By Karen Cross, Political Director
The abortion industry hoped for massive gains in the 2020 elections. Top pro-abortion organizations spent millions upon millions to influence hundreds of races. Pro-abortion fundraising behemoth EMILY’s List claims it spent $112 million in 2020—a record for the organization. EMILY’s List only supports Democratic women who support abortion without limits.
Fortunately, they got very little return on their investment. Despite being vastly outspent, it was National Right to Life whose candidates claimed significant victories in Congress.
In 2020, National Right to Life faced off against EMILY’s List candidates in 54 of the most competitive head-to-head House races. We were victorious in at least 37 races out of the 54. (Several races have yet to be called but our pro-life candidates remain in a strong position to pull off a win.)
It appears that EMILY’s List flipped just one House seat. They won the open seat in Georgia’s 7th District.
One of the most noteworthy pro-life victories in the House came in Texas’s 21st District where National Right to Life-endorsed Rep. Chip Roy defeated abortion champion Wendy Davis. Many will recall that Wendy Davis, a former Texas state senator, captured national attention when she waged an hours-long filibuster on the Texas Senate floor in hopes of defeating a major pro-life bill.
Following her stunt on the Senate floor and the bill’s ultimate passage, Davis left the state Senate and ran for governor, another race she lost overwhelmingly.
Such a radical defender of abortion on demand—even late in pregnancy—in the U.S. House would have be detrimental. Despite massive spending on her behalf by EMILY’s List, we were able to keep this seat in pro-life hands by re-electing Rep. Roy.
Pro-life candidates backed by National Right to Life also defeated EMILY’s List incumbents. Those pro-life candidates are Carlos Gimenez in Florida’s 26th District, Maria Elvira Salazar in Florida’s 27th District, Ashley Hinson in Iowa’s 1st District, Yvette Herrell in New Mexico’s 2nd District, and Stephanie Bice in Oklahoma’s 5th District.
Please check the story on page 4 where we celebrate the election of at least 16 new pro-life women to the House.
In the battle for the Senate, we faced off against EMILY’s List in four competitive races. National Right to Life’s candidates prevailed in Iowa, Kansas, and Texas while EMILY’s List’s sole victory was in holding incumbent Senator Tina Smith’s seat in Minnesota.
In the Iowa Senate race, abortion advocates were keen to defeat pro-life champion Sen. Joni Ernst. Throughout her first term, Sen. Ernst was a passionate defender of unborn babies and their mothers. By contrast, groups such as EMILY’s List recruited Theresa Greenfield, who supported a policy of abortion on demand and taxpayer funding of abortion. Iowa voters spoke loud and clear. Sen. Ernst won re-election by six points, or more than 100,000 votes.
In Kansas, Democrats nominated Barbara Bollier, one of the most outspoken abortion advocates in the state Senate. She was a vociferous opponent of commonsense pro-life legislation, such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which protects unborn babies at 20 weeks by which point they are capable of feeling pain. Voters soundly rejected her abortion extremism by voting for pro-life physician and Congressman Roger Marshall. The end result was a 12-point win for Dr. Marshall, a margin of victory of over 158,000 votes.
Heading into Election Day 2020, the political pundits, bolstered by their supposedly infallible polling, told us to expect a “blue wave.” Pro-abortion groups, such EMILY’s List, had massively outspent pro-life groups like National Right to Life. Yet, pro-life candidates prevailed across the country, even in races which were not expected to be competitive.
Never underestimate the power of the pro-life grassroots!