The upcoming Senate runoff races in Georgia are being touted as some of the most critical Senate elections in modern American history, primarily because of what’s at stake: control of the upper chamber of Congress and, ultimately, the direction of the country for the next four years.
Fortunately for Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the Democrat hoping to win her seat on Jan. 5, Raphael Warnock, just hit a new round of obstacles in his path to victory: according to the New York Post, the left-leaning reverend received a scathing letter Friday from “dozens” of Black ministers in his state and beyond who exposed what should be grave concerns about Warnock’s views on abortion.
Also facing off in Georgia in early January are incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue and his Democrat opponent, Jon Ossoff.
“Grave errors of judgment”
In their letter to Warnock, more than two dozen Black ministers from Georgia, Alabama, and Florida slammed the reverend for his pro-abortion platform and reminded Warnock that such a stance clashes with Christian beliefs.
“You have publicly expressed your views that abortion is an exercise of ‘human agency and freedom’ that is fully consistent with your role as a shepherd of God’s people,” the ministers wrote, according to the Post.
“We believe these statements represent grave errors of judgment and a lapse in pastoral responsibility, and we entreat you to reconsider them,” they added.
The issue of abortion rights, like in most other red-leaning areas of the country, is near or at the top of the list for many voters in Georgia. Sen. Loeffler, for her part, has a rock-solid anti-abortion record and has even been endorsed by pro-life groups like The National Right to Life Committee, the Post notes.
Warnock, by contrast, has made crystal clear that he opposes abortion restrictions in the state of Georgia and even lobbied against the “heartbeat” anti-abortion bill that dominated the headlines in multiple states last year, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“A patient’s room is too small”
The Democrat Senate candidate was said to have immediately responded to letter, presumably to initiate damage-control, given the influence that ministers and pastors typically have in their communities — which is more important than ever before in what could be a razor-thin race.
“Rev. Warnock believes a patient’s room is too small a place for a woman, her doctor, and the U.S. government and that these are deeply personal health care decisions — not political ones,” a spokesman for Warnock told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“He also believes those who are concerned about life ought to be focused on the incredibly high rates of infant mortality and maternal mortality, and working to make sure we are expanding access to health care, not taking it away,” the spokesperson added.
If nothing else, Warnock’s startling stance on abortion further proves that the stakes in the upcoming Georgia runoff election are higher than ever. It’s not just for the sake of controlling the Senate; a Republican win will also determine the fate of an untold number of unborn babies.