Pro-Life Democrats Get Five Congressional Seats Despite Pro-Abortion Obama Win
by Steven Ertelt
November 6, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-abortion Democrat Barack Obama may have captured the presidency, but the pro-life group working within the party to change its pro-abortion position has a reason to celebrate. Democrats for Life of America backed several pro-life Democrats for Congress and five won their races Tuesday night.
"The pro-life Democratic Caucus will once again increase," Kristen Day, the director of the group told LifeNews.com.
"This will be only the second time in 30 years that the number of pro-life Democrats increases instead of decreases," the said. "The first time we made gains was in 2006 due to the work of pro-life Democrats all over this country advocating on behalf of the pro-life cause."
Twenty-six pro-life incumbent members of Congress kept their seats on Tuesday night. They will be joined by five other pro-life Democrats.
Bobby Bright won the Congressional race in Alabama’s second district, Parker Griffith won in the Alabama fifth district, Steve Driehaus is the new congressman in Ohio’s first district, Kathy Dahlkemper now represents Pennsylvania’s third distract, and John Boccieri won in the 16th district of Ohio.
Some of the victories are much-needed because less-than-stellar congressmen are on their way out.
The Griffith win is good news for pro-life advocates because he replaced pro-abortion Democrat Robert Cramer and Boccieri replaces retiring mixed-record Rep. Regula.
However, the other victories came at a price — with pro-life incumbents losing seats.
Driehaus defeated pro-life champion Steve Chabot, who was the main sponsor of the partial-birth abortion ban that Congress approved and the Supreme Court upheld. He will have big shoes to fill and pro-life advocates in Cincinnati will be making sure he is as vocal of an advocate.
Dahlkemper defeated long-time pro-life rep. Phil English, who always maintained a 100 percent pro-life voting record. Bright replaces retiring pro-life Rep. Terry Everett, a Republican.
The pro-life Democrat group could find another friend in Congress depending on the results of a December Congressional runoff.
In the fourth district in Louisiana, Democrat Paul Carmouche will face off against Republican winner Dr. John Fleming and independent candidates Chester T. "Catfish" Kelley and Gerard Bowen Jr.
They are vying for the open seat vacated by retiring pro-life Rep. Jim McCrery of Shreveport.
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