When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, he’ll be joined by a slightly narrower, but still present, pro-life majority in Congress.
According to RealClearPolitics (as of 8:00AM Wednesday morning), Democrats picked up nine seats in the House of Representatives (with the Republicans picking up three) and one seat in the Senate, though Republicans retain majorities of 237-191 and 52-47, respectively. (There are also conflicting reports on the possibility of Democrat Joe Manchin, who dissented from his party’s platform on abortion, defecting to the GOP.)
The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List reports that notable victories for pro-life candidates include incumbents: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock, Utah Rep. Mia Love, California Rep. Mimi Walters, Michigan Reps. Tim Walberg and Mike Bishop, Iowa Rep. Rod Blum, Washington Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Jaime Herrera Beutler, and New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith.
Pro-life newcomers include Reps.-elect Lloyd Smucker of Pennsylvania (succeeding pro-lifer Joe Pitts), Claudia Tenney of New York (filling a vacancy left by pro-abortion Republican Richard Hanna), and Liz Cheney of Wyoming (running for an open seat), and Sen.-elect Todd Young of Indiana (who defeated incumbent Evan Bayh).
Interestingly, among the few Republicans who lost their seats is Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk. Kirk has a 0% score with the National Right to Life Committee and was the only Republican to vote against defunding Planned Parenthood in the wake of the organization’s fetal organ harvesting scandal.
Actual pro-lifers who lost include Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada, who lost his Senate bid to pro-abortion candidate Catherine Cortez Masto, Tonia Khouri of Illinois, who was running against incumbent Rep. Bill Foster, and incumbent Rep. John Mica of Florida.
As of the time of this writing, pro-life New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s race has not yet been called. She is neck-and neck with Democrat challenger Maggie Hassan.
While it of course remains to be seen whether the candidates who won Tuesday night will follow through on their pro-life pledges, and while the Senate majority does not meet the 60-vote threshold necessary to ignore the threat of a filibuster, the 2016 election results have opened a path to enacting a robust pro-life agenda over the next four years, including the defunding and possible prosecution of Planned Parenthood, the confirmation of a pro-life successor to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and the repeal of Obamacare’s provisions forcing Americans to subsidize abortifacient drugs against their will — and that’s just the start.
Live Action President Lila Rose commented:
Public opinion on abortion is transforming as more and more Americans recognize life inside the womb and refuse to accept the idea that women’s rights are incompatible with children’s rights. Increasingly, Americans are pro-life and demand better for both women and preborn children than the violence that our laws condone.
Live Action’s platform and compelling visual media are educating millions of people every week with the truth about abortion and human dignity. We will continue our efforts to expose the violence of abortion and work with the new Congress and president to stop the billions of taxpayer dollars that prop up the abortion industry. United, the pro-life movement can eradicate the greatest human rights abuse of our time and rebuild a culture that respects every person’s most fundamental right — the right to life.