A Dark Day for Pro-Abortionists

Deal W. Hudson

Well, the dust has finally begun to settle from the election flurry earlier this week. Now that things are starting to clear up, it’s time for us to step back and assess the situation.

There certainly were some unexpected upsets, but what I think was the most unexpected – and the most encouraging – was the surprise victory of conservative Christian values.

Because the mainstream media isn’t happy with these results (and doesn’t seem to want to report them), I thought I’d do an election round-up of my own, focusing on those races and numbers that you might not have seen in the paper. In my mind, these are the real victories from Tuesday, and the people and places to watch in the upcoming term.

It was surprising, even to me, how large a role the issue of abortion played in deciding some key elections. According to Pro-Life Infonet (www.prolifeinfo.org), eight of the top ten Senate races in the country went to pro-life candidates, and other pro-life incumbents managed to keep their seats as well. Two-thirds of the newly elected House officials are also pro-life.

Compare this to the results of candidates sponsored by EMILY’s List – a veritable who’s who of pro-abortion politicians – who lost 17 of the 22 candidates they sponsored. It wasn’t a good year to be pro-choice.

Exit-polls conducted by sources such as Fox News confirmed that many voters had abortion on their minds when they went to the polls – and the overwhelming majority of those voters were pro-life.

Case in point: In Missouri, 17 percent of voters said abortion was their number one concern, second only to the economy (21 percent), in voting for a senator. Of those 17 percent, 80 percent voted for pro-life candidate Jim Talent over incumbent pro-choice Senator Jean Carnahan. Some credit this important vote to Talent’s upset win; the legislative director of National Right to Life said, “It would certainly be fair to say Sen. Carnahan was defeated on the pro-life issue.”

Other states saw similar results. Fourteen percent of Minnesota voters said abortion was their top concern, the third-highest single issue named. Nine percent of the voters in Georgia felt the same way. Of these voters, the vast majority voted for pro-life candidates – candidates that went on to big wins.

Hawaii and Nevada had crucial wins for life, too. Hawaii’s previous governor was pushing a bill that would make them the second state to legalize assisted suicide. Instead, voters chose his challenger, Laura Lingle, who has promised to veto any such bill in the future. Voters in Nevada also said a decisive “no” to homosexual marriages, another win for the culture of life.

Catholics in particular made a strong showing at the polls. In Florida, 26% of the voters were Catholic, the highest single denomination voting. Many other key states in this election saw huge voter turnout from Catholics, and now these states have solid pro-life representatives.

That’s not to say that there weren’t some heavy losses. It’s disappointing to see pro-abortion “Catholic” Jennifer Granholm win her bid for governor in Michigan. After so much controversy surrounding her campaign, I can’t help but wonder if things might have gone differently had Cardinal Maida taken a more forceful stand against her decidedly anti-Catholic position.

Maida might have taken a lead from Bishop Blaise Cupich of Rapid City, South Dakota, who spoke strongly against (and directly to) Tom Daschle in his support of NARAL. Bishop Cupich wrote a letter to be read at every church in his diocese last Sunday where he made it very clear that supporting NARAL, or any pro-choice candidate, was out of the question.

“Catholic people are not single issue voters,” he said. “We do care about the sick and the elderly, the homeless, the poor, education, security and world peace. But if the senator, as the leader of his party, wants to make abortion the single issue in this year’s election, then we are ready to let him and those who support him know this week and in the months and years to come where we stand.”

It looks like Bishop Cupich was right. Whatever other issues we may disagree on, conservative Christians will always rally to the side of life. And when they do, they make for a pretty intimidating constituency, because you can bet they’ll vote their conscience.

Now I know that we can’t expect radical changes over night. It’ll take a lot of time and a lot of patience for these votes to come to fruition in legislation that will protect life. But in the meantime, conservative Christians have shown the country that there are more of us than they thought, and we aren’t going away. In the case of this year’s election, at least, we definitely made a real difference.

By Deal Hudson

Deal W. Hudson was born November 20, 1949 in Denver, CO, to Emmie and Jack Hudson, both native Texans. Dr. Hudson had an older sister Ruth, and eventually, a younger sister, Elizabeth. Emmie Hudson, Ruth Hudson and Elizabeth Hudson now live in Houston, TX; Jack Hudson passed away some years ago. The late Jack Hudson was a captain for Braniff Airlines in Denver at the time of Dr. Hudson’s birth. Later the family moved to Kansas City when his father joined the Federal Aviation Agency. From Kansas City, the Hudson family moved to Minneapolis, then to Massapequa, NY, and finally to Alexandria, VA, where they first occupied a home overlooking the Potomac River adjacent to the Mount Vernon estate. After a year, the family moved to a home on Tarpon Lane a few houses up the street from the Yacht Haven boat docks. Dr. Hudson attended Mt. Vernon Elementary School from grades 4 to 6 and has a special gratitude for the teaching of Mr. Hoppe who first told him was a ‘smart lad.’ Having moved with his family to Fort Worth, TX in 1960, Dr. Hudson attended William Monnig Junior High and Arlington Heights HS. In high school, Dr. Hudson was captain of the golf team, editor of the literary magazine (Guerdon), and performed the role of Peter in the ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ during his senior year. Dr. Hudson graduated cum laude with a major in philosophy from the University of Texas-Austin in 1971 where his undergraduate advisor was Prof. John Silber. His teachers at the University of Texas included Prof. Louis Mackey and Prof. Larry Caroline. Dr. Hudson minored in both classics and English literature. Dr. Hudson lived in Atlanta from 1974-1989, where he attended Emory University, receiving a Phd from the Graduate Institute for the LIberal Arts. He also taught philosophy at Mercer University in Atlanta from 1980-89. In 1989 Dr. Hudson and his family left Atlanta when he was hired to teach philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. Dr. Hudson taught at Fordham, and also part-time at New York University, from 1989 to 1994. Dr. Hudson first came to Atlanta in after graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) with an M.Div. While at PTS, Dr. Hudson managed the Baptist Student Union at Princeton University and became its first director. Dr. Hudson also was licensed at a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention at Madison Baptist Church in Madison, NJ. Dr. Hudson’s primary area of study at PTS was the history of Christian doctrine which he pursued with Dr. Karlfried Froelich. In 1984 Dr. Hudson was received in the Catholic Church by Msgr. Richard Lopez, with the special permission of Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan, at the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta. Dr. Hudson has been married twenty-five years to Theresa Carver Hudson and they have two children, Hannah Clare, 23, and Cyprian Joseph (Chip), 15, adopted from Romania when he was three years old. The Hudson family has lived in Fairfax, VA for more than fifteen years, after having lived five years in Bronxville, NY and a year in Atlanta, GA, where Theresa and Deal were married.

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