Voters in last month’s elections stood up to be counted in a series of races whose outcomes stunned the political establishment and surprised pollsters. The one signal that seemed to emerge was strong dissatisfaction with the political status quo. Yet, in the face of November’s electoral turmoil, prolife forces claimed a common theme of “solid gains” in races across the country.

“Once again, election results prove that prolife can be a winning issue for prolife candidates, that flip-floppers and wafflers lose, and that Americans reject the extremism of abortion on demand throughout all nine months,” said Wanda Franz, president of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).

The NRLC claimed that abortion was a deciding factor in Mississippi, where prolife Republican Kirk Fordice upset the incumbent governor, Ray Mabus, who is prochoice. Prolifers had specifically targeted Mabus for defeat after he vetoed prolife bills.

“Prolife voters sent a message to Ray Mabus: If you veto prolife legislation, we’ll veto your re-election,” said Sandy Ellard, president of Mississippi Right to Life. Strong prolife victories were registered in that state’s legislative races as well.

The NRLC also noted that Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer lost his bid for re-election in the state primaries last month. Prolife activists had vowed to vote him out of office after he vetoed three prolife bills in two years—despite the prolife position on which he was elected.

Abortion was also a significant issue in Virginia, where prolife candidates captured a number of key races in the Virginia House of Delegates and state senate. “Abortion … didn’t appear to help Democrats much … ...

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