In the United States, the atmosphere is rather disappointing for pro-life organizations after the results of the mid-term elections. One thing is certain: the theme of abortion – whether for or against – was a decisive factor with many voters.
While the Republicans managed to regain – narrowly – the House of Representatives, the “red wave” predicted by pundits did not take place. As for the Senate, it went to the Democrats.
The Democrats took control of several state legislatures, which leaves them a free hand to apply a permissive agenda in terms of abortion and gender ideology.
In this area, other sources of concern have arisen from the results of referendums organized within various states. In California, 65% of voters approved an amendment to the state constitution to create a “right” to abortion. Vermont and Michigan did the same.
This is the famous Proposition One which establishes the fundamental right to freely perform an abortion and to use contraception, so that the local state supreme court would not be able to overturn it. Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, did not hesitate to spend over $3.5 million dollars ($2 million of his own money) on the campaign in favor of Proposition One.
A proposition could, in the opinion of several lawyers, allow a woman to abort her baby until the day before birth. “More than 80% of Californians reject late-term abortion, yet this is exactly what Proposition One allows,” laments Catherine Hadro, spokesperson for the No on Proposition One campaign.
“We will need to be extremely careful and vigilant in the future to get the truth out, to share the truly real facts,” she added, accusing her political opponents of using fake news to mislead voters.
Supporters of the fight for life will be able to console themselves with Republicans winning the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. The specter of a national law legalizing abortion remains distant.
A worrying fact for the Democrats is the following. Since 2018, the GOP has increasingly attracted the Latin American electorate, and the latest midterm elections have confirmed this trend. This is one more concern for the Biden Administration, because this electorate, traditionally Catholic and loyal by custom to the Democratic party, is likely to carry more weight at the ballot box in the future.
Be that as it may, the next major political contest will take place in two years for another round of House and Senate elections and the Presidential election.