By Karen Cross, Political Director, National Right to Life
Even though it is only April 2011, we should remember that pro-abortionists have already geared up to defeat pro-life incumbents they consider especially vulnerable.
On April 14, the Senate voted 58-42 to reject House Concurrent Resolution 36, which would cut off federal funds to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates. It was similar to the Pence Amendment that was adopted by the House of Representatives on February 19, 240-185. It was the first time that the Senate has voted on this issue.
Following the vote Planned Parenthood’s political arm–The Planned Parenthood Action Fund–launched radio ads targeting seven pro-life freshmen congressmen.
Reps. Allen West (R-Fl), Joe Walsh (R-Il), Randy Hultgren (R-Il), Frank Guinta (R-NH), Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa), and Pat Meehan (R-Pa) were targeted in the ads. All seven have scored 100% pro-life records in the 112th Congress.
PPFA is the nation’s largest abortion provider, reporting 332,278 abortions in 2009.
And because the HCR 36 was defeated in the Senate, our tax dollars will continue to subsidize an organization in which nearly one of every eight women who walks through its doors has an abortion.
Those pro-life freshmen congressmen should be proud to be among those targeted by the abortion industry. It means they are doing something very right.
Although these congressmen, and other pro-life members of the House and Senate, will be targeted by PP Action Fund and NARAL, it is also true that pro-life voters vote their hearts. They vote for the most vulnerable among us. They are selfless and passionate, and in 2010, they soundly voted against Obama’s abortion agenda.
According to a poll conducted by the polling companyTM inc., pro-life candidates enjoyed a definite advantage in the 2010 elections. Thirty percent of voters said that abortion affected their vote. Of that 30%, 22% of all voters voted for pro-life candidates, while only eight percent of all voters voted for pro-abortion candidates–a net advantage of 14 % for pro-life candidates.
This advantage is not new. National Right to Life Political Action Committee was organized in 1980. In the 30 years that followed, in election after election, among those voters who base their vote on abortion, National Right to Life has consistently seen a definite advantage for pro-life candidates over pro-abortion candidates.
Despite being vastly outspent by pro-abortion groups in 2010, candidates supported by National Right to Life Political Action Committee fared well. National Right to Life PAC actively worked in 130 of the most competitive federal races nationwide. Of those, 88 won.
And, because pro-life candidates won so resoundingly,Congress is debating and voting on pro-life legislation once again.
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