Senator Shelby is resolutely pro-life and believes that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, in which it decided that abortion is a constitutional right, is terribly flawed on both a constitutional and moral basis. He believes that it is our ethical and moral duty to protect the dignity of human life, particularly when it comes to the lives of the most vulnerable members of the human race.
Because of the Roe decision, Congress cannot outlaw abortion. However, Senator Shelby has supported policies to protect the unborn. He has consistently voted to prevent the use of any federal funds to perform abortions. He supports enacting measures that uphold health professionals’ right to refuse services that they believe to be immoral and to allow states to more carefully regulate the time, place, circumstances, and manner in which abortion services are provided.
Senator Shelby has also fought against taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, particularly in light of the recent videos highlighting the organization’s extremely gruesome and troubling practices. Most recently, he voted against a short-term funding bill in Congress because it did not defund Planned Parenthood.