Elections– Consider the Alternatives

By Carol Tobias, President

Editor’s note. This President’s column appears on page three of the September issue of National Right to Life News. Please share this valuable resource with your pro-life family and friends.

In less than two months, Americans will go the polls and make a decision that will determine the future for millions of preborn children.  Voters will cast their ballot for candidates who want to protect these children or candidates who have no desire, no interest, in even trying to recognize the humanity of these little ones.

The country is deeply divided on whether unborn children should be protected as the unique human beings they are or whether they are to be treated with no more respect than a ruptured appendix or broken tooth.

Let me lay out two scenarios, depending on the outcome of the election.

DEMOCRATS WIN

If you read this column regularly, you know I’ve been concerned for a long time about this outcome.  

If Democrats maintain control of the U.S. House and pick up additional seats in the Senate, what does the future of America look like?  Death for millions of our littlest brothers and sisters as Democrats pass measures that have little public support but which satisfy their pro-abortion allies.

The party of abortion will have the votes to eliminate the filibuster.  It will then pass the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” and establish abortion on demand, with no limits throughout pregnancy, as federal law.

Proponents of the bill claim this bill would codify Roe v Wade.  Don’t be fooled– it goes much, much further.  Reasonable limits, such as parental consent and women’s right to know laws–which were possible under Roe v. Wade–would no longer be allowed.  In addition, tax dollars would flow to pay for abortion.  

It wouldn’t matter what your state wanted. If you have laws to protect unborn children, federal law would likely prevail.

In addition, the District of Columbia, and possibly Puerto Rico, would be elevated to statehood, providing four more Democrat senators to ensure a continuing Democrat majority for many years.  In addition, as many as four more justices would be added to the Supreme Court, guaranteeing laws to protect unborn children would never again be upheld.

Does that sound like scare-mongering? A bill has already been introduced in Congress to add justices to the Supreme Court and President Biden formed a commission to study the possibility of doing so.  

The commission did not recommend the additional justices but that hasn’t settled the matter.  Lawrence Tribe, noted Harvard law professor and rabid abortion advocate, along with Nancy Gertner, a retired U.S. District Court judge, wrote this in a Washington Post op-ed: “We now believe that Congress must expand the size of the Supreme Court and do so as soon as possible. We did not come to this conclusion lightly…. We started out leaning toward term limits for Supreme Court justices but against court expansion and ended up doubtful about term limits but in favor of expanding the size of the court.”

These statements about what the Democrats will do if they maintain and grow power in Congress are not simple speculations.  Are they preposterous? Yes. Far-fetched?  Yes.  Likely?  Also, yes.

REPUBLICANS WIN

If Republicans are able to win enough U.S. House and Senate seats, they will ensure that abortion-without-limit does not become federal law. This would be a tremendous victory. We would also continue to work at the state and federal levels to establish legal protection for unborn children and to help mothers who need support during what may be a challenging time.  

We already know the battle to protect the little ones will not be easy or be accomplished quickly, but carrying the day this November means we will have the opportunity to continue our steady progress.

For example, we’ve seen states move to protect unborn children and advance programs to help their mothers.  We’ve also seen states move in the opposite direction, removing any protections that were in effect. Illinois repealed its parental notification law and California passed a bill to allow nurse practitioners and midwives to perform abortions.

Unfortunately, abortion will be available in many parts of the US for many years to come, but the debate over abortion would continue, giving us the opportunity to persuade a growing number of people about the humanity of the unborn child and why they deserve to be protected.

It also gives people on the fence time to realize that the threats and scare-mongering of our opponents wildly distort what the pro-life movement is all about. 

They’ve been reading and hearing absurd claims that women who experience ectopic pregnancies or miscarriages will die because no doctor will be willing to treat her, afraid of being prosecuted as if performing an abortion.

As the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) has stated, “There are no laws in any state in the United States which criminalize treatment of any of these conditions.”

I never thought I’d find myself agreeing with, or liking, something President Biden says but here it is: “Every election’s a choice.  My dad used to say, ‘Don’t compare me to the Almighty, Joey. Compare me to the alternative.’”

We know no candidate is perfect. There will be something about the candidate we don’t like or something with which we disagree. But when it comes to elections, we have to consider the alternative.

The abortion industry and its allies in the Democrat party want abortion for any reason, with no limits whatsoever, for all nine months of pregnancy.  That is not the position of the American public.  

Don’t give them the opportunity to make it happen.