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Governor Rauner Signs Pro-Abortion HB40

UPDATE: Governor Rauner has signed House Bill 40 in to public act on September 28th.   It is effective June 1st, 2018. In a press confe...

August 29, 2016

2016 Senate Elections: Staying Home is NOT an Option!

2016 Pro-Life Senate Candidates
Every election year brings with it new challenges, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that this election has been the most unpredictable election year in our lifetime!

But there do remain constants.

Every election, we encounter those who are so discouraged with how some races are shaping up that they hide behind their anger and sacrifice their right to vote.

And, every election, we make decisions that will have consequences, for good or ill, for generations to come.

In politics, we have to always be looking forward, being watchful and vigilant in a field that is constantly changing. But we can’t just look to the future, we must also learn from our past, being ever mindful to not repeat history’s mistakes.

Millions of pro-lifers have dedicated their lives to fight for the rights of people we will never meet, making sacrifices so that others may live.

As pro-lifers, we are constantly on the battle lines. We battle for the hearts and minds of Americans. We are on the frontlines in a spiritual battle as well.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

We forget that these words represented a truly radical idea of the time. They fought on the frontlines of history, incapable of knowing the ripple effect their efforts would have on future lives. But they knew that these ideas, life, liberty… were worth fighting for.

We now find ourselves in a ferocious battle to keep pro-life leadership in the U.S. House and Senate, so that we can pass protective pro-life legislation that saves lives – and prevent the enactment of sweeping new pro-abortion legislation that would cost countless lives.

Each time you enter the voting booth, you have a ripple effect that will impact the entire country. You will be electing senators and representatives who will determine the direction of our nation and who will decide the next members of our Supreme Court. You will be electing local representatives who will decide whether your state respects life or passes laws that prey on the vulnerable.

Those local representatives whom you elect may eventually run for higher office. And so the cycle continues. Each vote we cast, or do not cast, will have consequences.

As we look to upcoming Supreme Court nominations perhaps the greatest responsibility we in the political field have right now is to ensure we have a pro-life Senate that will confirm pro-life nominees and block judges who would entrench and expand Roe.

This year, there are 34 U.S. Senate seats up for election: 10 Democrat seats and 24 Republican seats. All of the Democrats up for re-election are pro-abortion.

In the House of Representatives Democrats need a net gain of only 30 seats to take pro-abortion control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The battle for majority control of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives will have sweeping implications for the future of the pro-life movement and our battle to save unborn babies. The loss of the pro-life Republican majorities would be devastating to life issues.

Abortion is the ultimate human discrimination and we. Will. Not. Stay. Silent.

We will fight with our last breath for those who cannot speak for themselves. As long as there is the violence and injustice of abortion there will be those of us who stand against it, and work to protect all of our unborn brothers and sisters.

In every battle, there are soldiers, and every soldier needs their marching orders. These are yours:

Do not stay silent.

Do not be discouraged.

Do not allow fear to guide your steps.

Taken from an article by Karen Cross. NRL Political Director

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