The National Abortion Rights Action League may brag that it helped to elect 18 new pro-abortion congressmen and a couple of new pro-abortion senators, but the shift in Congress is not as lopsided as it wants to pretend. A number of new pro-life congressmen—some of them Democrats—have been elected as well, so we will be reaching out to them.
One key issue for us is the confirmation of pro-life Supreme Court justices. There is little doubt that Democratic control of the Senate makes for tough sledding for President Bush’s judicial picks. But all is not gloom and doom. If another vacancy occurs on the Supreme Court during Bush’s last two years in office, the odds are good that another Roberts or Alito can be confirmed. The addition of another pro-life vote on the nation’s highest court may seal the fate of Roe v. Wade.
Why do I think so? Think back to the bitter confirmation battle over Clarence Thomas’ nomination in 1991. At the time, the Senate had 57 Democrats and only 43 Republicans. The “high-tech lynching” that greeted Thomas did not prevent 11 Democrats from voting for his confirmation. The final vote was 52-48.
The four Democrat senators who voted for Sam Alito last year—Robert Byrd (W.Va.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Tim Johnson (S.D.), and Ben Nelson (Neb.)—could easily vote for a strong pro-life nominee. Then there are the red state Democrats running for re-election in 2008. It seems to me that Montana’s Baucus, Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, and Arkansas’ Mark Pryor may hesitate to attack a strong, pro-life candidate. Then there’s Sen.-elect Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania who, unless he completely betrays his father’s pro-life legacy, should vote for confirmation.
Where the election does make a difference is in our battle to get the population controllers and pro-abortion advocates defunded. Now it looks like we’ll be mostly playing defense, hoping to cut off a Planned Parenthood affiliate here or a questionable program there.
There are still pro-life victories to be won. As we give thanks to God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon this land, we will be asking for guidance as to how to win them.