|In this edition of E-Notes:|
|Dianne Edmondson, Executive Director, Dianne@rnclife.org||November 5, 2010|
Pro-Life Victories Are Sweet!
As Republicans across the nation were swept into office on the wave of opposition to the socialist policies of President Obama, pro-lifers have great reasons to rejoice as the majority of those GOP candidates are pro-life.
RNC for Life endorsed 84 Republican nominees who are 100% pro-life from among the nearly 175 candidates (Primary and General elections) who returned our questionnaire. Of those endorsed, more than half (50) were victorious Tuesday night. Check our website for the winners.
As of Friday, five of our endorsed candidates were in tight races where the results are still in doubt: 1) Jesse Kelly in AZ 8 is down by 2,349 votes, but there are still thousands of military ballots out which may well swing the election to this Marine; 2) John Koster in WA 2 is down by 1,451 votes and because Washington state votes almost entirely by mail with only two counties having polling sites on election day, the election will not be certified until those ballots have been received and counted later this month; 3) Keith Fimian in VA 11 trails by fewer than 6000 votes, and his campaign cautions that until the canvass is completed and military ballots are counted, this race isn't over.; 4) Ed Martin in MO 3 who is trailing his opponent but under suspicious last-minute balloting which may include voter fraud and 5) Joe Walsh in IL 8 who is ahead by only 553 votes, so his opponent has not yet conceded.
Many other pro-lifers were elected Tuesday night; not all candidates returned our questionnaire but have declared themselves pro-life on websites, through other pro-life organizations or in their campaign literature. In fact, according to Autumn Fredericks Christensen of the Congressional Pro-life Caucus, Tuesday's election resulted in the following:
We welcome these among the ranks of our endorsed winners, and look forward to passing pro-life legislation in the House of Representatives, such as Cong. Chris Smith's H.R. 5939 known as the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act." This bill will codify various pro-life language such as the Hyde Amendment, (related to programs funded through the HHS appropriations), the Helms amendment (concerning overseas programs), the Smith FEHBP amendment (concerning coverage for federal employees), the Dornan amendment (regarding D.C. funding) and other policies governing programs such as the Peace Corps and federal prisons. The bill also codifies the conscience clause known as Hyde-Weldon. It would be a great pro-life legislative start!
Look for more on the pro-life legislative agenda in the December issue of the RNC for Life Report. Become a member of RNC/Life and receive the RNC for Life Report.
As the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil campaign concluded last week, 698 babies (and their mothers) were saved from abortion, according to campaign director Shawn Carney. With some 238 vigils taking place around the world, many lives were touched as participants quietly prayed or displayed posters and signs outside abortion facilities, including the largest in the western hemisphere, Planned Parenthood's Houston, TX headquarters. (See photo below).
Several abortion facilities shut down during the 40 days, while at least one other has completely closed down permanently. And several abortion workers have decided to find other work. Another 40 Days for Life campaign will be held in the spring of 2011.
For two years, Focus on the Family has been educating prospective parents about the thousands of children in various states' foster care systems who are legal orphans and waiting for "forever" families. In that time, more than 1,100 adoptions have been started as a result of their "Wait No More" conferences which have taken place in Colorado, California, Missouri and Ohio. On Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas, the "Wait No More" conference will join with the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services and leaders from various Texas churches to bring together those concerned about the more than 3,500 children in Texas who are eligible for adoption. Attendees will learn about children who are waiting, the process of adoption from foster care, and ways to support adoptive families. Additionally, county and agency representatives will be on hand to answer specific questions. Pre-registration is requested. For more information or to find a conference near you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-A-FAMILY.
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