By Steven Ertelt
When Texas became the first state in the nation to ban abortions, radical abortion activists promised they would defeat Governor Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and every single pro-life elected official who had anything to do with protecting babies from abortions.
Yet every pro-life Republican statewide official won their race for re-election.
“Pro-Life conservatives saw big wins on Tuesday night, the first nationwide general election since the reversal of Roe v. Wade,” says Kim Schwartz of Texas Right to Life. “While Democrats hoped that abortionists’ doomsday narrative would dominate voters on Election Day, the truth was always on Pro-Lifers’ side. Unlimited abortion proved to not be the winning issue that anti-Life Democrats counted on it to be, and this allowed the GOP to secure some pivotal races across the state.”
She added: “Republicans handily won every single statewide race in Texas, including the highly publicized governor’s seat. Democrats ran one of their most profitable candidates, Beto O’Rourke, and still lost to Pro-Life Governor Greg Abbott. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who ushered the Texas Heartbeat Act and many other Pro-Life bills through the Texas Senate, also easily kept his seat.”
The victories were not limited to statewide races.
“Notably, Texas candidates saw significant wins in South Texas and along the border. Pete Flores, who started the “red wave” in Hispanic communities in 2018, won Senate District 24 Tuesday night to return to the state Senate. Janie Lopez won a close race in the Texas House, flipping House District 37 in San Benito from blue to red. Monica De La Cruz also easily flipped Congressional District 15 as the first Republican ever to win the seat and represent the Pro-Life values of South Texans in the U.S. House,” Schwartz explained.
Texas Alliance for Life’s Executive Director, Joe Pojman also pointed out the huge pro-life victories in Texas.
“Texas remains a pro-life state. All statewide elected officials endorsed by our PAC prevailed by decisive margins, including Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and Attorney General Ken Paxton. This was despite the well-funded efforts of their opponents to frighten voters by misrepresenting the effects of pro-life laws that Texas has recently passed,” he told LifeNews.
“That is especially true of various mischaracterizations of the Human Life Protection Act, HB 1280, which began protecting unborn children from abortion beginning at conception shortly after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Opponents falsely claimed the law prevents appropriate treatment of certain rare but serious complications from pregnancy that threaten the mothers’ lives, which we quickly refuted,” Pojman said. “Of special note are the results of the re-election campaigns of the House and Senate authors of HB 1280, Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) and Sen. Angela Paxton (R-McKinney). We look forward to continuing to work with them and the many other pro-life legislators to protect innocent human life in Texas moving forward.”
“Thanks to largely successful election results in Congressional races, Texas will send to the U.S. House 26 pro-life members (out of 38) in 2023, up from 24 of 36 members,” Pojman noted.
Meanwhile, pro-life women also fared well in the state.
Schwartz said, “We also saw a number of Pro-Life women earn victory in their races. Carrie Isaac (HD 73 – Dripping Springs), Caroline Harris (HD 52 – Round Rock), Terri Leo Wilson (HD 23 – Galveston area), and Ellen Troxclair (HD 19 – Austin area) soared to victory Tuesday night over their opponents. These strong Pro-Life women will champion messages of faith, family, and values that are desperately needed in the state Capitol.”
Finally, all four Texas cities with a local abortion ban on the ballot voted in favor of the Sanctuary City for the Unborn proposition. Election results in Abilene, Athens, Plainview, and San Angelo emphasized Texans’ commitment to protecting Life at every level.