The Battle for Life Turns to The States

Steven Mosher
written by Chris Manion
November 14, 2022
Reproduced with Permission
Population Research Institute

The election is over and the battle for life now continues with renewed vigor. In fifty states, Governors, Legislatures, and Courts will now be the focus, as the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization takes effect.

Unfortunately, the end of Roe v. Wade doesn't mean the end of abortion. Of course, in some states with preexisting or trigger laws, it did. But in other states it has had the unhappy consequence of actually expanding abortions.

California, for example, now offers to pay mothers from other states to visit a California abortuary to end their baby's life. Pro-abortion governors in other Democrat states, like Illinois and Maryland, are also promoting their abortion businesses, advertising their "services" to women in neighboring states that have stronger pro-life laws.

Their message? "Come visit us to abort your baby,"

The elections have now made clear that the Democrats are the Party of Abortion and Death in America. Any Democrat running on that ticket for national office has to take the "Death Pledge" to survive.

The lone exceptions? In the House, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) defeated Republican Cassy Garcia last Tuesday to become the only remaining pro-life Democrat U.S. Representative. In the Senate, Joe Manchin (D-WV) is the sole Democrat daring to support keeping the Helms Amendment in force to prevent Federal taxpayer funding of abortion.

Democrats spent some $320 million dollars on abortion campaign ads this year - ten times what they spent on crime and the economy. Where did all those millions come from? Well, abortion is a Big Business, and its coffers are constantly resupplied by woke billionaires, Hollywood celebs, and taxpayer dollars going to Planned Parenthood and its "nonprofit" allies.

While the battles rage in the States, there will be plenty of action on the Federal level as well. PRI President Steven Mosher, who has spent decades in the trenches, tells pro-lifers that "while some may be disappointed in the outcome of certain races, we should all focus on the big picture."

"The Biden Administration is using every lever possible to make the Federal Government America's counterpart to Communist China in Biden's obsession for abortion through birth. We're close to taking control of the House - and with it, we can block Biden's most radical efforts to promote, perform, and lobby for the legalization of abortion at the state level and overseas," Mosher adds.

On The Ground in The States

The elections laid the groundwork for battles in states throughout the country. In Governors' races, Democrats defeated challengers in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Maryland. However, John Gizzi reports that "No fewer than 12 strongly pro-life Republican governors were elected and not a single one was unseated... (the winners include) Kay Ivey of Alabama, Ron DeSantis of Florida, Brian Kemp of Georgia, Brad Little of Idaho, Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Mike DeWine of Ohio, Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, Henry McMaster of South Carolina, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Bill Lee of Tennessee, Greg Abbott of Texas and Mark Gordon of Wyoming"

While there were many victories, there were some disappointing setbacks as well.

Michigan's Proposition 3 , which allows abortion up to birth, passed by a margin of 55.8% to 44.2%, thanks to an estimated $60 million that the pro-abortion movement spent on this initiative alone.

Proposition 3 reads: "Every individual has a fundamental right to reproductive freedom, which entails the right to make and effectuate decisions about all matters relating to pregnancy, including but not limited to prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion care, miscarriage management, and infertility care."

In Vermont, Proposal 5 , a pro-abortion amendment to the State Constitution passed by a margin of 77.4% to 22.6%. It reads:

"That an individual's right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one's own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means."

In California, voters approved " Proposition 1 " by a margin of almost two to one. It amends the State Constitution to read, "The state shall not deny or interfere with an individual in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives."

In Montana, Legislative Referendum 131 , a measure to protect newborns surviving abortion and guaranteeing that they would receive proper medical care, failed by 52%-48%.

The measure's text reads as follows:

"An act adopting the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act; providing that infants born alive, including infants born alive after an abortion, are legal persons; requiring health care providers to take necessary actions to preserve the life of a born-alive infant; providing a penalty; providing that the proposed act be submitted to the qualified electors of Montana; and providing an effective date."

In Kentucky, Constitutional Amendment 2 , the "No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment," failed 52.4% to 47.6% to add the following language to the State's Bill of Rights:

"To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion."

Let's Close the Gap and Win For Life

Especially worthy of note is the close margin in three of the above five pro-life losses.

Consider: for the past fifty years, Americans have been subjected to the constant drumbeat of "a woman's right to choose" from the Culture of Death and the myriad of channels it controls. Their propaganda has dominated the public conversation, while the facts of life have been spitefully derided by the national media, if not ignored altogether.

Now the battle for life returns to the state level. There, our efforts will have a more effective impact. As Americans hear the unfiltered truths about life in the womb from their neighbors and friends back home, those voting margins can be turned around and strengthened in one state after another.

Yes, pro-abortion forces will rage, but we now have the truth and the Constitution on our side. This is a battle we can win. It's time to hit the trenches.