senate passed the partial-birth abortion ban act 54-44. The legislation was vetoed by President Clinton. Daniel Coats voted in favor of the ban.

Daniel Coats voted in favor of the ban.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-105; Bill Number-S 6; Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1997 - Cosponsor

Prohibits performing a partial birth abortion in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother and no other medical procedure would suffice. Defines "partial-birth abortion." Authorizes the father and, if the mother is under 18 years of age, the maternal grandparents of the fetus to obtain specified relief in a civil action, even if the mother consented to the abortion, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff's criminal conduct or the plaintiff consented to the abortion. Prohibits the prosecution of a woman upon whom a partial-birth abortion is performed for conspiracy to violate this Act or under provisions regarding punishment as a principal or an accessory or for concealment of a felony.

Session-104; Bill Number-S 939; Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995 - Cosponsor

Subjects anyone who knowingly performs a partial-birth abortion in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce to a fine or imprisonment for not more than two years or both. Defines "partial-birth abortion." Permits the parents or the maternal grandparents (if the mother has not attained the age of 18 at the time of the abortion) through a civil action to obtain relief which would include money damages for all injuries and statutory damages equal to three times the cost of the partial-birth abortion, even if any party consented to an abortion. Permits the affirmative defense to a prosecution or a civil action, which must be proved by a preponderance of the evidence, that the physician reasonably believed: (1) the procedure was necessary to save the woman's life; and (2) no other form of abortion would have sufficed for that purpose.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 91; Life at Conception Act - Cosponsor

Declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being beginning at the moment of fertilization, cloning, and other moment at which an individual comes into being.

References

[1] Website: LifeNews.com Article: Indiana Senate Candidate Dan Coats Gets Pro-Life Backing Over Ellsworth Author: Steven Ertelt Accessed on: 07/14/2010

[2] Website: LifeNews.com Article: Indiana Senate Candidate Dan Coats Gets Support From Pro-Life Organization Author: Steven Ertelt Accessed on: 07/14/2010

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