With 73% of the pro-life candidates supported by the Anthony List, and 64% supported by CWPAC, winning their elections, and with 91% of the pro-abortion candidates supported by NARAL and 81% supported by Emily's List, LOSING their elections, you would think that this is a mandate to END "legalized abortion".
Pro-Family Movement Surges in Election 2002
NARAL, Emily's List PACs Lose Big
By Robert Knight, Director, Culture and Family Institute
November 6, 2002
Tuesdays national election not only delivered the U.S. Senate and a fortified House to the Republicans, but gave the pro-life and pro-family movement significant gains.
The pro-life cause was not merely riding the wave of a Republican tide, said Michael Schwartz, CWAs vice president for government relations. If that were the case, you would not have seen pro-life Democrats like Tim Holden (D-Pennsylvania) and Mike Michaud (D-Maine) winning highly competitive races while pro-abortion Republicans like Connie Morella (R-Maryland) were going down.
Pro-family political action committees scored heavily, while pro-abortion PACS came up short. Of 30 candidates backed by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, 22 won. Similarly, of 14 candidates backed by the pro-life Concerned Women Political Action Committee, nine won. In contrast, the National Abortion Rights Action League lost 10 out of 11 races, and the pro-abortion Emilys List lost 17 out of 21 races.
In Nevada, voters by a two-to-one margin approved a constitutional amendment protecting marriage and soundly defeated a proposal to legalize marijuana. Pro-marijuana proposals also went down in Ohio and Arizona.
In Minnesota, Republican Norm Coleman, who issued a pro-life challenge to Democrat Walter Mondale in Mondays debate, won the Senate seat formerly held by the late Paul Wellstone (D), who died two weeks ago in a plane crash. In his acceptance speech on Wednesday, Coleman said his first priority was to build strong families.
In Florida, Republican Katherine Harris, an outspoken Christian and the former Florida secretary of state who certified the presidential election in 2000, had been targeted for defeat by Democrats. She beat Jan Schneider to take the District 13 congressional seat.
In Maryland, eight-term Republican Congresswoman Connie Morella lost her seat to Democrat Chris Van Hollen. Feminists, who had backed Morella over the years for her consistently pro-abortion, pro-homosexual views, abandoned her to back the man with the party label.
In the Maryland governors race, Republican Bob Ehrlich, who favors some restrictions on abortion and declined to endorse the homosexual political agenda, defeated pro-abortion, pro-homosexual Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend to become the first GOP governor of Maryland since Spiro Agnews election in 1966. Townsend had held one of her fundraisers at the Maryland home of Elizabeth Birch, executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest homosexual pressure group in the country.
The pro-life stand was a decisive factor in the Republican takeover of the Senate, said Sandy Rios, president of Concerned Women for America. Candidates like Norm Coleman (Minnesota) and Jim Talent (Missouri), who claimed the pro-life agenda in very tight races, have won.
We are proud of our state leaders and grassroots activists for their fine work in promoting the pro-life agenda in many of these key races.
Surely this must put an end to the notion by establishment Republicans that people who uphold moral values cannot win. Surely the defeat of one of their favorite pro-choice incumbents, Connie Morella, in the liberal state of Maryland, should say that if the Grand Old Party is to prevail it must re-embrace its platform and stop dividing its members in the guise of uniting them.
Key U.S. Senate races in which pro-life, pro-family candidates beat pro-abortion liberals:
Colorado: Republican Wayne Allard beat Democrat Tom Strickland.
Georgia: Republican Saxby Chambliss ousted Democrat Sen. Max Cleland.
Minnesota: Pro-family Republican Norm Coleman beat former Vice President Walter Mondale.
Missouri: Republican Rep. Jim Talent ousted Democratic Sen. Jean Carnahan.
New Hampshire: Republican John Sununu beat Gov. Jeanne Shaheen.
North Carolina: Republican Elizabeth Dole beat former Clinton cabinet member Erskine Bowles.
