by Steven Ertelt
July 28, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading abortion advocacy group is saying that just 21 victories by pro-abortion candidates in November would put control of Congress in pro-abortion hands. Pro-life advocates agree and say that pro-life legislation and the ability to confirm judges who would uphold pro-life laws would be at jeopardy if that happens.
In a plea for money, NARAL sent a message to its members on Wednesday trying to encourage them to make donations given the closeness of their efforts to take over Congress.
Elizabeth Shipp, NARAL’s political director says a change of just six seats in the Senate and 15 in the House would shift either chamber to the pro-abortion side.
"Changing Congress to ensure our elected officials represent our pro-choice values is only a few seats away," she told NARAL supporters.
Shipp says NARAL is focused on defeating incumbent senators in close races like John Kyl in Arizona, Conrad Burns in Montana, and Mike DeWine in Ohio. The group is also helping a trio of pro-abortion candidates seeking Congressional seats in Pennsylvania, Lois Murphy (PA-06), Joe Sestak (PA-07), and Patrick Murphy (PA-08).
To gain enough seats to dominate Congress with its pro-abortion agenda, NARAL also has to re-elect embattled incumbents like Debbie Stabenow in Michigan and Maria Cantwell in Washington, both of whom face strong challengers.
Karen Cross, the political director for the National Right to Life Committee, tells LifeNews.com NARAL’s claims of being close to running Congress are true.
Should they take over either chamber of Congress after the November elections, "pro-life legislation will be blocked and pro-life judges will have little chance of being confirmed."
But Cross says NARAL forgets that pro-life advocates typically work feverishly to educate friends and family and turn out voters on election day.
"NARAL underestimates the passion with which pro-lifers dedicate themselves to the unborn. Pro-life voters are dedicated people whose purpose is to end the tragedy of abortion," Cross told LifeNews.com.
Cross urges pro-life advocates to do everything they can to help pro-life candidates this November, saying "we must make sure that pro-abortion candidates like those endorsed by NARAL do not prevail."
"This fall, we will determine whether President Bush will continue to be able to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court and sign pro-life legislation into law," Cross said.
"We must continue to work tirelessly to expose the true positions of candidates on life. We must make sure our pro-life friends and family are registered to vote," Cross told LifeNews.com.
"And, on Election Day, we must be sure they vote, because, without all of our votes, NARAL wins and the babies lose," Cross concluded.