By Karen Cross. NRL Political Director
Every election year brings with it new challenges, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that this election has been the most unpredictable election year in our lifetime!
But there do remain constants.
Every election, we encounter those who are so discouraged with how some races are shaping up that they hide behind their anger and sacrifice their right to vote.
And, every election, we make decisions that will have consequences, for good or ill, for generations to come.
In politics, we have to always be looking forward, being watchful and vigilant in a field that is constantly changing. But we can’t just look to the future, we must also learn from our past, being ever mindful to not repeat history’s mistakes.
It’s no wonder then, that I have always been fascinated by history. Reading over the founding of our country, I am in awe of those willing to fight the necessary battles, who gave up their happiness – even their lives – for the opportunity to give us the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of our own.
I often find this selflessness reflected in the pro-life movement.
Millions of pro-lifers have dedicated their lives to fight for the rights of people we will never meet, making sacrifices so that others may live.
As pro-lifers, we are constantly on the battle lines. We battle for the hearts and minds of Americans. We are on the frontlines in a spiritual battle as well.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
We forget that these words represented a truly radical idea of the time. They fought on the frontlines of history, incapable of knowing the ripple effect their efforts would have on future lives. But they knew that these ideas, life, liberty… were worth fighting for.
We now find ourselves in a ferocious battle to keep pro-life leadership in the U.S. House and Senate, so that we can pass protective pro-life legislation that saves lives – and prevent the enactment of sweeping new pro-abortion legislation that would cost countless lives.
Each time you enter the voting booth, you have a ripple effect that will impact the entire country. You will be electing senators and representatives who will determine the direction of our nation and who will decide the next members of our Supreme Court. You will be electing local representatives who will decide whether your state respects life or passes laws that prey on the vulnerable.
Those local representatives whom you elect may eventually run for higher office. And so the cycle continues. Each vote we cast, or do not cast, will have consequences.
You may tire of hearing me tell you that each election is the most important we have ever seen, but with each election comes new opportunities, new dangers, and fresh faces. Each election is a chance to protect mothers and their unborn children, and each election I will sound the call for you to take up your arms and work for political leaders who will represent ALL of us – born and unborn.
The freedom to vote and the opportunity to have an impact of this magnitude is both a great privilege and a great responsibility we all bear.
As we look to upcoming Supreme Court nominations perhaps the greatest responsibility we in the political field have right now is to ensure we have a pro-life Senate that will confirm pro-life nominees and block judges who would entrench and expand Roe.
This year, there are 34 U.S. Senate seats up for election: 10 Democrat seats and 24 Republican seats. All of the Democrats up for re-election are pro-abortion.
According to Cook Political Report eight of the 10 Democrat seats are currently “safe,” while 13 of the 24 Republican seats are vulnerable. Democrats need a net gain of five seats to regain control of the Senate, or four if they win the White House.
(For an overview of the 2016 Senate Elections, see page one.)
In the House of Representatives Democrats need a net gain of only 30 seats to take pro-abortion control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The battle for majority control of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives will have sweeping implications for the future of the pro-life movement and our battle to save unborn babies. The loss of the pro-life Republican majorities would be devastating to life issues.
I began by talking about history, and the importance of reflecting upon where we have been, so as to not repeat the mistakes of the past. A radical idea in the 1700s, that we all have the equal right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness carries us through in our actions today.
But today we make history of our own. Today we make choices for future generations to reflect upon. Will they look back in 300 years at our choices and deride us for staying silent in the face of evil? Will they admire our diligence in protecting the weak and the vulnerable? Will they wonder why we didn’t do more?
No. That last one is off the table – we will do all we can.
The late Elie Wiesel, an Auschwitz survivor, told us, “[T]o remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all.”
Abortion is the ultimate human discrimination and we. Will. Not. Stay. Silent.
We will fight with our last breath for those who cannot speak for themselves. As long as there is the violence and injustice of abortion there will be those of us who stand against it, and work to protect all of our unborn brothers and sisters.
In every battle, there are soldiers, and every soldier needs their marching orders. These are yours:
Do not stay silent.
Do not be discouraged.
Do not allow fear to guide your steps.
The stakes are too important, and every voice will be needed to ensure the Senate holds. We must hold the Senate. YOU must hold the Senate. If you do nothing, we will fail.
For instance, one way you can do this is to share this edition of National Right to Life News, and you can reenergize your troops at home.
When the grassroots march as one, we will succeed. And with our success will come a culture that makes good on the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all, born and unborn.
Look for updates in future National Right to Life News Today.
Editor’s note. This story appeared in page one of the August digital edition of National Right to Life News. You can read all the many news stories, commentaries, opinion pieces, and editorials at www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/NRLNewsAugust2016.pdf. Please share them all, using your social media contacts.