Election Night 2014 saw Republican candidates pick up enough votes to win control of the state Senate here in New York. And Republican victories across the nation have secured both the House of Representatives and the Senate in Washington!
While not all Republicans share our prolife views, the party has traditionally supported legislation to defend the unborn, so this bodes very well for the future.
The victory in Albany — where the Republicans now hold the required 32-vote majority in the Senate — means that it is unlikely the controversial abortion plank of the Women’s Equality Act will advance anytime soon.
In Washington, the prolife margin in the House of Representatives was increased, while in the Senate, we picked up seven more prolife votes, with two more possible when the races are finally decided.
This means that prolife legislation that has already passed the House (like the bill that would prohibit abortions after the age that babies can feel pain or the bill that would stop taxpayer funding of abortion) will finally have a chance in the Senate at the next session of Congress.
Yesterday was an very important step forward as the right-to-life movement scored big gains in the mid-term elections.
Now, at first glance, it may seem that Election Night didn’t change things much in Rockland County.
After all the votes were cast, Rockland still has only one prolife voice at the state legislature — Sen. William Larkin representing Haverstraw/Stony Point (Congratulations Sen. Larkin, and thank you for all you’ve done!!)
Yes, Gov. Cuomo and all the other proabortion supporters — Sen. Carlucci and Reps. Jaffe, Zebrowski, and Skoufis — as well as our Congresswoman Nita Lowey, are still in office.
However, remember we’re from a very “blue” neck of the woods. We have to hang tough and keep working and never give up. But keep your eye on the state and national horizon. The sun seems to be rising there. And don’t forget that wherever there’s a prolife victory, it’s a win for all of us.