2022 Primaries are Underway: Let’s Win for the Babies


By Karen Cross, Political Director

Editor’s note. This appeared in the April edition of National Right to Life News. Please be sure to make your pro-life family and friends aware of this story and of the entire 42 page issue.

It is hard to believe 2022’s primary season began on March 1, when Texas held the first in the nation primary. May and June will hold thirty more state primaries – setting the stage for many head-to-head pro-life vs. pro-abortion races nationwide.

Elections matter tremendously for the pro-life cause. This could not be clearer as we watched the slim pro-abortion Democratic House majority advance an appropriations bill without the Hyde Amendment, a longstanding rider that prevents our federal tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions in Medicaid and many other federal programs. The Hyde Amendment has saved an estimated 2.5 million lives since its first passage in 1976!

All who have a heart for the unborn and their mothers must give their all in the coming months.

However, we must be careful that in our zeal to protect life we do not inadvertently help defeat pro-life candidates. 

How, you may ask, can we do this? There are six ways this can happen: 

1.    Fall in love with your candidate. Too often pro-lifers get so excited about their candidate that if he/she loses to another pro-life candidate (especially in a primary), the pro-life grassroots person does not support the pro-life candidate who won. Because their candidate did not win, they will not volunteer in the campaign or work to get others to vote for that candidate. Pro-life candidates need the active support of all pro-lifers and, all too often, without that full support, a pro-abortion candidate wins. 

2.   Believe that your candidate is the only “real” pro-life candidate in the race and bash other pro-life candidates. Some people pick out the one or two votes that a pro-life candidate did not vote right on and attack him or her as not being really pro-life. By doing this, however, the pro-lifer demoralizes other pro-lifers and weakens enthusiasm for the pro-life candidate who does win the primary, making it more difficult for the pro-life candidate to win in November. 

3.   Support a really nice candidate who is pro-life but has no chance of winning. The viability of a candidate must be considered when we decide whom to vote for.  If it is apparent a wonderfully pro-life candidate cannot win, he needs to be encouraged to step aside for a candidate who may not be as eloquent but who can actually win and then be able to take action to protect unborn children.

4.   Expect the candidate to sound like a Right to Life chapter chairperson. Many candidates will do what is right when they are elected, but that does not mean they will be comfortable or eloquent talking about the killing of unborn babies. Some of our strongest pro-life elected officials, whose actions have helped to save hundreds of thousands of unborn babies, are not articulate on pro-life issues. Remember, words are nice, action is far better. 

5.   Expect the candidate to make abortion the top issue in the campaign. To win, a candidate must focus on several issues that will appeal to a broad variety of voters.  In some races, making abortion an issue will help the candidate, but in some parts of the country, the pro-life candidate must stress other issues to win.

6.   Vote for a third-party candidate who has no chance of winning. There will be times when a third-party candidate will get into the race, claiming to be the “real” pro-lifer. He will attack the pro-life candidate and get other pro-lifers to jump on board.  This is a sure strategy to elect the pro-abortion candidate. In some close races the number of votes for a third-party candidate can be the difference between electing a pro-life candidate instead of a pro-abortion candidate. 

You can click here [www.nrlvictoryfund.org/resources/6-ways-to-defeat-a-pro-life-candidate ]to download the “6 Ways to Defeat a Pro-Life Candidate” brochure to distribute to your friends and family. Remember the outcome of elections matters tremendously and a pro-life candidate must win to be able to take the action necessary to save babies. 

In South Carolina alone more than 184,000 babies are alive today because South Carolina Citizens for Life helped pass pro-life legislation.  That is 184,000 families blessed with a baby instead of cursed with despair and regret. 

What a difference pro-lifers can make! Let’s be careful that our well-intentioned actions do not help defeat the pro-life candidate.

And finally, when the dust has settled, primaries are finalized, and the parties have determined their nominees, let us look at the best outcome for the babies by working for the pro-life candidate that made it to the general election. And win this one for the babies!