Glenn Youngkin’s Pro-Life Stance Gave Him a 12% Advantage Over Pro-Abortion Terry McAuliffe

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 3, 2021   |   11:28AM   |   Richmond, Virginia

The pro-life advantage has been around for decades and it showed up again on Tuesday night in Virginia.

When it comes to the issue of abortion, pro-life candidates always have the advantage over pro-abortion candidates. And that was the case against last night in Virginia, where pro-life Glenn Youngkin defeated pro-abortion Terry McAuliffe.

Youngkin ultimately won the race by 2.1%, with a 50.7-48.6 percentage point victory over McAuliffe. But that victory is thanks in part to abortion.

According to Fox News exit polling data, 5% of Virginia voters made their decision primarily based on abortion, and that provided a 12% advantage to Youngkin as 56% of Virginia residents voting on abortion voted for him while just 44% supported McAuliffe.

And that is impressive given the fact that McAuliffe campaigned heavily on trashing Youngkin’s pro-life stance, especially after Texas made headlines banning abortions.

“Youngkin won these voters by 12%. Incredible given the millions McAuliffe spent trying to pound Youngkin on abortion. Quite clearly didn’t work,” said Billy Valentine of the Susan B. Anthony List.

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Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life told she agreed.

“Abortion is an issue that motivates voters, and in this race, Glenn Youngkin benefited from the passionate support for life in SFLAction’s home state. As this campaign unfolded, it became clear that the only time Terry McAuliffe really supported parents was when they were aborting their children,” said Hawkins. “This win adds to the momentum we need as we work for a Pro-Life Victory in 2022 at the national level. We are gearing up for a massive mobilization as look to the U.S. House and Senate in the election to come.”

And Carol Tobias of National Right to Life added: “The pro-life sweep of the top-tier races by Glenn Youngkin, Winsome Sears, and Jason Miyares should be a warning sign for pro-abortion candidates and lawmakers across the country. Embracing a policy of abortion on demand is not just wrong, but a losing campaign position. National Right to Life aims to build on the pro-life momentum initiated in the Virginia Governor’s race, and we look forward to working with Governor-elect Youngkin and our Virginia state affiliate, the Virginia Society for Human Life, to enact policies that protect the lives of every Virginian.”

During the campaign, Glenn Youngkin noted his support for pro-life policies like the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from late abortions. He also called for safeguarding taxpayers from being forced to fund abortions.

In contrast, Terry McAuliffe embraced a policy of abortion on demand, which would allow abortions for any reason, through all nine months of pregnancy. McAuliffe also supported the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions. He also endorsed the controversial bill sponsored by Delegate Kathy Tran, which would have allowed infants who survive abortions to be denied life-saving medical treatment. McAuliffe called it “common sense.”

January 2021 Marist poll found just 15% of Americans support abortion without limits, the position held by McAuliffe. The same poll found significant opposition to taxpayer funding of abortion by a margin of 58% to 38%.