Abortion a voting issue

By Charla Bansley, Special to the BDN
Posted Jan. 26, 2011, at 7:56 p.m.

Thirty-eight years ago this week, the Supreme Court decided the fateful Roe v. Wade, which has led to the death of 53 million innocent, unborn babies. While we mourn this tragic loss of life, we look forward to the day when all human life is considered sacred.

A new day is dawning. The baby boomers’ focus was on women’s rights; the millennials (young adults under 30) are more focused on the morality of killing an unborn baby.

For the first time since 1973, more young people are pro-life and more likely to vote their values. According to a survey conducted by the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, or NARAL, 51 percent of young, pro-life voters consider abortion a “very important” voting issue; only 26 percent of abortion-rights young people consider it “very important.”

Twenty-seven thousand young people obtained tickets for Monday’s pro-life Mass and rally at the Verizon Center, outside of Washington, D.C. Parallel masses were held at the D.C. Armory and four Catholic churches because the 20,000-seat Verizon arena could not hold the huge crowd. The young people came to D.C. from all over the country, including Maine, as part of the annual National March for Life to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Because of these young voters, our federal and state legislatures are changing.

Thirty years ago, the National Democratic Party began supporting abortion rights. In 2008, the party supported an extraordinary number of pro-life candidates. Today, there is a majority of pro-life lawmakers, such as Rep. Dan Lipinski, a Democrat from Illinois, who is co-chairing the Pro-Life Caucus.

These pro-life congressmen are now busy rolling back taxpayer-funded abortion. The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” would ensure that no taxpayer money goes to funding abortion, and the “Protect Life Act” targets abortion funding through ObamaCare.

In the 2010 election, 20 states elected pro-life governors, and 19 state legislative chambers switched to the pro-life Republican Party. Maine is no exception.

Gov. Paul LePage, many legislators, and a standing-room-only crowd gathered at the annual pro-life rally and march in Augusta last week. “Especially within the freshman class of legislators, certainly on the Republican side, many would probably call themselves pro-life, and certainly with our governor being a pro-life gover-nor, I have no reason to believe why this [pro-life legislation] wouldn’t get support,” Rep. Eleanor “Ellie” Espling, R-New Gloucester, told Maine Public Broadcasting.

Several bills are making their way through the Maine Legislature which would protect and empower women to make informed choices.

Espling is sponsoring an informed choice bill that would require doctors to provide women with the risks of abortion and a list of alternatives.

LD 116, sponsored by Rep. Tyler Clark, R-Easton, would require a 24-hour waiting period before a woman could obtain an abortion.

A bill sponsored by Dale Crafts, R-Lisbon, would strengthen parental consent laws for a minor to obtain an abortion.

Concerned Women for America of Maine applauds the courage and dedication of Gov. LePage and these legislators to protect the health of women and the life of the unborn. This week as we grieve the 53 million babies who have been aborted since Roe v. Wade, we have reason to hope for a better day in the lives of women and unborn children.

Charla Bansley of Ellsworth is the state director for Concerned Women for America.

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/01/26/opinion/morailty-millennials%e2%80%99-focus/ printed on August 20, 2014