Being Pro-life Pays Off at the Polls in Michigan


Editor’s note. This analysis was based on information provided to National Right to Life News Today by Right to Life of Michigan, NRLC’s state affiliate.


Pro-life Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette

Pro-life Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette

Because of the selfless work of pro-life people, the 2014 midterm election saw 86% of candidates endorsed by the Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee win their races– a historic result.

The top of the ticket did well, including returning pro-life Bill Schuette to the important office of Michigan Attorney General for four more years. We have elected pro-life people who share our values.

Highlights include victory for 100% of the endorsed candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives; 100% of the endorsed candidates for the Michigan Senate; and 90% of endorsed candidates for the Michigan House.

Specifically, we won 27 out of 27 races for the state senate where there are 38 seats and 61 out of 68 races in the state house where there are 110 seats.

As a result we have a solid majority the House and a super majority in the Senate!

By contrast, despite the efforts of paid election workers, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan-endorsed candidates fared poorly, winning only 46% of its races. Planned Parenthood routinely downplays their commitment to abortion, but Michigan voters were not fooled and returned solid pro-life majorities to the Michigan Legislature.

Although pro-abortion Gary Peters was unfortunately elected to the United States Senate, all eight of our endorsed candidates for the House of Representatives won on Tuesday: Dan Benishek, Bill Huizenga, John Moolenaar, Fred Upton, Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop, Candice Miller and David Trott. Consequently our congressional delegation remains over 50% pro-life.

Pro-life volunteers, working hard without pay, made a difference in key races, of which some were decided by less than 100 votes. Before the election, Detroit Free Press columnist Brian Dickerson begrudgingly recognized the unique success Right to Life of Michigan has with elections and legislation in the column, “How Right to Life keeps winning in Michigan.”

Right to Life of Michigan is a grassroots organization that depends on the work of affiliates and volunteers across the state. You are Right to Life of Michigan. Thank you for your efforts this election season!