Robert Casey on Abortion

Last Updated : Nov 02, 2012

Summary

Senator Casey is pro-life and believes that life begins at conception. He supports contraception and other measures to reduce the number of abortions. He has put forth legislation to help lower the number of abortions through assistance to expectant mothers in remaining in high school and college and assisting in their nutrition.

2004 Questionnaire

In 2004, Mr Casey was running for the State Treasurer's office. He responded to a questionnaire for the Lancaster County Action and answered three questions on abortion. In those three questions, he asserted that he opposed a woman's 'right to abortion,' that he opposed taxpayer funding for abortion, and supported legal protection for human life from conception.

Pregnant Women Support Act

Senator Casey has introduced the Pregnant Women Support Act in the last two sessions. In doing so, he stated that there is more common ground in America than we might realize and we need to focus on how we can truly help and support women who wish to carry their pregnancies to term and how we can give them and their babies what they really need to begin healthy and productive lives together. The Pregnant Women Support Act contained a number of provisions to help expectant mothers during their pregnancy and after they give birth. The bill would help pregnant high school and college students stay in school. It would help promote adoption and make the adoption tax credit permanent. He stated that the legislation followed the goal of the Democratic Senators that are pro-life in lowering the number of abortions by 95% in 10 years.

The Casey Alternative

During the health care debate in 2009 and 2010, Senator Casey attempted to broker an agreement between pro-life and pro-choice groups. His proposal would have addressed federal funding of abortion in the Exchange by assuring segregation of private premium funds from federal taxpayer subsidies, with segregation of funds conducted by insurance companies which will have annual audits by state Commissions of Insurance. It would have requiring no discrimination against an individual health care provider or health care facility because of its unwillingness to provide, pay for, provide coverage of or refer for abortions, removed assured availability provisions that would have mandated abortion by requiring one plan with abortion and one plan without abortion in every exchange, and provided conscience protection to individuals with an individual opt-out of abortion coverage – providing that no portion of any premiums paid by individuals opting out of abortion coverage may be used to fund or cover abortion.

 

Lancaster County Voting Form

In November of 2004, Robert Casey responded to a questionnaire from the Lancaster County Action. In that questionnaire, he responded to several questions on abortion.

 

Question Answer
A woman's "right to abortion" opposes
Tax funded abortion opposes
Legal protection for human life from conception support

 

Pregnant Women Support Act 

In December of 2007, Senator Casey released a press statement noting legislation that he was introducing called the Pregnant Women Support Act.

 

Reintroduction of Pregnant Women Support Act

 In January of 2009, Senator Casey reintroduced the legislation into the new session of congress.

 

Casey Alternative in Health Care Reform

In December of 2009, Senator Casey released a press statement noting an alternative that he was promoting concerning the abortion language in the 2009-2010 health care reform legislation.

 

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

Robert Casey 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. Robert Casey voted in favor of the amendment to define a child for SCHIP purposes.

Robert Casey 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. Robert Casey voted in favor of the amendment to provide funding to enforce abortion laws.

Robert Casey 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. Robert Casey voted against the amendment.

Robert Casey voted against 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. Robert Casey voted in favor of the amendment to ensure that funding does not go to abortion providers.

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

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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