Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey Jr., who is a self-proclaimed pro-life Democrat, has a voting record that does not match his claim.
Senator Casey is the son of the Pennsylvania champion for the pro-life movement, the late Gov. Robert Casey, Sr. LifeNews reports that Casey has a 0-3 pro-life voting record in 2017. The Senator is a strong proponent of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider:
In an attempt to hold his seat for the 2018 midterms, Casey has shifted to the left on an abundance of issues. The Pennsylvania native won his Senate seat in 2006, running on a pro-life, pro-gun platform that appeased Pennsylvania Democrats and moderates. Since his swearing-in, Casey has done little to keep his pro-life promise; the Senator abandoned the values he ran on when he became a proponent of Obamacare and did nothing to condemn Planned Parenthood's disregard for life. This left shift for the former moderate Democrat also comes with an aggressive increase in the Senator’s social media presence, a clear re-election stunt. Per Billy Penn, Bob Casey’s movements are not unnoticed by constituents:
“The move toward a hot-blooded, more left Casey (at least on Twitter) comes as the senator is inching toward his bid for reelection in 2018. He was seen as one of the more vulnerable Democrats heading into the midterms, and GOP wins in November for both Trump and Toomey only made Casey’s position more precarious.”
In a 2011 letter penned by Senator Casey, reported by The Hill, before his Senate seat was at risk, Casey spoke out against his party, opposing the platform item of repealing the Hyde Amendment:
“This is a consensus-based policy that has, for many years, prohibited the use of federal funds to pay for abortion,” Casey wrote. “[The Hyde Amendment recognizes] that many Americans remain morally opposed to abortion, and do not wish to see their tax dollars go to pay for abortion.”
The vast shift is apparent, but the Senator still claims to be pro-life, even though no voting record supports his claim. Republicans in Pennsylvania are gearing up to challenge Senator Casey in 2018, with a field of Republicans ready to run against Casey, hoping to get the pro-life impostor out of the Senate.