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Nov. 15, 2002
A Post Election "Thank You" to The Knights of Columbus 
2002 General Election analysts have attributed the success of Republican Congressional and U.S. Senate candidates to the fact that many of them are pro-life, many of whom are pro-life without discrimination against any babies for any reason. It should not go unnoticed that The Knights of Columbus bought full-page pro-life ads in major newspapers across the country, including USA Today, the week before the election. The ads featured a 4"x5" black and white photograph of a beautiful baby in utero on an otherwise blank page. Underneath the picture were the words, "If you ever feel your vote doesnít count, remember someoneís counting on you." Below that, at the bottom of the page, appeared the words, "Vote Pro-Life this election." We wish to extend our thanks and appreciation to The Knights of Columbus and their donors for placing the ads, which we are sure motivated many voters to help elect the fine men and women endorsed by RNC/Life PAC.

2003 Republican Caucus to be Minus Two Female Pro-Abortion Advocates 
Reps. Marge Roukema (R-NJ) and Connie Morella (R-MD) will not return to Capitol Hill next year. Mrs. Roukema, who has been one of the strongest advocates of abortion-on-demand among Republicans in Congress, is retiring and her replacement is pro-life champion Scott Garrett who, with help from RNC/Life PAC, won the seat on November 5th. Mrs. Morella, who has led pro-abortion forces throughout her seven terms in Congress, was defeated by a pro-abortion Democrat. Penny Pullen, president of Life Advocacy Alliance, commented in her November 11 Life Advocacy Briefing that Morellaís defeat "and her absence from the Republican Caucus should provide both a salutary freshening and a useful lesson to those Republicans who think voting like a Democrat will spare them electoral problems."

Candidates Co-Endorsed by Pro-Abortion and Pro-Life Groups Defeated 
The voters are not stupid. Weíre talking about a matter of life or death. You canít split the difference. The country is growing more pro-life each year. Republicans who align themselves with the abortion industry donít do well against pro-abortion Democrats.

All these lessons and more may or may not have been learned by some people who consider themselves "pragmatic" when it comes to abortion politics, but the messages were loud and clear when Doug Forrester, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, accepted the endorsement of the Republican Pro-Choice Coalition after he had been endorsed by National Right to Life Committee PAC, which reportedly spent more than $40,000 on his campaign. Forrester, who had been leading in the polls, suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Democrat Frank Lautenberg after New Jersey Right to Life (an independent organization not affiliated with any other pro-life group) exposed his alliance with the pro-abortion coalition and after Mr. Forrester pledged to work for removal of the pro-life plank from the Republican National Platform.

In North Carolina, Republican candidate for the District 13 House seat Carolyn Grant was defeated after she was endorsed by both North Carolina Right to Life PAC and The WISH List, a political committee organized to help elect pro-abortion Republican women to Congress.

Passage of Pro-Life Legislation Not Assured 
Despite all the cheering from conservatives over the results of the election, and despite the fact that pro-life voters greatly influenced the outcome of a number of the most hotly-contested races in the country, and while there will be a Republican majority in the House and Senate in 2003, there will not necessarily be a pro-life majority. In addition to the pro-abortion Democrats in the House, the number of pro-abortion Republicans is still uncomfortably large. And, too many Republican House Members justify abortion for one reason or another. In the Senate, it takes 60 votes to pass a bill. Republicans Arlen Specter (PA), Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins (ME), Lincoln Chafee (RI), Ted Stevens (AK), Ben Campbell (CO), and John Warner (VA) usually vote against pro-life legislation. Because of that, it is essential that pro-life citizens keep in touch with their representatives, letting them know their views as pro-life bills are introduced and informing them of the reasons they should vote our way.

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