Abortion advocates will face many new foes in the 112th Congress. According to our internal analysis at the ACLJ, out of the 93 new Republicans and Democrats heading to Capitol Hill, 77 will be solid pro-life votes - all are Republicans.
Among the 84 Republicans, only one will vote consistently pro-abortion while 6 have mixed records or their view is unknown. At the time of writing, there are 10 House races pending. Thus, the number of new pro-life legislators can only go up.
This will be a remarkable change for pro-life advocacy groups and the socially conservative constituents they represent. There were 183 reliable pro-life representatives in the 111th Congress, 35 votes shy of the 218 necessary to pass a piece of legislation. Next year, there will be no less than 230 solid pro-life representatives, a 47-seat net gain that pushes the pro-life vote over the minimum 218 margin.
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Please note that in discussing political issues, candidates positions and political party statements, Jordan Sekulow is offering analysis in his individual capacity as lawyer and commentator. He is not speaking on behalf of the American Center for Law & Justice. The ACLJ does not endorse or oppose candidates for public office. Nothing contained in this article should be construed as the position of the ACLJ.