By Karen Cross, NRL Political Director
The pro-life movement has an important job to do!
Currently, the U.S. Senate is divided 50-50, with pro-abortion Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaker. On November 8, 2022, there will be 14 Democrat and 21 Republican Senate seats on the ballot across the nation. If Democrats increase their number, they will change the filibuster rules, alter the makeup of the Supreme Court by increasing the number of justices, and ultimately undo pro-life successes like the Dobbs ruling.
The Democrats’ extreme and constitutionally dubious abortion legislation, deceptively titled the Women’s Health Protection Act, would pass both houses of Congress. It should really be called the ”Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act” because it would enshrine abortion in federal law and policies, and it would tear down hundreds of pro-life protections on the state level including parental involvement laws and women’s right to know laws.
The abortion industry is a formidable foe. They hide behind pretty words like “choice,” “freedom,” and “health care.” Even “Planned Parenthood,” the name of the nation’s largest chain of abortion clinics, is a misnomer. But here are the facts: The abortion industry does not truly care about health, safety, or the future. They are driven by profit. They ignore pain, suffering, abandonment, and abuse, and they make billions of dollars every year doing it. To keep the money flowing, the abortion industry invests heavily in lobbyists, litigation, media, marketing, and political activities.
The pro-life movement achieved a great victory in the Dobbs case. But we cannot get complacent. Pro-life laws currently on the books are at stake in the midterm elections, and vulnerable women and babies are the ones who will pay the price if we do not take a stand. Let’s look at some of the upcoming competitive Senate races:
Pro-abortion Senator Mark Kelly (D) is up for a full term in 2022. The leading Republican candidates are pro-life. Blake Masters and Attorney General Mark Brnovich are leading the GOP field in polling. Their primary will be held on August 2nd.
In Georgia, pro-abortion Senator Raphael Warnock (D) is seeking a full term in 2022. Warnock has voted for taxpayer funding of abortion and against legislation to protect unborn babies at 20 weeks when they can feel pain. NRL-endorsed businessman and football legend Herschel Walker is challenging Warnock in a race considered a tossup.
In Florida, pro-life Senator Marco Rubio is running for re-election. We need Senator Rubio’s strong legislative record and unwavering support for life in the Senate for another term. With $13 million cash on hand, pro-abortion Rep. Val Demings, an EMILY’s List candidate, is the likely Democrat nominee challenging Senator Rubio in a race considered lean or likely Republican. EMILY’s List is a pro-abortion PAC that only supports Democrat women candidates who support unlimited abortion through birth and using tax dollars to pay for them. They are extreme on abortion and out of touch with American voters.
Many political observers consider Colorado as Likely Democratic or Safe Democratic. But pro-abortion Democrat Senator Michael Bennet’s re-election should not be seen as foregone conclusion. Recent polling found that a generic Democratic Senate candidate would face a close race against a generic Republican candidate, with 44% for the Democrat and 42% for the Republican. It’s definitely a race to watch. Interestingly, Democrat-aligned groups reportedly spent millions of dollars meddling in the Republican primary, an old dirty trick they perfected during the 2012 cycle when they were successful in saving vulnerable Democrat incumbents like Claire McCaskill.
Pro-life Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is retiring. The leading Republican candidates are pro-life, while the leading Democrat candidates are pro-abortion. Their primary will be held on August 2nd.
Nevada is a top pick-up opportunity. Pro-abortion Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D) faces a challenge from former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who is endorsed by National Right to Life. Cortez Masto is an EMILY’s List candidate, with a 0% record on abortion. She supports a policy of abortion on demand for any reason and wants to use your tax dollars to pay for it.
New Hampshire Republicans have been looking forward to taking on freshman Sen. Maggie Hassan (D) – an EMILY’s List candidate – since she won with just 1,017 votes in 2016. A recent poll found that just 33 percent of voters approve of her job performance, while more than half (51 percent) disapprove. Sen. Hassan doesn’t reflect New Hampshire’s values with her support for abortion without limits. In the current political climate, Republicans have real shot at flipping the seat. The leading Republican candidates are pro-life. New Hampshire will hold its primary on September 13th.
Pro-life Senator Richard Burr (R) is retiring, and North Carolina remains one of the most highly contested and most expensive battlegrounds. We need to keep this seat in pro-life hands. NRL-endorsed Congressman Ted Budd and pro-abortion former state Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley – an EMILY’s List candidate – are vying for the open seat. A WRAL-TV poll found a dead-heat race between Budd and Beasley, with Beasley leading 44% to 40%, while a more recent Civitas poll has Budd ahead, 45% to 40%. Many North Carolinians are still undecided.
Pro-life Republican J.D. Vance and pro-abortion Democrat Congressman Tim Ryan are running to replace retiring pro-life Senator Rob Portman (R). Recent polling shows Vance with a slight edge over Ryan.
Pro-life Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz and pro-abortion Democrat Lt. Gov. John Fetterman are running for pro-life Senator Pat Toomey’s open seat in Pennsylvania. In 2020, President Biden narrowly carried the state by a margin of 1.2 percent. Pundits rank the race as a “tossup.”
Pro-life Senator Ron Johnson is the only incumbent Republican senator up for re-election in a state narrowly carried by President Biden. Sen. Johnson certainly deserves to be applauded for voting to confirm three highly qualified Supreme Court justices who are committed to upholding the Constitution as it is written! The frontrunners in the Democratic primary are Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, both pro-abortion candidates. Godlewski is an EMILY’s List candidate.
As the elections draw nearer, it is crucial that we educate our friends, families, and faith communities about the candidates’ positions. You can count on National Right to Life to give you information that you can share over the coming months.
Let’s keep the victorious spirit of the Dobbs decision going and build momentum for our pro-life candidates!