Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.
Sure dozens of pro-choicers got booted from Congress but rest assured it had nothing to do with abortion. Did you hear me? It had NOTHING to do with abortion.
At least that’s what Eleanor Smeal, the former President of NOW and the current President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, is saying. In a statement published in Ms. Magazine, Smeal acknowledged that while pro-choice candidates got beat badly she wants everyone to know that it had nothing to do with abortion.
Smeal channeled her inner Kevin Bacon by telling her pro-abort compatriots that all is well and that they should all remain calm.
With the 60 plus vote Republican win in the House (four seats are still undecided), the pro-reproductive rights forces suffered big losses…43 votes in the House and 7 in the Senate. Worse yet, some extreme right-wing candidates on women’s issues have won, including Tea Party endorsed Rand Paul (R-KY), who opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest; Pat Toomey (R-PA), who was the head of Newt Gingrich’s Club for Growth and is virulently opposed to abortion; and Tea Party endorsed Ron Johnson (R-WI), who defeated pro-choice Russ Feingold (D-WI).
In the House, 7 new anti-abortion rights Republican women were elected and 8 pro-choice Democratic women were defeated. All of the Democrats but one were defeated by anti-reproductive rights Republicans. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA), who is anti-choice and was a co-sponsor of the Stupak/Pitts Amendment, was also defeated by an anti-choice Republican.
But when you analyze the 43 losses in the House, abortion was not the deciding factor. Thirteen of those losses were anti-choice Democrats defeated by anti-choice Republicans. Perhaps more telling, 24 House Democrats who lost had voted yes on the Stupak/ Pitts Amendment.
While the opinion of pro-aborts such as Mz. Smeal matters, doesn’t it also matter which candidates pro-lifers considered pro-life? Because I can tell you that pro-lifers considered anyone who voted for Obamacare as not pro-life.
Is Mz. Smeal saying that many liberals refused to vote for Democrat politicians who had voted for Obamacare for not being liberal enough? Because I haven’t read much of that to be honest.
The anomaly or the unique thing in this election was that pro-lifers saw through the pro-life claims of many Democrat politicians due to their vote for Obamacare and were active like never before.
So while polls in this country generally show that the country is tilting pro-life and younger generations are increasingly questioning of abortion and pro-life Republicans have just been ushered into Congress in record numbers, please remember that pro-aborts have nothing to worry about. You keep telling yourself that Mz. Smeal. Repeat after me - pro-lifers aren’t making inroads, pro-lifers aren’t making inroads, pro-lifers aren’t making inroads….