Pro-Life Increments, Prospects, and Opportunities
By Karen Cross
The nature of
politics requires that you always must juggle multiple balls at
once. Even as we are digging in to fend off this Congress’s health
care “reform” initiative, we must simultaneously look ahead to the
composition of the next Congress. Valuable advice given to children
growing up takes on renewed meaning in this important election year:
an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; a stitch in time
saves nine; and, most of all, be prepared.
As National Right to
Life Political Action Committee (NRL PAC) looks to 2010, one thing
is certain in a very volatile political situation. Just as the 2008
elections had serious consequences for the pro-life movement, so
will the congressional midterm elections in 2010. The next Congress
will consider important issues pro-life people everywhere hold dear.
impossible to overstate how much the political landscape has changed
in the last few months, and continues to change even today. Each
week, more congressional races move into the “toss-up” category.
This means there are more pro-life seats to protect and more
opportunities to unseat pro-abortion members of Congress.
NRL PAC, although
vastly outspent by pro-abortion organizations, has an impressive
track record. For example, in 2008, NRL PAC actively supported
nearly 90 pro-life candidates.
Of those, 12
candidates were in highly competitive races against candidates who
were actively supported by EMILY’s List. For those who aren’t
familiar with it, EMILY’s List is a political action committee that
supports Democratic women who support abortion on demand,
partial-birth abortion, and tax funding of abortion. EMILY’s List
raised and spent about $43 million dollars in 2008.
Even in the very
difficult political climate of 2008, the pro-life candidate
supported by National Right to Life PAC won 8 of the 12 head-to-head
According to a
post-election poll conducted by the Polling CompanyTM Inc. in
November 2008, pro-life candidates enjoyed a definite advantage in
the 2008 elections. The advantage was very large among those who
said abortion “affected” their vote.
Moreover, 5% of all
voters across the nation said that abortion was the most important
issue affecting their vote. In the presidential contest,
specifically, 90% of these (4.5% of the entire population) voted for
the pro-life candidate while only 10% (one-half of 1% of the entire
population) voted for Obama. This means “single-issue” abortion
voters provided a net gain (or “increment”) of 4%.
This advantage is
nothing new. In every major election since 1980, pro-life candidates
have fared better than have pro-abortion candidates among those
voters who base their vote on the abortion issue. In close races,
having an educated, registered electorate that remembers to vote is
We need to grow that
“hard increment”—those people who say their first issue when they
vote is abortion. And that can be done because the majority of the
country is opposed to the reasons the vast majority of abortions are
So how can one
prepare for the 2010 elections? For starters, some people still
don’t know that Obama is the most pro-abortion President in the
history of the United States! Education is important.
Help our friends,
our family and our co-workers stay up-to-date on the issues.
Tell them about pro-life web sites:
subscriptions to NRL News (see page 10) and encourage them to
have Today’s News and Views—an invaluable daily blog that
discusses current pro-life events—sent directly to their inboxes
Network with your
local chapter and state right to life affiliate; use social
networking tools like Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail. (See story,
Talk to those who
support our cause and remind them of their responsibility to
vote. Astonishingly, more than four million regular church
attenders who voted in 2004 did not vote in 2008. It should not
be difficult to convince them to vote in 2010.
Be encouraged. In
the 2009 gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey,
pro-life candidates Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie won against
solid pro-abortion candidates in states that voted for Obama in
The 2010 elections
give NRL PAC another opportunity to strengthen pro-life support in
the U.S. House and Senate against the Obama abortion agenda, so that
we can continue protecting the most vulnerable.
Since 1973 more than
50 million defenseless babies have been aborted—nearly 3,500 each
day, 365 days a year.
They’re depending on
us to win—their lives stand in the balance. We must continue working
until every unborn child is protected.
There are 10 months
until the November 2010 general election.
Let us remember the
lessons learned from our youth, and “be prepared.”