Election Preview: Pro-Life Women Win, Dems Lose Over ObamaCare

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 2, 2010   |   10:49AM   |   Washington, DC

With a pro-life landslide expected tonight as votes from across the nation are counted, pro-life advocates are eagerly awaiting the results in races for the House and Senate, governor, and other contests.

Three expected election night themes are emerging as the final polls paint a picture of what may take place.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the Susan B. Anthony List, says there is the “potential for a great pro-life shift, a chance to save lives, in the coming Congress” because hers and other pro-life groups did so much “to lay the groundwork for today’s election.”
She said the “fidelity and sacrifices” of pro-life advocates “have been indispensable to creating the opportunity today’s election offers.”
Dannenfelser says she expects two themes to emerge from the results — the first is that a new cadre of pro-life women have been elected to Congress and statewide offices.
“Together, we’ve endorsed a record number of strong, pro-life women for office at the top levels of government including the U.S. Senate and Governorships, and many U.S. House candidates,” she said. “These women are strong.   They are all possible winners tonight, and if so, will finally send the Senate a pro-life woman.”
“With our help and firepower, they are replacing the out-dated, time tested and failed, abortion-centered model of women’s leadership,” she said.
The second theme will likely be that the so-called “pro-life Democrats” who ran as candidates strongly opposed to abortion but voted for the pro-abortion ObamaCare bill will have been defeated.
“Together, we have built and flexed the muscle of the pro-life movement, working to defeat a group of self-described ‘pro-life’ Democrats who betrayed the unborn by voting for abortion funding in healthcare,” she added. “These losses will be remembered well by any Congressman who might waver for a moment over the “yay” and “nay” on a pro-life bill comes to the Floor of Congress.”
On the other side, abortion advocates are fearful and worry the American people will have put a huge dent in their plans to promote more abortions at taxpayer expense.
Dave Andrusko of the National Right to Life Committee says a third theme will be the focus on President Barack Obama and his extensive pro-abortion record.
“On the ballot or not, Obama and his record are having a huge influence,” he said.
He noted a Gallup report confirming, “Many are casting protest votes. Thirty-eight percent say they are casting their vote to send a message that they oppose Obama; 24% that they support him.”
Andrusko continues:  “Some of you undoubtedly have heard there will be a kind of meeting of the minds after tomorrow, regardless of whether the GOP takes control of the House and the Senate. Pro-abortion President Barack Obama will read the tea-leaves and ‘pivot to the middle.'”
“Nothing, but nothing, could be further from the truth, especially on issues that matter to us, most particularly ObamaCare. Along with Senate Majority Reid and House Speaker Pelosi, Obama cut every corner imaginable, rattled off fib after fib, and, in the process, told us everything we need to know about his attitude and his arrogance,” he said.
Andrusko hearkened back to the comment Obama made during a pro-forma meeting with Republicans just before ObamaCare was enacted.
“Let me just make this point, John, because we’re not campaigning any more, the election’s over,” he said.
“Well, that election is over–the one in which President Obama prevailed. Please note that he did so, in large measure, because the American public had talked itself into believing that Obama was a transformative, post-everything sort of guy who would work with all sides,” Andrusko concluded. “Well, now we have another election–two years later–the one in which the public says, ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.'”