by Steven Ertelt
November 1, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life leader James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, warns of the fallout that would occur if pro-life voters stay home on election day. He urged pro-life voters to go to the polls because key issues like abortion and embryonic stem cell research funding are at stake.
On his radio broadcast that reaches more than 1.5 million people on hundreds of radio stations, Dobson warned of what would happen if abortion advocates take over control of Congress and key committees.
Pro-life advocates are concerned that the election will result in enough votes to overturn President Bush’s veto of a bill to force taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research.
The elections could result not only in the prevention of pro-life legislation but could have pro-abortion lawmakers leading one-sided hearings into crisis pregnancy centers, abstinence education programs, and the effects of the dangerous abortion drug RU 486.
"To all of those values voters out there, don’t you dare sit this one out," Dobson said, according to a Denver Post. "You have an obligation to come and participate in this great representative form of government. … If we do, I think the results will take care of themselves."
With polls show abortion advocates leading in numerous contests, turning out pro-life voters is a key to minimizing the damage.
Gary Bauer, a former Republican presidential candidate and Focus on the Family vice president Tom Minnery joined Dobson on his program.
They also pointed to problems for pro-life judicial picks should Democrats run the Senate, which could complicate efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade.
"If values voters in those states decide to sit this one out, we could very easily lose it," Dobson said, referring to states with key Senate battles.
Earlier this month, one of the nation’s top abortion advocacy groups released a wish list of legislative and policy results it hopes to achieve if abortion advocates wind up with control of Congress following the November elections.
While pro-life candidates are running for Congress in both political parties, NARAL is hoping Democrats gain control of both the House and Senate, because the current members of Democratic leadership back legalized abortion.
Should that happen, the group says it will have a field day promoting abortion.
"With a House or Senate under pro-choice leadership, we will turn pro-choice values into pro-choice policies," the group warned.
With abortion advocates running the show, NARAL says it would "control the powerful Judiciary committee and stop George Bush from placing new anti-choice judges on the Supreme Court and other federal courts."
Moreover, NARAL celebrates that pro-abortion lawmakers "would control key committees" and "instantly become a majority on every panel."
"Rather than sitting through anti-choice hearing after hearing, called by anti-choice committee chairs, new committee chairs could spend their time promoting" abortion, NARAL wrote.