By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director
Many in the media are referring to 2018 as the “Year of the Woman.” Of course for them that really means, “Year of the Pro-Abortion Woman.”
But in fact, there is a record-breaking number of women running for Congress in both parties, including many pro-life Republican women.
If you tally the numbers, more women are running for election to the U.S. Senate, for the U.S. House, or for governor than ever before. Some estimate that more than six hundred women filed to run in 2018 – indeed a record-breaking number.
Because of that influx, the Democrats have an unusually high number of pro-abortion candidates supported by EMILY’s List, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Planned Parenthood Action, the political arm of the nation’s largest abortion provider, running this year.
Ever modest, EMILY’s List claims “women will flip the House of Representatives in 2018 – both our strong Democratic women candidates and women voters who are furious…”
Who is EMILY’s List? It is a radical pro-abortion PAC which supports only Democrat women who support abortion on demand throughout pregnancy and support using tax dollars to pay for abortion. These are positions that are not supported by most voters.
Fortunately, there are many pro-life women running for election (and reelection) as well. They are also running for governor, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives and their elections will make a difference for life!
And it will be interesting to see how pro-abortion women fare in November with pro-life values voters when competing against a pro-life woman.
Historically National Right to Life does incredibly well in races against EMILY’s List candidates.
Take 2016. Two years ago, pro-life candidates supported by National Right to Life were in 26 head-to-head federal races against EMILY’s List candidates. In spite of an enormous financial disparity, National Right to Life-supported candidates won 21 of those races – 81%.
In 2014, National Right to Life-supported candidates won 19 of 26 (73%) of those races. In 2012, we won 48 of 74 (65%) of these matchups.
In 2010, we won in 14 of 20 (70%). In 2008, the pro-life candidate prevailed in 8 of 12 (67%). Going back to 2006, we won 78% of the time (14 of 18).
EMILY’s List is on target to raise and spend $90 million dollars in the 2018 election cycle, while Planned Parenthood and its allies have pledged to spend more than $30 million. After 21 primaries conducted this year, EMILY’s List alone has endorsed 11 gubernatorial candidates, 12 U.S. Senate candidates, and 49 U.S. House of Representatives candidates. (There were more of their endorsed candidates but some lost in primaries .)
This means there will be a huge number of pro-life vs. pro-abortion head-to-head races in November.
This year’s task is enormous, but pro-life voters are up to the challenge. We vote with our hearts for those who cannot help themselves.
Please work with National Right to Life to make 2018 the “Year of the pro-life women!” And, more importantly, let’s make 2018 a year in which pro-life candidates – regardless of gender – defeat pro-abortion candidates so that we can protect those who cannot protect themselves: our unborn children and medically vulnerable friends.
Be sure to look for election updates in future editions of nationalrighttolifenews.org.