Number of Pro-Life Women Elected to Congress Bolsters the Culture of Life

In a largely-unreported-but-hope-inspiring victory for pro-life Americans, the number of pro-life women in the U.S. House of Representatives will more than double in the new Congress. The 2020 election resulted in 16 — and counting — pro-life female candidates elected to the House for the first time; 11 more incumbents held their seats, with three more races yet to be called at this time. This surge in pro-life female representation gives a jolt to our nation’s capital and to the pro-life movement.

In eight of the 16 new victories, women flipped previously Democrat-held House seats. Take, for example, the newly elected Rep. Yvette Herrell of New Mexico, who ousted the now-outgoing Xochitl Torres Small. While Small had a 100% approval rating from the NARAL abortion lobby, Herrell was endorsed by pro-life groups such as the Susan B. Anthony List and has a record of co-sponsoring several pro-life bills at the state level.

There’s also the case of Rep.-elect Maria Salazar of Florida, who unseated former Clinton Health and Human Services’ Secretary Donna Shalala. In her cabinet-level role in the 1990s, Shalala took responsibility and faced criticism for the Clinton administration’s pick for Dr. Henry Foster to be appointed surgeon general, after it was revealed he had performed far more abortions than initially reported.

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