Five Lessons From Last Night's
Part One of Four
Good evening, and thanks for taking
time to read Today's News & Views. Needless to say, we have lots to say
about last night's elections. Part Two
gives you a breakdown of how the abortion issue influenced people's votes.
Parts Three and
Four analysis the impact of ObamaCare on
voters and what lies ahead. Over at National Right to Life News Today (www.nationalrighttolifenews.org),
Dr. Randy O'Bannon explores the mounting use of abortifacients in Ireland
while Wesley Smith brings us a very encouraging story of pluck and
perseverance. Please send your comments on Today's News & Views and National
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Last night's results cannot be
minimized, trivialized, or explained away by pro-abortionists. Pro-lifers
made gains of over 50 in the House, an incredible comeback from the
devastation of 2008. We also increased our numbers in the Senate. (For a
breakdown of the most competitive races, go to
There are at least five major lessons
to take away from Tuesday night.
Congressmen-elect Tim Scott of South Carolina (left) and
Allen West of Florida.
1. People cared about the
abortion issue, and pro-life candidates benefited enormously among
single-issue voters. I talk about that in detail in Part Two. Your work made
a huge difference in increasing our numbers in the House by over 50 members.
2. ObamaCare was the 5,000 Ib.
weight around the shoulders of a raft of Democrats. As explained in Part
Three, the public massively rejects ObamaCare and that rejection played a
key role in how they voted. We are all adults. We know it will not be easy
to repeal and replace ObamaCare, but the Republican House leadership is
committed to just that. "Top House Republicans, triumphant from their
sweeping Election Night victory, returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday
morning to declare that they would begin laying the groundwork for spending
cuts and repeal of President Obama's landmark health care bill," wrote the
New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg this morning. 'The American people have
concerns about government takeover of health care,'' Representative John A.
Boehner, the presumptive speaker, told reporters in his Capitol suite. 'I
think it's important for us to lay the groundwork before we begin to repeal
3. It was wonderfully symbolic
when we learned last night that Dr. Dan Benishek (R) had won in Michigan's
first congressional district. That is the seat held for many years by Rep.
Bart Stupak (D), the leader of the House Democrats who had previously voted
pro-life but who bailed out to vote for ObamaCare. (Stupak announced his
retirement shortly after the vote.) For a year, there has been a massive
disinformation campaign by those politicians and their supporters to hide
what they did. Thanks to National Right to Life, the public grasped that
these men and women had failed the babies at the single most critical
juncture since Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. Nobody gloated--we would
much have preferred that they had stayed true to the cause--but we refused
to be quietly sold down the river.
4. While it was very
unfortunate that some pro-life women running for the Senate lost, we should
not lose sight of how new pro-life champions were elected last night. Two
pro-life women are now governors. Republican Nikki Haley becomes the first
Indian-American governor of South Carolina while Susana Martinez becomes the
first female Latino to be elected governor of New Mexico. Pro-life
Republican Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, won convincingly to
become Florida's new senator. And two articulate pro-life African-Americans
won House seats. Retired Lt. Colonel Allen West prevailed in Florida's 22nd
District while South Carolina State Rep. Tim Scott's carried that state's
1st Congressional District.
5. We couldn't have done any of
this with you! Thank you, thank you, and thank you. Need I even say it? We
have just begun to fight.