In Michigan, while Canadian-born Jennifer Granholm, a pro-abortion Democrat, won the gubernatorial race, the Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee claimed victory. Of the 275 candidates endorsed by the RLM-PAC, a whopping 232 were elected (an 84.4 per cent success rate), with the Michigan state house, state senate and U.S. congressional delegation all having pro-life majorities.
In Pennsylvania, where pro-abortion Ed Rendell (D) won the governor’s race over pro-life Mike Fisher (R), the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation announced that the state maintains a pro-life majority in its state senate, state house and congressional delegations.
Phil Kline, the newly elected attorney-general of Kansas, announced that he will enforce state restrictions on late-term abortions, disputing his predecessor’s understanding that U.S. Supreme Court decisions imply a mental health exception to a 1998 state law restricting late-term abortions of viable unborn children.
West Virginians for Life reported that 16 of the 17 successful state senate candidates were pro-life, while prominent pro-abortionists in the house of delegates lost their seats.
Wisconsin Right to Life reported that a number of new pro-life legislators resulted in “a solid right to life majority in the (state) senate and increased the pro-life majority in the state assembly.
Oregon Measure 23, which would have provided a government-run, socialized healthcare scheme and covered allegedly “medically necessary services” such as abortion, contraceptives, morning-after pills, and doctor-assisted suicide, was soundly defeated.
In supposedly “liberal” Minnesota, pro-lifers won both major state-wide contests. Pro-life Norm Coleman (R) beat pro-abortion Walter Mondale (D) in a senate race in which abortion featured prominently, while pro-life Tim Palwenty (R) beat two pro-abortion candidates in a three-way race for governor. Independence Party candidate and former Democratic congressman Tim Penny lost the trust of voters after he flip-flopped from a pro-life to pro-abortion position. According to Fox News Channel, abortion ranked as the most important issue for about one in six voters. For such single-issue voters, pro-lifers were at a five-to-one advantage, more than enough to account for their margin of victories.
The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, which contributes to the campaigns of pro-life candidates, backed the winner in 22 of the 30 races it was involved in. The National Journal reported that the National Right to Life Committee was one of the six most successful political action committees in this mid-term election.
By contrast, the pro-abortion Emily’s List – the nation’s wealthiest donation-distributing political action committee, lost 17 of the 22 targeted races. The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League saw 18 of its 19 targeted candidates lose. According to the National Journal, both groups ranked among the six least successful PACs.
The number of pro-life women in the House and Senate increased from seven to 12, including the first pro-life woman senator, Elizabeth Dole (R., N.C.)
With the change in party control in the Senate, a number of key committee chairmanships will change hands. Most important, pro-life Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) will replace pro-abortion Patrick Leahy (D., Vermont) as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, under which the Democrats have successfully scuttled several of President Bush’s pro-life judicial appointments solely on the basis that the nominee was pro-life.
In the weeks before the election, President Bush made regaining the Senate a key theme of his campaign stops, focusing a number of times on the failure of the Senate to consider his judicial nominees. This strategy is being credited by the Washington Times with helping pro-life candidates win Senate races in South Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Minnesota.
Fox News Channel asked voters in the Missouri Senate race which “one” issue mattered most in deciding for whom to vote. Abortion finished second, with 17 per cent of voters listing it. Pro-life Republican Jim Talent had the support of 80 per cent of such voters, giving him a net advantage of 10 per cent over his pro-abortion opponent, incumbent Democratic Senator Jean Carnahan. He won by just one per cent.
According to exit polling by respected pollster John Zogby, in nine key Senate races, the pro-life candidate enjoyed a seven per cent advantage over pro-abortion candidates and a 12-point advantage over pro-abortion candidates in all mid-term elections (in which Zogby polled voters).
Republicans could add another moderately pro-life senator in a special run-off election. Louisiana law requires a candidate to get more than 50 per cent of the vote. Incumbent Mary Landrieu (D) admitted that her own grandfather did not vote for her in 1996 because she supported abortion. Suzanne Terrell (R) is hoping to defeat her on Dec. 7. A Republican win would give them a more comfortable 52-47 lead in seats (with one independent).
“The threat to choice is greater today than it has been in decades.” – Kate Michelman, president of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League.
“Surely this must put an end to the notion by establishment Republicans that people who uphold moral values cannot win.” – Sandy Rios, president of Concerned Women for America.
“One of the most remarkable days for the cause of unborn babies in 30 years.” – The National Right to Life Committee.