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130 days until November elections: Make sure every day counts

by | Jun 30, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Last night it was House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). Today the audience at the second general session—“2010 was just the start…in 2012 we take America back!”—was privileged to hear from Rep. Trent Franks (R-Az.), Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and listen to a powerful video from pro-life GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Ar elected officials lavishly praised National Right to Life, particularly its presence on the Hill. In addition, last night Majority Leader Cantor began by referring to NRLC’s statement on ObamaCare as the model for understanding what needs to be done. To quote NRLC Executive Director Dr. David N. O’Steen, “Defeat Obama, Elect Romney, Repeal ObamaCare.”

Rep. Franks is the chief sponsor of both the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, a bill to prohibit sex-selection abortion, and the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill to protect pain-capable unborn children. Franks said of the former that it has the capability of blowing “a hole in Roe v. Wade.”

He told of a conversation with a reporter, who told him upfront, she was “pro-choice.” As he walked her through the blatant discrimination that is at the heart of sex-selection abortion, the reporter eventually concluded, “I don’t think I’m pro-choice anymore.”

He characterized 2012 as a “destiny year,” telling the large and enthusiastic audience that “We must defeat the abortion president, Barack Obama.” Franks ended his remarks by imploring the audience “to help National Right to Life in any way you can.”

Senator Ayotte, a freshman, expressed her gratitude to National Right to Life for helping her get elected in New Hampshire. As the only pro-life female senator, she jokingly said in all seriousness, “I hope you will send me reinforcements” this fall.

Ayotte spend much of her time emphasizing that “Life is on the Line” in this election and reassuring her audience that pro-life Mitt Romney is the man who can defeat pro-abortion President Barack Obama. Ayotte also reminded her listeners of the Obama abortion legacy, a lengthy litany of items that almost all speakers spelled out, and her confidence that Gov. Romney can prevail, with our help.

The audience heard a video from Gov. Romney. The text of the video is included in Part Five. Referring to his own pro-life conversion story, Romney said, “If you ever question whether your advocacy changes hearts and minds, let me assure you that it does.” Take a moment to read what he has to say and share it with pro-life friends.

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias, NRLC Executive Director David N. O’Steen, and NRL Political Director Karen Cross reinforced and reemphasized many of the exhortations made during the morning session. But Mrs. Tobias turned the ‘war on women’ nonsense back on its pro-abortion originators.

“If you have any concern for the unborn child, if you show any interest in limiting abortion in any way you are waging a ‘war on women,'” she said. “I’m a farm girl. There are probably a few colorful words I could use, but I’ll just say—hogwash!”

Karen Cross said she had a “short” to-do list, but it was one “none of us can ignore.” It is to Hold the House; Secure the Senate; and Win the White House.

She persuasively made the case, as did Dr. O’Steen, that NRL PAC is THE pro-life political action committee, the one that has been active since 1980 and which will use its resources in the most strategically effective way possible.

Perhaps the most illuminating statistic came from a post-2010 election poll. A remarkable 30% of voters said abortion affected their vote. Of that 30%, 22% voted for pro-life candidates, while only 8% voted for pro-abortion candidates. That’s a net advantage of 14 points!

Karen ended her remarks with this imperative:

“We did very well in 2010, but it was just the beginning. There are 130 days until the November 6 general election. Make sure every one of those days counts.

“Millions of unborn babies are counting on you.”

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