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For immediate release:  Thursday, November 12, 2020 by National Right to Life Committee

POLLING SHOWS IMPACT OF ABORTION ISSUE IN 2020 ELECTION

23% OF VOTERS CITED ABORTION AND VOTED PRO-LIFE

31.9% HEARD FROM NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE

WASHINGTON – A post-election poll of voters in the 2020 election found that the issue of abortion once again played a key role in the presidential and congressional elections, and that National Right to Life and its state affiliates were key to getting out the pro-life vote for pro-life candidates.

Nationally, 23% of voters said that the abortion issue affected their vote and voted for candidates who oppose abortion. This compares to just 18% who said abortion affected their vote and voted for candidates who favor abortion, yielding a 5% advantage for pro-life candidates.

In states where National Right to Life’s political committees were most actively involved, 27% of voters said that the abortion issue affected their vote and voted for candidates who oppose abortion. This compares to just 16% who said abortion affected their vote and voted for candidates who favor abortion, yielding an 11% advantage for pro-life candidates in those high-activity states.

These poll results show that the pro-life vote was a major factor in crushing the “blue wave” from state legislatures to Congress. Overall, National Right to Life’s political committees were actively involved in 123 races, including the presidential race. In those races, 78 (68%) pro-life candidates prevailed, including pro-life Senate candidates in Alabama, Alaska, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. A total of seven House races have yet to be called.

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For immediate release: Monday, October 26, 2020, 7:10 PM CDT by National Right to Life Committee

U.S. SENATE CONFIRMS AMY CONEY BARRETT, 52-48 TO U.S. SUPREME COURT

WASHINGTON -- The president of the nation's oldest and largest pro-life organization this evening commended President Trump and Senate Republicans for overcoming intense political attacks to successfully seat Amy Coney Barrett as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Senate, including Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn, voted 52-48 to confirm Barrett, with all 47 Senate Democrats voting in opposition (joined by only a single Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine).

Carol Tobias, president of National Right Life, commented: "On behalf of Americans who treasure the rights protected by the Constitution, including the right to life, we commend President Trump and Senate Republicans for their landmark achievement of placing three advocates of judicial restraint on the Supreme Court. They accomplished this in the face of increasingly rabid political threats from Democrat-aligned interest groups and their media allies, and escalating threats of attacks on the independence of the Supreme Court by many Senate Democrats. I speak for millions of Americans who believe that the President, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, and the Republican Party collectively deserve our deepest gratitude and our energetic support."

Some have objected to Senate action on the Barrett nomination on grounds that "millions of Americans have already voted" in advance of the November 3 general election. NRL Senior Policy Advisor Douglas Johnson commented:  "Those who refer to this nomination and confirmation as 'illegitimate' speak constitutional nonsense and dangerous nonsense. Under the Constitution, two things are required to seat a Supreme Court justice -- the President's nomination, and the Senate's consent; in 2016 the Senate exercised its constitutional prerogative to withhold consent. The 100 senators who voted today were elected by about 125 million Americans, and they were elected to represent their constituents at least until January 3, 2021--most for years longer. All 100 discharged that constitutional function today. The constituents of senators in cycle will very soon have the opportunity to express their approval or disapproval of their senators' votes on Amy Coney Barrett. All of this is a fully legitimate exercise of the constitutional order."

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TENNESSEE RIGHT TO LIFE CONDEMNS DISTRICT COURT RULING

BASIC SAFEGUARD FOR WOMEN STRUCK DOWN

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - With complete disregard for the health and safety of Tennessee's women and unborn children, Senior United States District Judge Bernard A. Friedman has permanently enjoined enforcement of Tennessee's 48-hour waiting period.

This common sense policy, in effect since 2015, has resulted in the saving of countless unborn lives and a lack of regret by mothers who had time to further consider her decision following provision of informed consent information. The extra 48-hours also allowed mothers the opportunity to identify life-affirming resources in her community or region.

"Not only is this decision a slap at Tennessee's abortion-vulnerable women, it is an affront to Tennessee's voters who passed a 2014 constitutional amendment in which allowing a short waiting period was a key factor," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. "Our organization remains committed to seeing a similar statute drafted and enforced during the next legislative session," said Harris.

Judge Friedman in his ruling states "the mandatory waiting period is...gratuitously demeaning to women who have decided to have an abortion...provides no appreciable benefit to fetal life or women's mental and emotional health. On the contrary.....place women's physical and psychological health and well-being at risk."

Present during the 2019 court hearings, Tennessee Right to Life heard testimony from Dr. Priscilla Coleman, Bowling Green State University Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, that 25 - 40% of women seeking abortion arrive at the abortion facility undecided and through her research has found that information and time benefit women.

"This waiting period law was drafted in consultation with nationally renowned legal scholars in order to mirror similar laws across the country. We have no doubt that the Sixth Circuit will swiftly overturn Judge Friedman’s ruling.” said Will Brewer, legal counsel and legislative liaison for Tennessee Right to Life.

Tennessee Right to Life will continue advocating for protective, pro-life legislation and defending this law. Your active support is needed now more than ever.