Even after doubling the number of GOP women in the House, abortion restrictions still face an uphill battle with a Democratic majority.
Pro-life legislators in the US House of Representatives made major gains on Tuesday with the election of 13 new pro-life women and the reelection of the House’s 11 incumbent pro-life women.
With female pro-life candidates running in eight House races that have not been called, the pro-life presence could still grow.
A record-breaking 107 women were elected to the House in 2020, surpassing the previous record of 102 set in 2019.
Pro-life groups welcome the new representatives and the encouragement their presence will provide to their pro-life colleagues.
Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Foundation, said men advocating for the rights of the unborn are sometimes dismissed because they don’t deal with the direct effects of pregnancy the same way as women do.
“Bringing in more pro-life women will give encouragement and support to the leaders who have been speaking up for years,” she said.
All of the pro-life representatives elected this week are Republicans, and many say their position on abortion stems from their Christian faith.
“These gains are a repudiation of abortion extremism and further evidence that life is a winning issue in politics,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List in a statement celebrating the surge in pro-life women elected.
Seven of the 13 new pro-life women flipped seats previously held by Democrats, including Nancy Mace who defeated incumbent Joe Cunningham in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.
Mace, a 42-year-old single mother of two, will now become the first Republican woman to represent the 1st Congressional District. Mace mentions …