November 3, 2023

Practically Begging to Be Primaried by Pro-Lifers: Republican Senators Attack Fellow GOP Colleague for Trying to Protect the Littlest Military Family Members


Some Republican Senators seem to be just asking for a primary loss in the next election as they recently ignited the pro-life movement in indignation over further attacks on Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville, who has held up military promotions in protest of the Biden Administration’s NEW policy forcing spending to facilitate the abortions of the littlest military family members. At any time, the promotions could continue IF the Biden Administration prioritized the military over abortion, and one would think that the Republican Party — with its long-term support for LIFE would understand that. Yet, in a surprise move, multiple GOP U.S. Senators chose to condemn Tuberville for his efforts to keep abortion funding out of the military budget instead of confronting the real problem: President Biden and his radical pro-abortion team. Here’s what you need to know: 

According to an article from the Washington Post, the brutal confrontation on the Senate floor —called an “extraordinary showdown” by the Associated Press — took place for nearly five hours and was primarily led by Senators Dan Sullivan (Alaska), Todd C. Young (Indiana), Joni Ernst (Iowa), and Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), though other senators, including Mitt Romney (Utah) added their voices. As the group proposed votes on individual officers whose promotions have been delayed, the Post reported:

“Tuberville rebuffed them one by one, blocking each proposed nominee as his colleagues’ frustration continued to rise… They called out Tuberville for saying previously that he would relent on nominations that were brought forward for votes individually. “Xi Jinping is loving this. So is Putin,” Sullivan said at one point, referring to top leaders in China and Russia. “How dumb can we be, man?”” 


SFLAction presents Tuberville with a Pro-Life Champion Award


Dumb enough not to understand the importance of the issue and a good strategy, apparently — but the insults and accusations didn’t end there. 

Somehow forgetting that Tuberville has kept his word since the beginning of this fight, promising to stay strong for the preborn, Ernst said, “I do not respect men who do not honor their word.” 

Graham decried how Tuberville was chose to “handle these things,” and after Tuberville stuck to his guns and objected to a vote on one servicewoman, he struck out in anger, saying: “You just denied this lady a promotion. You did that.”

Sullivan played the world’s tiniest violin as he implied that “China is smiling” over this “national security suicide mission” and stated, “As an American, it almost wants to make you weep.”

These Senators, however, should save their tears for something more appropriate than Tuberville’s humane and patriotic stance against the military facilitating abortion. They could certainly cry over the millions of lives that have been lost to the predatory abortion industry. Or perhaps over the military members who report sexual assaults and severe mental health decline during their time in the service only to have more violence — in the form of abortion — pushed on them as a “solution” that will only hurt them even more.



(For more information on this, click HERE to read a Students for Life of America blog entitled “Rather than Addressing Toxic Environment for Female Service Members, Leaked Veterans Affairs Videos Reveal Push for Abortion.”) 

Tuberville could use some tears (albeit more importantly prayers and support) as he faces this fight for life against the abortion lobby, the Democrats, and even members of his party. The narrow road is often a lonelier one. And frankly, these Senators could even cry for themselves —when did they lose their stamina (to put it in polite terms) to stay strong on issues that matter? 

In fact, not only have those GOP Senators failed to take to the floor together to denounce the Biden Administration’s forced facilitation of abortion, they are literally considering giving up a tool available for those in the minority to be heard. Senate rules, as they stand, allow for minority voices to be heard, as one senator can hold up certain votes. The proposed change would make it harder for leaders like Tuberville to take a principled stand and if the change is permitted, it could provide a roadmap for loosening rules on other appointments, like judges, ambassadors, or to fast track bills. 

So not only are certain GOP Senators helping the Biden Administration get abortion funding into the budget, they are considering shutting down a place for minority voices to be heard … a place where THEY could be heard. Talk about a self-inflicted policy wound. 



In fact, in defense of Tuberville’s principled position, SFLAction will be scoring a vote on a proposed change to the rules on how military promotions are handled with plans to make sure voters know that some GOP Senators supported Biden and Abortion over Tuberville and innocent preborn babies.

READ MORE ABOUT OUR SCORING VOTE HERE: “In Defense of Sen. Tuberville’s Principled Stand Against Aborting Military Family Members, SFLAction will Score the Vote to Change the Military Promotions Regulation.”

Regardless, Students for Life Action and the Pro-Life Generation will continue to support Tuberville as he resists the Biden Administration’s ploy to sneak abortion support into the military. The families of those who fight to keep our country free deserve freedom, as well — and we will never stop protecting their right to life.

For more information on Tuberville, click HERE to read Students for Life Action (SFLAction) President Kristan Hawkins and SFLAction Vice President of Media and Policy Kristi Hamrick’s op-ed at The Federalist entitled “Aborting Innocent Lives In America Won’t Save Innocent Lives In Israel.”