As expected — frankly, since before he was elected to the Senate — Sen. Robert Casey just refused to cast a vote in defense of the most vulnerable among us. As Frank Cannon wrote earlier this week:
If he votes for cloture on the motion to proceed on the health-care bill, he will be making possible the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v.Wade, and mandating that all citizens participate through federal funding. Senate majority leader Harry Reid needs all 60 Democratic senators to bring the legislation to the floor and make it the order of business. So Senator Casey has the fate of the bill completely in his power. If he adds his vote, that will mean that any effort to add the pro-life Stupak language from the House bill will require 60 pro-life votes, which, as Senator Casey knows, are not there. Casey’s original vote to proceed will have stacked the deck against defending life.
So much for taking that opportunity. So much for being a pro-life leader.