South Carolina: Republican Lindsey Graham beat Democrat Alex Sanders.
In Louisiana, incumbent pro-abortion Sen. Mary Landrieu was forced into a runoff when she failed to get more than 50 percent of the votes cast.
In South Dakota, Republican John Thune apparently lost by 500 votes to incumbent Democrat Tim Johnson, an associate of Majority Leader Tom Daschle. A recount has been ordered. Thune had declined to sign a Madison Project survey which included a statement supporting the reversal of Roe v. Wade. This cost him 100 young volunteers and some campaign money in the waning weeks of the campaign.
Key House races in which pro-life candidates prevailed
Indiana: Republican Chris Chocola beat Democrat Jill Long-Thompson, who was heavily backed by Emilys List, the pro-abortion political action committee (District 2).
Colorado: Republican Marilyn Musgrave beat Democrat Stan Matsunaka (District 4).
Florida: Republican Katherine Harris defeated Democrat Jan Schneider (District 13).
Maine: Democrat Michael Michaud beat Republican Kevin Raye (District 2).
New Jersey: Republican Scott Garrett beat Democrat Anne Sumers (District 5).
New Mexico: Republican Steve Pearce beat Democrat John Smith (District 2).
Pennsylvania: Democrat Tim Holden beat Republican George Gekas (District 17).
Texas: Republican Jeb Hensaring beat Democrat Ron Chapman (District 5).
Marilyn Musgrave led the charge on the Defense of Marriage legislation in Colorado, and was said to be too conservative to win, Schwartz said. But she won. Meanwhile at least three of the four incumbents who were defeated were pro-abortion. Only one pro-life incumbent, Felix Grucci Jr. (D-New York), lost. We lost a great number of pro-life Democrats through retirement and reapportionment, but the good news is that three new pro-life Democrats were elected, including two (Tim Ryan of Ohio and Mike Michaud of Maine) who replaced pro-abortion Democrats.
While the country gave control to the more conservative Republican Party, Maine Republicans followed pro-abortion Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe over the proverbial cliff, said Michael Heath, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine. Her protege, Kevin Raye, boldly declared his abortion credentials and lost to the pro-life Democrat, Michael Michaud. On this pro family issue the aphorism is true, As Maine goes, so goes the nation.
In Tennessee, pro-life Democrat Lincoln Davis beat pro-life Republican Janice Bowling to replace pro-life Republican Van Hilleary, who lost his race for governor.
There will be 18 freshmen Democrats in the next Congress. Half of them are replacing Democrats, and three of them are pro-life. Given the drift of the last few years in the Democratic Party, thats real good, Schwartz said.
In California, Republican Bill Simon, who flip-flopped on the homosexual issue and avoided the abortion issue, was defeated by incumbent Democrat Gray Davis. But overall, Republicans did surprisingly well.
The governors races were where the Democrats thought they would see daylight, but they got their clocks cleaned, Schwartz said. They saw the defeat of incumbents in Georgia, South Carolina and possibly in Alabama. In Florida, the landslide for Jeb Bush was a humiliation for the Democrats. He was their Number One target, and he won by 15 points. And for the fourth election in a row, Republicans have won the governorship in Massachusetts (Mitt Romney). Thats a state where they dont usually bother even putting Republicans on the ballot in most cases. No incumbent Republican governor except Scott McCallum in Wisconsin, who inherited the job when Tommy Thompson became Health and Human Services secretary, was defeated (by Democrat Jim Doyle) yesterday. In Hawaii, Republican Linda Lingle became governor.
Given the liberal tendencies of some of these Republicans, this doesnt mean that there is some great revival of conservative principle at work. What it does mean is that the Democratic Party is no longer capable of doing what political parties are supposed to do, which is to win elections. This was an off-year election. The Democrats, the opposition party, should have gained 25 House seats and three or four Senate seats. Instead, they lost ground in both houses. And that makes the victories of the pro-life Democrats who did win elections more striking.