Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Today's the Day: Vote Pro-Life Down-Ballot!

Secular Pro-Life president Kelsey Hazzard here. Last week, as many of you know, I participated in a friendly debate with fellow pro-life activist Lauren Muzyka. The debate was hosted by Students for Life of America. I took the #NeverTrump position, arguing that a Trump presidency would hurt the pro-life cause more than it helps. Lauren took the position that Trump's promise to nominate pro-life Justices to the Supreme Court outweighs his flaws. There was also wine. It was a lot of fun.

I hope you'll watch the debate in its entirety if you haven't already. But if you don't have time, let me leave you with a key passage from my opening statement:
So here’s what I propose. First: Whatever your view on the presidency, vote pro-life down-ballot. Don’t let the negativity of the presidential election discourage you from showing up to vote for your members of Congress and state and local officials. The odds are overwhelming that Hillary Clinton will be our next president, but her approval numbers are too low to give her a true mandate. With strong pro-life majorities in Congress, we can preserve the Hyde Amendment and stop her extreme pro-abortion agenda.
And second: we take a hard look at our movement, at ourselves, we have some painful conversations, and together, we do everything in our power to not only make Hillary Clinton a one-term president, but to replace her with a pro-life leader we can actually be proud of.
And from my closing statement:
I’d like to reiterate what I said toward the end of my opening statement, which is that if you agree with me that there’s no good pro-life candidate for president, please don’t let that stop you from going to the polls. There’s so much more on the ballot. The President of the United States doesn’t decide if your state will have an informed consent law. The President of the United States doesn’t decide if your school district’s sex ed curriculum will include accurate information about prenatal development. The President of the United States doesn’t decide if the lot across the street from the middle school will be zoned for a Planned Parenthood. YOU decide that, by voting in your state and local races.
This election has put the pro-life movement through the wringer. Tomorrow is a new day. Whatever results are announced tonight,* we will never stop fighting for the most vulnerable members of the human family.

*In the name of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, please let them be announced tonight. Let this not be a repeat of Bush v. Gore. Ramen.

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