By Dave Andrusko
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“[I]t’s nearly impossible to spend time in Ohio this election year without noticing a surge of activity from Mitt Romney supporters and canvassers who say that values and abortion issues are paramount. Signs near highways encourage voters to stand up for religious freedom, newspaper ads slam Obama on abortion, and cars parked in the vicinity of Republican rallies are plastered with antiabortion literature.” — From “Abortion issue galvanizes voters in battleground Ohio,” which appeared Sunday in the Los Angeles Times.
With rare, rare exceptions, such as yesterday’s story by the Los Angeles Times’ Alana Semuels, the mantra has been that abortion is either a non-factor in the 2012 presidential election or will redound to pro-abortion President Barack Obama because it is part of the loopy narrative about a “war on women.”
Semuels really does a commendable job of outlining why (as Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life said) “[A]fter four years of new Obamacare and [Department of Health and Human Services contraception] mandates, it’s just galvanized people of all different faiths. It truly is the greatest grass-roots movement we’ve ever seen.”
The following summarizes why the abortion issue will be so pivotal (and not just in Ohio) and explains why one voter told Semuels she is “more jazzed up this year than any other election year.”
- Andrew Bair, who spent more than three and one-half months working as a field organizer for National Right to Life in Ohio, agreed that Ohio pro-lifers were genuinely excited and that it was a story the media had not reported well. “There has been a genuine outpouring of support from the grassroots,” he said. “It’s been very exciting to see how fired up pro-lifers are, educating not just themselves but their neighbors.” That level of personal involvement, Bair added, “shows how motivated they are to vote and will make a real difference on Tuesday.”
- Obama’s hand-in-glove relationship with Planned Parenthood, whose clinics put to death over 330,000 unborn babies each and every year.
- The aforementioned mandate from Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services which, as bad it is in its own right, could be far worse were Obama elected to a second term. When President Obama’s health care legislation was under consideration in the Senate in 2009, NRLC warned that a provision dealing with “preventive health services” would empower the Secretary of Health and Human Services to mandate coverage of any medical service merely by adding the service to an expandable list. Predictably, the Administration issued a decree in August, 2011, covering all FDA-approved birth control methods – a mandate that, unless overturned, will produce an irreconcilable conflict between conscience and the coercive force of government for many employers. This has been strongly characterized as an attack on fundamental religious liberties by the U.S. Catholic bishops, the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and the leaders of many other religious bodies. Note: That same provision could mandate coverage of abortion.
- The clear and unambiguous guidance from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “They’ve been especially active in this election, and in recent weeks various bishops have sent letters encouraging their parishioners to vote, while strongly reminding them about the church’s position on abortion and contraception,” Semuels.
- What the article does not go into is the targeted work of National Right to Life’s PAC and the National Right to Life Victory Fund in Ohio, which included massive mailings and extensive radio. That focused and enormously effective outreach will make a difference, in fact quite possibly, THE difference in carrying a state crucial to pro-life Mitt Romney.
Be sure to read “Forget what the ‘mainstream media’ is telling you: Romney is in good shape one day out,” and to vote tomorrow. This is going to be a very close race and it could well be that the dedication of single-issue pro-life voters carries Mr. Romney to victory.
Be sure to follow frequently updated coverage on who wins the key races targeted by the National Right to Life Political Action Committee and the National Right to Life Victory Fund at www.nrlc.org