Abortion foes target Sen. Bill Nelson

Susan B. Anthony List has been visiting Florida homes since last summer.
Demonstrators in Washington (Associated Press file photo)
Demonstrators in Washington (Associated Press file photo)
Published April 23, 2018|Updated April 23, 2018

Abortion foes are traveling Florida this week in an attempt to stir opposition to Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Susan B. Anthony List, which said its canvassers have visited 335,000 homes ahead of the midterms, will hold news conferences in Pensacola and Panama City on Wednesday,  Tallahassee and Jacksonville on Thursday and Friday in West Palm Beach.

"Bill Nelson could not be more out of step with his pro-life constituents. He voted repeatedly to continue sending tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, the country's biggest abortion business," said Jill Stanek, a former nurse who serves as Susan B. Anthony List's national campaign chair.

"Senator Nelson even voted against a compassionate, popular measure to stop abortion after five months, when babies feel pain, and legislation simply saying that if an unborn child survives an abortion, they ought to be treated with equal dignity and to receive medical care."

In January, Nelson was one of two Democrats who did not vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks.

"He had several events in South Florida today with former Vice President Joe Biden and wasn't able to get back in time for the vote. Nelson plans to enter his 'no' vote into the record," Nelson's office said at the time.

Susan B. Anthony List canvassers began leaving anti-Nelson door hangers last summer, part of an early ramp up for the midterms.