Chris McDaniel on Abortion



Voted for "heartbeat bill": abortion ban after 15 weeks

In March, Gov. Bryant signed the "heartbeat bill" into law, banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can come as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The law does not allow exceptions for rape or incest.

The law is being challenged in federal court by the Center for Reproductive Rights. Mississippi has been in a similar position before. Last year, Bryant signed a 15-week abortion ban into law. After an emergency hearing, the law was ruled unconstitutional and blocked from taking effect.

Attorney General Jim Hood recently filed papers on behalf of the state, appealing the ruling. So, now, both the 15-week ban and the heartbeat bill are in court.

Of the legislation, Gov. Bryant previously said, "We think this is showing the profound respect and desire of Mississippians to protect the sanctity of that unborn life whenever possible."

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 81-36-2, Feb. 13; passed Senate 34-14-4, Feb. 13; Sen. Chris McDaniel voted YES.

Source: Clarion-Ledger on Mississippi voting records: HB 732 , May 20, 2019

Repeatedly authored legislation to protect the unborn

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Mike Espy (D): Legal. "I'm anti-abortion, but I'm pro-choice." "Women should have the basic right to make their own decisions."

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R): Ban. "100% pro-life."

Chris McDaniel (R): Ban. Has authored repeated "legislation to protect the unborn." Voted to ban abortions after 15 weeks.

Q: Healthcare: Allow Planned Parenthood to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Mike Espy (D): Probable yes. Says will fight for women's rights & reproductive health care. including the availability of medical services.

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R): No. Opposes public funds going toward family planning services at healthcare organizations that also provide abortions.

Chris McDaniel (R): No. "Defund Planned Parenthood." Doesn't matter that their clinic doesn't offer abortion, because their money is fungible.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org: Mississippi legislative voting records , Oct 9, 2018

Ban abortions after 15 weeks, even if rape or incest

Legislative Summary: HB1510: The Gestational Age Act; to enact definitions; to prohibit abortions after 15 weeks' gestation.

Analysis by Y'all Politics blog: The bill would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks, with only few life-threatening exceptions. Typical viability, at its earliest, is close to 23 weeks, according the Mississippi State Department of Health. Unusual for this type of legislation, it does not include an exception for rape or incest.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 35-14-3 on Mar/6/18; State Sen. Chris McDaniel voted YES; Passed House 76-34-10 on Mar/18/18; Signed by Governor Phil Bryant on Mar/19/18

Source: Y'all Politics blog on Mississippi voting record HB1510 , Mar 6, 2018

Human life begins at conception

Question topic: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

McDaniel: Strongly Agree

Question topic: Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

McDaniel: Only in the case where the mother's life is at risk.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Mississippi Senate race , Jul 2, 2014

Require doctor's prescription to get an abortion

Chris McDaniel voted Yea on Passage of SB 2795: Requiring Physicians to Administer Abortion Prescriptions (Bill Passed Senate, 39-12).
Source: VoteSmart summary of Mississippi 2013-2014 voting records , Feb 14, 2013

Unborn children are children

The Center for Pregnancy Choices of South Central Mississippi hosted a luncheon to help bring awareness to Mississippi's Personhood Amendment. State Sen. McDaniel spoke at the event and called the Center for Pregnancy Choices a "godsend."

"They are amazing," he said. "They are on the front lines in the fight for life. They're out there letting people know there are other options aside from just aborting the child."

McDaniel said he favors the Personhood Amendment and anything else that promotes the pro-life message. "It's important to discuss it so everyone can understand it," he said. "I hope one day it leads to a culture that embraces life."

McDaniel said that millions of children have been aborted since the passage of Roe vs. Wade in 1973. "Unborn children are children," he said. "They're human beings and should be protected by law."

Amendment 26 would outlaw abortion, human cloning, embryo stem cell research, and other forms of "medical cannibalism."

Source: Mississippi 2014 Senate campaign website senatormcdaniel.com , Jun 4, 2011

Prohibit ObamaCare insurance exchange coverage for abortion

SB3214: Health care exchange plans; prohibit use of federal funds to pay for elective abortions in Mississippi.

Summary by Center for Reproductive Rights [a pro-choice group]: Mississippi responded to [ObamaCare] by passing a bill (SB 3214) that bars any insurer from offering insurance coverage for abortion in the state exchange, except when the woman's life is endangered by "a physical disorder, physical illness or physical injury" or in cases of rape or incest. The legislature was so eager to pass this bill that it circumvented its own bill introduction deadlines and procedural rules to do so.

Legislative outcome: Passed House 75-32-15, Apr/24/10; Passed Senate 47-0-5, Apr/23/10; State Senator Chris McDaniel voted YES; Signed by Governor Haley Barbour May/25/10

Source: CRR on Mississippi legislative voting record SB3214 , May 25, 2010

CC:De-fund Planned Parenthood.

McDaniel opposes the CC survey question on funding abortion

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Public Funding of Abortions (Such as Govt. Health Benefits and Planned Parenthood)' Christian Coalition's self-description: "Christian Voter Guide is a clearing-house for traditional, pro-family voter guides. We do not create voter guides, nor do we interview or endorse candidates."

Source: Christian Coalition Surve 18CC-1b on Jul 1, 2018

CC:Parental notification for abortions by minors.

McDaniel supports the CC survey question on parental notification

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Parental Notification for Abortions by Minors ' Christian Coalition's self-description: "Christian Voter Guide is a clearing-house for traditional, pro-family voter guides. We do not create voter guides, nor do we interview or endorse candidates."

Source: Christian Coalition Surve 18CC-1c on Jul 1, 2018

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