Controversy began swirling around Republican U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters after his website was changed in a way that seemingly reflected he was softening up his pro-life stance.
“I am 100% pro-life,” Masters’ website read as of Thursday morning.
That language is now gone.
Another notable deletion, NBC News reports, is a line that detailed his support for “a federal personhood law (ideally a constitutional amendment) that recognizes that unborn babies are human beings that may not be killed.”
While the alteration has left many of his pro-life supporters in a quandary, Mallory Carroll of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America asserts that Masters has not changed his tune.
“He had outlined earlier in the year what his ideal pro-life policy would be, and he supports complete protections for unborn children from the moment of conception, which, of course, we absolutely agree with as well,” Carroll tells AFN.
Masters has also voiced his support for a ban on late-term and partial-birth abortions, so pro-life groups are hopeful he will help to establish a pro-life majority in the Senate, if he is elected.
Carroll says the change to the Senate hopeful’s website was made to reflect what he believes Congress could challenge successfully.
“Blake has outlined his guiding principle for moving the ball forward, and it’s shared by Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America,” says Carroll. “We want lawmakers to enact the most ambitious life-saving legislation that can actually be passed.”
Masters, who has been endorsed by President Trump, is trying to defeat abortion-supporting incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Kelly (D) in Arizona. The Democrat is a co-sponsor of the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act, which would once again force abortion on all 50 states, regardless of any state laws that have been passed to protect the lives of the preborn.
Polling conducted in Arizona earlier this year by CRC Research on behalf of SBA Pro-Life America found a strong majority of Arizona voters (53%) oppose legislation allowing abortion up until birth and eliminating nearly all existing limits on abortion. 56% of Independents and 27% of Democrats said they are less likely to vote for Senator Kelly knowing he believes taxpayers should fund abortions up to birth. Further, 56% of voters prefer a 15-week limit, while just 27% say they prefer no limits.