Pro-Life Advocates Excited by Defeat of Abortion Backers in Virginia, New Jersey
by Steven Ertelt
November 4, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Tuesday night provided a shot in the arm for the pro-life movement following the disheartening loss last year that resulted in the election of pro-abortion President Barack Obama. With victories in New Jersey and Virginia, pro-life candidates dispatched their pro-abortion opponents.
In Virginia, pro-life former Attorney general Bob McDonnell defeated pro-abortion candidate Creigh Deeds by a landslide 59-41 percent margin.
Virginians elected by overwhelming majorities the pro-life slate consisting of McDonnell and Bill Bolling for lieutenant governor and Ken Cuccinelli for attorney general.
All three candidates were endorsed by the Virginia Society for Human Life PAC, which also saw significant pro-life gains in the membership of the House of Delegates and the reelection of many pro-life incumbents.
"Today is a great day for unborn children and their mothers, as well as the vulnerable of all ages throughout the Commonwealth," VSHL director Olivia Gans told LifeNews.com. "We look forward to working with all three of these stalwart pro-life leaders, as well as pro-life members of the State Senate and House of Delegates, to enact laws that will safeguard the right to life of unborn children."
In New Jersey, the New Jersey Right to Life and National Right to Life PACs, along with pro-life leaders like Rep. Chris Smith were behind Chris Christie as he took on pro-abortion incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine.
Marie Tasy, the head of New Jersey Right to Life, told LifeNews.com she is excited by the election of what is the state’s first pro-life governor since Roe v. Wade.
"Thanks to everyone who voted for Chris Christie and did their part to make this historic victory happen," she said.
Although the victories are good news for pro-life advocates in the two states, national pro-life leaders say they show how Americans, nationally, are rebelling against the pro-abortion Obama presidency.
Officials with the American Life League noted that the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood abortion business was the "kiss of death" for Deeds, Corzine and Dede Scozzafava, the failed pro-abortion Republican congressional candidate in New York.
"What do Dede Scozzafava, Creigh Deeds and Gov. Jon Corzine have in common? All were endorsed by abortion mammoth Planned Parenthood. All three candidates were virulent supporters of abortion," the pro-life group noted.
"The humiliating loss by Scozzafava was a particularly hard blow for Planned Parenthood as she was clearly the ‘poster child’ of the Planned Parenthood political candidates," the group noted. "The long-time PP supporter, board member, and Sanger Award winner had such a poor showing she was forced to resign from the campaign the week before the election."
Although pro-life advocates were not able to get a win for Doug Hoffman in New York, he lost in part because of early votes for Scozzafava before she pulled out of the race, pro-life Catholic writer Deal Hudson says the results are good news.
"The story of Doug Hoffman is not about his loss to the Democratic nominee but the ousting of the uber-liberal Scozzafava a few days before the election. Hoffman would have won if Scozzafava had not spitefully endorsed Owens," he writes.
"It’s important, as well, that the GOP notes the kind of candidates who won in NJ and VA – pro-life, pro-family, and aligned with religious conservative groups, both Catholic and Evangelical," he added.
Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life noted how the election results relied on a stronger turnout of pro-life advocates.
Elections are ultimately about turnout, and many of the results of yesterday’s elections show that when there is an intensely motivated base, change can occur," he told LifeNews.com. "That will be our theme as we initiate our political responsibility teams across the country to prepare for the elections of 2010 and to bring about an increase of motivated voters who will advance the culture of life in the voting booth."
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the pro-life women’s group Susan B. Anthony List, also weighed in on the victories.
Elections are one of our most tangible indicators of public mood," she told LifeNews.com. "Tuesdays elections in Virginia, New Jersey, New York and Maine all carry significant national implications for the conservative movement."
"Much can be gleaned from Tuesdays results that will determine the political environment for the 2010 midterm elections, as well as prospects for the success or failure of policies proposed by the President and Congressional Democrats," she added.
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