Pro-Life Group: 2010 Elections the Remedy for Abortion, Health Care Battles

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 26, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Group: 2010 Elections the Remedy for Abortion, Health Care Battles

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 26
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — A pro-life priest who heads a respected Catholic group says the 2010 elections are the cure for what ails the pro-life community when it comes to abortion and the health care battles. Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life is urging pro-life people to focus on the 2010 election battles now.

Millions of pro-life Americans are working overtime to try to stop the government-run health care plan that includes abortion funding and rationing.

Though he is not asking them to quit that battle, Pavone wants them to combine those efforts with a focus on supporting pro-life candidates in the 2010 elections.

There is a good reason to do that. In both the House and Senate, the pro-life movement has lost votes on every single amendment to the health care bills to reduce abortion and rationing because of the addition of more abortion advocates in Congress last year when Barack Obama won the presidential election.

“The reason for the mess we are in with the health care reform debate is the elections of 2008, and the way out of the mess will be the elections of 2010 and 2012," Pavone told today.

Priests for Life has announced the formation of “Political Responsibility Teams” in communities across America.

The purpose of the teams is to educate and activate citizens to exercise their responsibility to participate in the electoral process in a way that is informed rather than impulsive, and based on principle rather than mere personal advantage.

“Churches provide our greatest opportunity to mobilize and educate voters,” Fr. Pavone explained.

"Activating churches for the pro-life cause is the primary mission of Priests for Life. But churches can also become the biggest obstacle if they choose the path of fear and hide behind paranoid interpretations of the Internal Revenue Code as an excuse for not talking about politics," Pavone explained.

"We have a lot more to fear from our silence than we do from speaking out," he said.

One expert says 2010 presents a host of opportunities for pro-life advocates to pick up more seats in Congress to help thwart the pro-abortion agenda of Obama and his congressional allies.

Charlie Cook, the editor of the Cook Political Report, says recent polling data and the 2010 political landscape make it so pro-abortion Democrats lost as many as 20 seats in the House.

"These data confirm anecdotal evidence, and our own view, that the situation this summer has slipped completely out of control for President Obama and Congressional Democrats," he said.

Cook says his election model, "based on individual races, is pointing toward a net Democratic loss of between six and 12 seats. But our sense, factoring in macro-political dynamics is that this is far too low."

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