--- layout: master title: Pro-Life Fraud categories: news abstract: Lance’s voting record on this and every other issue does not reflect a man with deeply held convictions but a callow career politician who will do anything to stay in office. ---
Recently, the National Right to Life Committee announced that it would endorse incumbent Rep. Leonard Lance for re-election in the upcoming June 3rd Primary based on what the NRLC considers to be a “strong pro-life voting record.” Specifically, the NRLC cited his vote to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; his vote to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act and his vote in favor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act which, according to the NRLC, demonstrates Lance’s opposition to taxpayer funding of abortion.
The handful of votes on which Lance hangs his hat all involve strawman legislation. None of these bills ever had of a chance of seeing the light of day in the Senate – much less being signed into law by President Obama – but were passed in the House to mollify conservative and pro-life organizations. It’s Congressional Kabuki theatre, directed by the House leadership to provide political cover for pro- choice Republican incumbents such as Leonard Lance, who apparently has succeeded in cloaking his past from the NRLC.
The record clearly shows that Leonard Lance was proudly pro-choice when he ran for Congress in 2008, at which time he unhesitatingly supported federal funding of pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood.
During his first term in office, Rep. Lance was one of only seven Republicans who voted in favor of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which the NRLC opposed because it authorized the State Department to campaign for abortions rights in other countries around the world. That same year, Rep. Lance was one of only nine Republicans who voted to defeat a legislative amendment that would prohibit Planned Parenthood from using federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortion clinics.
While is true that in February of 2011 Leonard Lance voted in favor of amending an appropriations bill to prohibit the use of federal funds for Planned Parenthood, his vote is not a surprise when you consider the electoral shellacking Democrats and liberal Republicans suffered at the hands of grassroots conservatives in November 2010. Yet just one month later, Lance voted to pass an appropriations bill that failed to defund Obamacare or Planned Parenthood. Representatives Scott Garrett and Chris Smith – both of whom are stalwartly pro-life – voted against the bill.
Five months later, at an August 25, 2011 meeting with the editorial staff of New Jersey Jewish News, Lance insisted that his reputation as a pro-choice Republican was intact despite his vote in March to end funding for Planned Parenthood.
In 2013, he voted with ALL House Democrats against a majority of Republicans for a bill that funded the implementation of Obamacare and its mandated abortion coverage.
Simply stated, Lance’s voting record on this and every other issue does not reflect a man with deeply held convictions but a callow career politician who will do anything to stay in office.