Senate, Presidential Candidates Have Stark Differences on Life Issue

The Nov. 3 federal elections will be significant for the pro-life movement, with stark differences among candidates. In Louisiana, we’ll vote on one U.S. Senate seat, all six Congressional seats, and of course, the presidency. Due to IRS rules, Louisiana Right to Life can’t endorse candidates, but here’s an overview of where the Senate and Presidential candidates stand on life.


The U.S. Senate race field is crowded, but the major candidates are Republican incumbent Dr. Bill Cassidy and Democratic Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins.

Sen. Cassidy has a 100% pro-life voting record, voting with the National Right to Life position on 16 of 16 scored votes since elected in 2014. Mayor Perkins does not have a voting record on life issues, but he has stated publicly that he supports a “woman’s right to choose.”

Cassidy voted with National Right to Life’s position on the following bills:

• S57, S25 and S268: Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act
• S58 and S27: Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
• S7: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
• S223: Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
• S191: Paul Amendment to deny federal funds to abortion providers
• S167: Obamacare replacement/defund Planned Parenthood
• S111: Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
• S109: Whether to allow filibusters on Supreme Court nominees
• S101: Nullification of Obama pro-abortion Title X rule
• S311: To table Murray Amendment in budget reconciliation bill to provide $1 billion to abortion providers including Planned Parenthood
• S329: Against Collins Amendment to budget reconciliation bill to preserve federal funding of Planned Parenthood
• H30: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act


Here is where the two major candidates, President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden, stand on the following issues:

  • Abortion on Demand: President Trump restored the “Mexico City Policy” and has pledged to “veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life federal policies and laws or that encourages the destruction of innocent human life.” Former Vice President Joe Biden voted for the Harkin Amendment to endorse Roe v. Wade, which allows abortion throughout pregnancy for any reason. He supports the party platform of unlimited abortion even through birth.
  • Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: In 2019, Trump called on Congress to “pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.” Biden said he would not support this bill and would allow abortion through birth.
  • Taxpayer Funding of Abortion: Trump’s administration issued regulations to ensure Title X funding does not go to facilities that perform or refer for abortion and cut off funding for UNFPA due to its involvement in China’s forced abortion program. Biden said he supports elimination of the Hyde Amendment, and he voted for taxpayer funding of overseas pro-abortion organizations.
  • Nominations to the Supreme Court: Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh both voted for Louisiana’s Admitting Privileges law earlier this year. Biden pledges that his judicial nominees would “support the right of privacy, on which the entire notion of a woman’s right to choose if based.”