A coalition of national pro-life leaders has come together today to stress the importance of voter registration.
As a result of a recent meeting that brought approximately 60 leaders to our Priests for Life headquarters in Titusville, Florida, we are issuing a joint statement reminding people to register to vote if they haven’t already, and to check their registration even if they believe it is current.
There was a strong consensus that we should, on the same day, all send messages to our lists of supporters and we decided that, with the first primary today, in Texas, that March 1 would be a good day to do so.
Texas provides a good example of why registering to vote – and voting – are so important. The media has been making much in recent days of the fact that the one Democrat in Congress who sometimes casts pro-life votes, Henry Cuellar, could lose his seat to a pro-abortion candidate in today’s primary. If that happens, we need to fill that seat with a pro-life Republican. If every pro-lifer eligible to vote in that district is registered to vote, we might just pull that off.
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This is, in part, the message the pro-life groups are sending today:
Now that the 2022 midterm election season has begun, it’s a good idea for each of us to make sure that we are registered to vote, and that our registration is up to date. And that is simple to do.
The domain www.CheckYourVoterRegistration.com takes you to the official site of the National Association of Secretaries of State, where you can look up your state and make sure you’re ready for election day (both primaries and general).
Sometimes our status has to be updated or we may have to re-register if there’s been a change of name, address, or party, or some other circumstance, including data error, affects our current voter registration status.
If for some reason you are not registered, please be sure to do that right away. Again, there’s a simple way to start the process online: www.Vote.gov. It’s an official website of the government, and will lead you to all the info you need.
While some think of all this as primarily “political,” it is actually part of our moral duty to be good stewards of the freedoms God has given us, and to make sure that the manner in which political power is exercised, resources are distributed, and rights are protected is done in such a way that glorifies him and serves the needs of our brothers and sisters.
In short, voting is actually part of loving God and neighbor.
And it’s a big part of defending the unborn from abortion!
Among other things, the Dobbs case on abortion that the Supreme Court is about to decide will likely recognize that state and federal lawmakers can protect the unborn before viability.
So now we need to elect members of Congress and state legislators who are willing to do exactly that. The Supreme Court case will not achieve the goal on its own; we need the legislators to carry it to the finish line.
And every vote will count.
We know millions of pro-life people are not registered, or properly registered, to vote. Estimates range from 15 to 40 million people!
If there’s anyone out there who still doubts that every vote counts and that elections matter, they need just look at what happened in the U.S. Senate on Monday.
The Democrats wanted to bring to the floor for a vote the most radical abortion bill this nation has ever seen. But to do that, they needed 60 votes and thank God, they were only able to muster 46. With another dozen Democrats in the Senate, they might have been able to pull it off. What we, as pro-lifers, need to do is get another dozen people who represent us into the Senate so that meaningful protections for the unborn and their mothers have a chance of passing.
With that in mind, the pro-life leaders who are sending the voter registration message today are hopeful that other groups will decide to send out a similar message, if not today, then soon.
We must get our country back from those who have no regard for human life. The first step to doing that begins with voter registration.
Among others, some of the groups and leaders who will be sending out our joint message today include:
Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com; Jack & Sheila Harper, SaveOne; Fr. Lawrence Joseph Schroedel, Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal; Rev. Paul T. Stallsworth, Lifewatch/Taskforce of United Methodists on Abortion and Sexuality; Melissa Ohden, Abortion Survivors Network; Bradley Mattes, Life Issues Institute; AJ Hurley, Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust; Lynda Bell, Florida Right to Life; Brendan O’Connell, Life Matters; Jor-El Godsey, Heartbeat International; Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life; Deaconess Tiffany Manor, Life Ministry; Chris Slattery, Expectant Mother Care; Royce Hood, Law of Life Summit; Alveda C. King, Speak for Life; Allan Parker, Justice Foundation; Kevin McGary, Every Black Life Matters; Joe Langfeld, Human Life Alliance; Brian Gibson, Pro-Life Action Ministries; Zina Hackworth, More Rebellious Members; Thomas Glessner, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates; Dr. Michael New, Catholic University of America.
Along with sending the voter registration message to their lists, the leaders at the recent summit meeting also agreed that all the various pro-life events coming up this Spring – banquets, conventions, prayer vigils and more – provide a great opportunity to register voters. For the sake of defending the unborn by law, let’s get to work!