It was a good night for Christians. In two of the three states that had ballot initiatives protecting the rights of the unborn, they won: Alabama and West Virginia affirmed the right to life of children in the womb, and they also banned public funding of abortion; Oregon made it easier for a woman to abort her child.
Alabama voters affirmed religious liberty by ensuring that a person's religious beliefs will have no effect on his civil or political rights; they also voted to allow a display of the Ten Commandments on public property.
Pro-life candidates squared off against abortion-rights candidates in the 36 states that had gubernatorial races. In September, National Right to Life listed 26 of the races as the ones to watch. Our own tally today found that the pro-life candidate won 17 of those races; 9 were won by the abortion-rights candidate.
This takes on more significance when we consider that Planned Parenthood launched its largest voter contact campaign for midterm elections in history.
NARAL told voters that abortion is a children's rights issue: “The research is clear. Restricting abortion access doesn't just harm women. It harms their children as well.” The article in the tweet also says, “When women are denied abortions, it affects the lives of the kids they already have.”
“The research here is clear. Restricting abortion access doesn’t just harm women. It harms their children as well.” https://t.co/X6xPBCCMZ8— NARAL (@NARAL) October 30, 2018
NARAL is right about that, but for the wrong reason: it traumatizes children to learn that their mother aborted their prospective brother or sister—they realize that it could have been them!
Perhaps the best election news is the uptick in pro-life senators. President Trump will now have an easier time getting judges appointed who are not given to discovering rights that are nowhere mentioned in the Constitution.
Bill Donohue is President and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. He was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University and is the author of seven books and many articles.