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Election 2014: Pro-Life Wins Big


PETER JESSERER SMITH

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Nat. Cath. Register
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Media/Opinion
Date:
11/6/2014

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ABSTRACTElection 2014: Pro-Life Wins Big | Daily News | NCRegister.com Print Edition:  Nov. 2, 2014 Sign-up for our E-letter!   Donate News Blogs Radio Events Resources Advertise Store Subscribe Make This My Homepage Resources Archives Jobs College Guide Arts & Entertainment Books Commentary Culture of Life Education In Person News Opinion Sunday Guides Travel Vatican Dan Burke Jeanette DeMelo Edward Pentin Mark Shea Matthew Warner Jimmy Akin Matt & Pat Archbold Joan Frawley Desmond Simcha Fisher Tito Edwards Jennifer Fulwiler Steven D. Greydanus Tom Wehner Our Latest Show About the Show About the Register Donate Subscribe Stations Schedule Other EWTN Shows Advertising Overview Policies & Guidelines Digital Ad Specs Print Ad Specs Editorial Calendar & Due Dates Order Web Ad Print Article | Email Article | Write To Us Daily News Daily News Election 2014: Pro-Life Wins Big (960) The Nov. 4 election saw both ups — including a bipartisan pro-life majority in the U.S. Senate — and downs in legislative prospects for issues affecting Catholic social teaching. Tweet by PETER JESSERER SMITH 11/06/2014 Comments (2) Saira Blair, an 18-year-old pro-life Catholic, became the nation's youngest legislator with her election to West Virginia’s House of Delegates. – AP Photo/The Journal Newspaper, Ron Agnir WASHINGTON — Voters decided on a variety of issues related to Catholic social teaching on Nov. 4. There were a number of pro-life victories, although immigration reform is more uncertain than ever. Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, with nine pro-life candidates winning their races against Democratic opponents who support legal abortion. “We made great gains in the Senate,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee . With seven newly elected pro-life senators, and a possible eighth in Alaska, once the vote count is finished, the Senate will have a bipartisan pro-life majority, not simply Republican control. Pro-lifers regard this as particularly key in the context of any judicial appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court or other federal courts, as a pro-life Senate will hold the power to deny confirmation to any pro-abortion nominees President Barack Obama might choose. Tobias noted that pro-life candidates did very well against pro-abortion challengers. “We were in 26 races where we went head to head with [Emily’s List], where we had one of our pro-life candidates against one of their pro-abortion women, and we won 19 of the 26,” she said. “We thought that was a great statistic to add to everything.” Several prominent candidates heavily campaigned on abortion rights and lost. Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis lost to Republican Greg Abbott for Texas governor. Davis gained prominence after mounting an 11th-hour filibuster in 2013 to derail legislation restricting abortion. Sen. Mark Udall, a Colorado Democratic incumbent, campaigned so heavily on abortion rights that he was dubbed “Mark Uterus,” only to lose to GOP challenger Rep. Cory Gardner. Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law graduate whose lobbying for government-mandated birth control propelled her to fame as an icon of the “War on Women” theme, lost her own bid for state Senate in California.   Women Win With a Pro-Life Message By contrast, Saira Blair, an 18-year-old pro-life Catholic, became the youngest legislator in the country with her election to West Virginia’s House of Delegates. And another pro-life woman, Elise Stefanik, won election to the U.S. House as an upstate New York representative, becoming, at age 31, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. “To me, the thing that is most exciting is it represents the pushback against this idea that you cannot win based on a pro-life message,” said Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life . Yoest said the Democrats’ “War on Women” theme — which portrays opposition to abortion and contraception as an attack on women’s rights — has also become exposed as a “hollow message that has run its course,” pointing to the election of other pro-life women such as Jodi Ernst, the winner of Iowa’s hard-fought U.S. Senate race, and Mia Love, a black pro-life Mormon woman elected in Utah to the U.S. House. “I think it really backfired on them,” she said. Yoest said the upcoming legislative priorities are the 20-week abortion fetal-pain ban, removing taxpayer funding of abortion from federal programs and vigilance over President Obama’s picks to the federal bench and potentially the U.S. Supreme Court. “A lot of hard work has been done that has paid off, but a lot of hard work now begins,” said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life . Father Pavone said pro-life voters should build relationships with state and federal elected represe.......