Senate Elections Provide Big Gains for Pro-Life Movement on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 2, 2010   |   10:44PM   |   Washington, DC

Americans clearly preferred pro-life candidates on Tuesday when it came to the most hotly contested races for the Senate in the 2010 elections.

The results make it so pro-life advocates will have an easier time stopping the advance of President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion agenda in terms of abortion funding and pro-abortion judicial nominees for the Supreme Court and other federal court appointments.

Wisconsin provided the pro-life movement with one of the biggest upsets of the evening as pro-life Ron Johnson defeated longtime pro-abortion Sen. Russ Feingold, who has promoted abortion for decades.

In the same way, pro-life Pennsylvania Senate candidate Pat Toomey defeated pro-abortion opponent Joe Sestak in one of the most challenging campaigns of the election cycle.

In Arkansas, pro-life candidate John Boozman picked up a seat for the pro-life movement in defeating pro-abortion incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln. With 27 percent of the vote counted, Boozman won 57-38 percent in a race that was never close despite Lincoln attacking Boozman and claiming he supported raping women.

Indiana also saw a pro-life candidate replace an outgoing abortion supporter as pro-life former Sen. Dan Coats defeated Brad Ellsworth, a Democrat who claimed to be pro-life but supported the abortion-funding ObamaCare bill. Coats will replace pro-abortion Sen. Evan Bayh, who claimed a more moderate position but repeatedly voted for abortion and abortion funding, after topping Ellsworth on a lopsided 55-40 percentage point margin.

In North Dakota, pro-life John Hoeven won is race to replace retiring pro-abortion Sen. Byron Dorgan, who defied the relatively conservative views of state voters by consistently supporting abortion and abortion funding during his career.

The Senate election also saw pro-life candidates hold seats that were in jeopardy of switching to pro-abortion lawmakers.

Marco Rubio will become one of the top pro-life Hispanic elected officials in the nation now that he is the Senator-elect in Florida, having defeated pro-abortion incumbent Gov. Charlie Crist, who ran as an independent.

Despite the presence of both Crist and pro-abortion Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek, Rubio cruised to an easy election victory capturing a majority of the vote and positioning himself as a major national figure.

Missouri voters easily rewarded pro-life Rep. Roy Blunt with a Senate seat belonging previously to pro-life Sen. Kit Bond. Blunt defeated pro-abortion stalwart Robin Carnahan, who was a darling favorite of the Emily’s List pro-abortion group and received considerable funding and support from it.

Voters in New Hampshire added a pro-life woman to the Senate with the election of Kelly Ayotte to replace pro-life Sen. Judd Gregg.

Kentucky voters also rewarded pro-life candidate Rand Paul with the opportunity to join his father in Congress and replace retiring pro-life Sen. Jim Bunning. Paul defeated pro-abortion candidate Jack Conway in what turned out to be an easier election victory than some people may have expected.

Ohio voters decided to send pro-life Rep. Rob Portman to the Senate to keep that seat which had been in pro-life hands.

In Louisiana, pro-life Sen. David Vitter kept his seat in the Senate as did pro-life Sen. Richard Burr in North Carolina.

At this time, races in key states, including Alaska, California, and Colorado have yet to be called.

The evening was not without disappointments as pro-life Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell did not win her race in Delaware and Joe Manchin, who is pro-life but would have voted for pro-abortion ObamaCare and will caucus with the Democrats, defeated pro-life candidate John Raese.

In Nevada, pro-life candidate Sharron Angle came up short in her attemp tto defeat pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader Harri Reid.