by Steven Ertelt
November 5, 2007
Pittsburgh, PA (LifeNews.com) — One of the leading observers of the political world for the pro-life movement says it must be ready for the upcoming election challenges it will face in 2008. Karen Cross, political director for National Right to Life, shared those future challenges with an audience at the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation’s annual convention.
“Without a pro-life president in the White House after the 2008 elections, Roe v. Wade could be in place a very long time,” Cross warned the audience.
Cross added that, “Elections have consequences,” referring to former President Bill Clinton.
She told the audience how eight years of his presidency gave the United States the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug and funding of overseas groups that promote or perform abortions.
However, under the Bush administration, the first pro-life bills passed in Congress became law and funding for international abortions was halted, Cross said.
She also said a pro-life president is necessary because the next president could overturn President Bush’s policy protecting taxpayers from funding embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life.
Cross said that some pro-life people are looking at the current crop of presidential candidates based on who might have the best chance of winning next November. Yet, pro-life presidential candidates have enjoyed considerable success in the last few decades at the federal level.
“Since 1980, every pro-life presidential candidate has shown a significant gain among voters who place a primary emphasis on abortion when they vote,” Cross explained.
Cross also explained that the pro-life message is a winning message for candidates and talked about how the National Right to Life PAC won 14 of the last 18 major elections in which it was heavily invested that pitted clearly pro-life candidates against obviously pro-abortion candidates.
Cross told the audience that the pro-life movement must do more to get people to register to vote and said it could make a difference not only in elections but whether or not unborn children live or die.
“Abortion has damaged so many lives but we can change our culture by using our right to vote,” Cross said.
“We have to be reminders of the silent holocaust that’s going on in our country. We have to move from being pro-life to taking positive action,” Cross concluded.