Jim DeMint on Abortion

Last Updated : Dec 14, 2010

Summary

Senator DeMint is pro-life, touting his 100% pro-life rating on his website and his endorsements from numerous pro-life groups. He is a strong supporter of adoption.

In 2008, Senator DeMint supported the Life at Conception Act which stated that the unborn are "human beings" from the moment of conception and have equal protection under the 14th amendment. Senator DeMint notes that Roe vs Wade left the question of defining a "human being" up to the legislative branch, and that the act would define a human being as being created from the moment of conception.

Senator DeMint supports a ban on partial-birth abortions. In 2007, he applauded the supreme court decision which upheld that such a ban was constitutional. He called the procedure horrible and brutal.

The Mexico City policy ensures that no funding goes to foreign groups that promote or perform abortions. In 2009, he opposed President Obama's overturning of the policy and stated that "Taxpayers should never be forced to pay for the destruction of innocent human life, here at home or overseas."

Senator DeMint opposed President Obama's appointment of Kathleen Sebelius as the Health and Human Services Director, stating that her pro-abortion history indicated that the Obama administration was pursing policies that promoted abortions. He opposes government funding for abortions, and has spoken against the 2009-2010 health care legislation as having provisions which do indeed provide for abortion.

Numerous times, Senator DeMint has noted that there have been unnecessary deaths from the use of RU-486, also known as the "Morning After Pill". Senator DeMint has called for the drug to be removed from use until it can be determined that it is safe.

 

Press Statement - RU-486

In March of 2006, Senator DeMint released a press statement expressing his opinion that RU-486 should be removed from use until more study can be performed. RU-486 is also known as the "morning after pill". Senator DeMint did not object to the use of the pill because of it's purpose, but because of recent deaths of those using the pill.

 

Press Statement - Partial Birth Abortions

In April of 2007, Senator DeMint released a press statement noting his support for a supreme court ruling that upheld the legality of the ban on partial birth abortions.

 

Press Statement - Life at Conception Act

In June of 2008, Senator DeMint released a press statement noting that he had joined in on the Life at Conception Act.

 

Press Statement - Mexico City Policy

In January of 2009, Senator DeMint released a press statement noting an amendment that he had introduced to attempt to reinstate the Mexico City Policy. The policy would have prohibited funding for programs that recommend or perform abortions.

 

Press Statement - HHS Director Sebelius

In April of 2009, Senator DeMint released a press statement noting his opinion that the appointment of Governor Sebelius to the Health and Human Services Director Position showed that the Obama administration would be moving toward a pro-abortion agenda.

 

Abortion Funding in 2009-2010 Health Care Reform

In December of 2009, Senator DeMint spoke on the Senate floor about the health care reform legislation. In that speech, he noted his opposition to government funding of abortion services and it's ethical ramifications.

 

Family Values video

 

2010 Re-Election Website Statements

 

Statements on Official Website

 

 

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

Jim DeMint 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. Jim DeMint voted in favor of the amendment to define a child for SCHIP purposes.

Jim DeMint 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. Jim DeMint voted in favor of the amendment to provide funding to enforce abortion laws.

Jim DeMint 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. Jim DeMint voted in favor of the amendment.

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

Jim DeMint 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. Jim DeMint supported the legislation by voting for cloture.

Jim DeMint 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. Jim DeMint supported the Notification Act.

Jim DeMint 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 96; Title X Family Planning Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Public Health Service Act to prohibit federal family planning funds from being awarded to any grantees who perform abortions or whose subgrantees perform abortions, except where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed. (Current law prohibits such funds from being used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.) Excludes hospitals from such provisions as long as the hospital does not subgrant to a non-hospital entity that performs abortions. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to submit to Congress a list of grantees who perform abortions, regardless of how such abortions are funded. Makes such a grantee ineligible for family planning funds for subsequent fiscal years unless the grantee certifies that neither the grantee nor any subgrantee performs abortions that are not explicitly permitted under this Act.

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 85; Title X Family Planning Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Public Health Service Act to prohibit federal family planning funds from being awarded to any grantees who perform abortions or whose subgrantees perform abortions, except where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed. (Current law prohibits such funds from being used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.) Excludes hospitals from such provisions as long as the hospital does not subgrant to a non-hospital entity that performs abortions. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to submit to Congress a list of grantees who perform abortions, regardless of how such abortions are funded. Makes such a grantee ineligible for family planning funds for subsequent fiscal years unless the grantee certifies that neither the grantee nor any subgrantee performs abortions that are not explicitly permitted under this Act.

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-110; Bill Number-S 3111; 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.

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.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 1983; Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

Amends the Public Health Service Act to include a health care entity's refusal to provide coverage of, or pay for, induced abortions among the bases for which the federal government or any state or local government that receives federal financial assistance may not discriminate against such an entity.

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