by Steven Ertelt
November 3, 2004
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Spending millions of dollars attacking President Bush’s pro-life record and seeking to convince Americans to cast their presidential vote for John Kerry, leading abortion advocacy groups were disgruntled on Wednesday as Kerry conceded the race.
"We are deeply disappointed by these election results," Elizabeth Cavendish, interim president of NARAL said in reaction.
Despite the strong vote the president received — with a clear 286 to 252 electoral vote advantage and a popular vote margin of more than 3.5 million votes — pro-abortion groups adamantly insisted the outcome was no mandate to stop abortion.
"Not even George Bush could keep a straight face claiming that this election gives him a mandate to roll back women’s rights," Elizabeth Cavendish, interim president of NARAL, quipped.
Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt echoed Cavendish’s refusal to acknowledge Bush’s clear victory claiming, "These election results are not a mandate to move the country yet further to the right on women’s rights."
Pro-abortion groups were criticized for scaring voters during the election by wrongly telling supporters that legal abortion hangs by a one-vote margin on the Supreme Court. The current court backs the Roe decision 6-3, with only the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure one vote away from being banned
Abortion advocates are keeping their focus squarely on the nation’s top court and promising to do everything necessary to prevent the president from appointing pro-life judges to its ranks.
"President Bush had to pull out all the stops to beat back the mobilized opposition he faced in this campaign," Cavendish said. "He will face an even bigger mobilization if he now tries to pack the Supreme Court with new anti-choice zealots."
"We will fight these and many other battles," Feldt, the head of the largest abortion business, added. "We will think and act with unity of purpose and fierceness of heart to protect our human rights. No matter what."
Though NARAL says it contacted 12 million voters, and aired advertisements in five key states, exit polls confirmed that more pro-abortion voters supported the president than pro-life voters chose to back Kerry.
In addition, exit polls also found President Bush winning the vote of those who made their decision based on moral issues like abortion by a wide 4-1 margin.