Last week, as the Democratic governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, voiced his support of doctors being able to legally refuse to treat newborn babies depending on the circumstances and whether the mother wanted an abortion. As a result, Americans across the political spectrum rightly condemned infanticide. But our Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) was particularly vague on the topic, saying people needed to sit down and talk about the issue.
It was a dodge typical of the Washington establishment, and yet another indication that our senator does not share our values.
Last year, Doug Jones voted against the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act effectively stopping the bill in its tracks. The legislation is a thoughtful, sensible measure to protect innocent human life. It would have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks while providing exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.
Two other Senate Democrats supported the measure, but our senator was clear in his opposition of the bill.
During his campaign, Doug Jones said, “[T]he law for decades has been that late-term procedures are generally restricted except in the case of medical necessity. That’s what I support. I don’t see any changes in that. It is a personal decision.”
That obviously was untrue. What could have changed? He could have lied to Alabamians to get elected. He could be finally showing us just how radically liberal he is. He could have sold us out to impress the Washington, DC abortion lobbyists. He could have made a political move in an attempt to be reelected. He could be showing that he just does not share our values.
Whatever his motives, one thing is abundantly clear in this vote: Doug Jones does not represent us, and he will not protect the right to life. Period.
We fought to get a Constitutional amendment on the ballot affirming that Alabama is a pro-life state. In November, Alabamians voted overwhelmingly in support of that amendment. The people of this state support the right to life, and they want to see that right safeguarded. They want to protect the most vulnerable among us. There should be no confusion.
If Doug Jones were serious about serving Alabamians, he would have supported this measure. Even further, he would stand up for every piece of pro-life legislation that comes before the Senate. Make no mistake — he is not standing up for us, and he certainly is not standing up for the unborn.
This is a horrific and morally reprehensible trend that is sweeping our country. It is clear that the precious right to life is under attack. We need to speak out and fight to protect this inalienable right from the Washington liberals who seek to impose their radical values on all of us.
Jones’ behavior is morally wrong and must be forcefully condemned. The Senate voted to condemn Jones’ support for late-term abortion. I am not afraid to stand up to the Washington establishment, and I will never shy away from calling out wrongs when I see them.
But more importantly, I will always stand up for the right to life – it’s the will of the people I serve and it’s the right thing to do. It’s that simple.