Heading into the 2024 elections, the Republican Party finds itself at a crossroads.
Members of the party’s inner circle say they’re facing a major dilemma.
And the decisions the party makes and the actions they take (or don’t take) could decide their very future.
For far too many Republicans, the pro-life issue has become a political albatross that they are afraid to take head on.
Democrats on offense while the GOP frets
The conundrum for the Grand Old Party has reached its peak ever since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade.
And the bad news for the Republican Party is that Democrats know it, and are using it.
Shortly after the 2023 elections the White House released a video in which Vice President Kamala Harris said, “Across the country, voters are rejecting extremists’ plan to ban abortion. It proves that not only is it bad policy, it is bad politics.”
And in 2022, voters approved pro-abortion ballot measures in six states.
Just last month Ohio kept that pro-abortion streak alive and in 2024 another 6 states may have pro-abortion measures on the ballot.
The GOP response has been lackluster at best, which is why many believe the pro-abortion mob has had such success.
“I think of all the stuff that has happened to the pro-life cause, they have been caught flat-footed on these referenda and they have been losing the referenda,” one GOP Presidential Candidate recently said on the debate stage.
That’s because the key to these past Democrat pro-abortion victories has been voter turnout.
For example, in this year’s Ohio election, exit polls showed pro-abortion leftists made up 34% of the vote, up from just 21% in 2020.
College-Educated White Women, who voted overwhelmingly for the pro-abortion measure in Ohio, made up 20% of the vote this year, up from 16% in 2020.
Simply put, the GOP needs a new, bold, strongly pro-life strategy.
Money talks and babies die
Then there’s the overwhelming money advantage of the pro-abortion lobby.
A memo released by the Susan B. Anthony List showed just how much this was true in Ohio, “pro-abortion forces spent a staggering $66.7 million – outspending pro-life forces by a 2:1 margin.”
More problematic for the GOP is the sad fact that there is no consensus strategy currently in place.
Many Pro-life groups believe the GOP’s messaging should focus on the moral contrast between the two sides.
“What you have to do when you’re running against an extreme Democratic candidate who believes in abortion up until birth paid for by taxpayers, you have to provide a contrast to that that is effective and that is attractive,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List.
The general feeling among most in the pro-life movement is that for the GOP to fare better politically on this, the answer is to be bolder and stand strong for life.
Pro-life Republican Virginia Congressman Bob Good said it best, “Moderation inspires no one. Moderation means lack of inspiration. Moderation means lack of turnout. Moderation means you lose elections…at the state level and the federal level, we need to redouble our efforts and be more effective in messaging but be bold on the issue with humility and compassion at the same time.”
Republican leaders and candidates would do well to listen to Bob Good.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.