Yesterday, Republican Sen. Dean Heller bragged about how he was endorsed by National Right to Life, a fringe anti-choice group, for his support of GOP priorities like voting to defund Planned Parenthood. The organization specifically praised Heller for co-sponsoring and voting for an unconstitutional abortion ban that would threaten women’s health.
Before he was elected to Congress, Heller did support abortion rights. In 2006, as a candidate, Heller proclaimed: “I do back a woman’s right to choose abortion… A woman should talk to her family, doctor and clergy about whether to have an abortion. The last person she should have to talk to is her Congressman.” We couldn’t agree more – so what changed?
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“Sen. Heller has flip-flopped on almost every issue that matters to Nevada voters, and women’s health care is no different. Nevadans have made it clear they support leaders who will defend a woman’s right to choose, but Sen. Heller – caught in a brutal Republican primary – has decided to seek out and brag about a political endorsement from a radical anti-choice group. If Heller makes it to the general election, women won’t forget that he can’t be trusted to stand up for their rights or protect their access to reproductive health care.”