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‘A very significant scar’: Senate candidate describes regret over girlfriend’s abortion

Pro-life demonstrators march toward the Supreme Court in January during the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Republican state Rep. Ed Henry, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, has expressed regret over the abortion of his first child and has called for Planned Parenthood to be defunded. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

A candidate for Senate in Alabama who has expressed regret over the abortion of his first child is hitting Republicans in Congress for providing funding for Planned Parenthood in the federal budget.

President Donald Trump approved a spending bill last week that funds the federal government through September. The bill leaves Planned Parenthood funding in place.

The American Health Care Act, House Republicans’ controversial legislation to replace Obamacare, would strip federal funds from Planned Parenthood for one year — if it is signed into law.

According to, state Rep. Ed Henry (R) said that isn’t good enough.

"What is the point of being in power if we can't at least defund an organization that kills hundreds of thousands of unborn children every year?” he asked. “There is no way I could ever vote in good conscience for a federal budget — even a continuing resolution — if it meant funding the senseless death of so many innocent lives. Republicans ran on defunding Planned Parenthood."

Henry, one of four announced candidates for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Jeff Sessions who became U.S. attorney general, revealed in 2012 that he regrets his former girlfriend’s 1991 abortion.

"In '91, I was in a similar situation where I had a girlfriend who was with child and I made a decision that I will regret — that we went and I murdered my child, my first child," Henry told attendees at a pro-life rally.

He said the impact of that decision only fully hit him years later when he and his wife were expecting their daughter.

"I saw that ultrasound of my baby, my child, and it came down on me like a ton of bricks that I had murdered my first child. And I will carry that with me to my grave," he said. "It should not be this easy for our children to kill their children."

Henry told last week that he regrets the abortion to this day.

"All of your experiences are cumulative of who you are but that is a very significant scar that I have on my soul," he said.

(H/T: Faithwire News)

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