Statement on President Trump’s Remarks on Abortion and the Results of the Midterm Election

Contact: Les Riley – President, Personhood Alliance, les@personhood.org or Gualberto Garcia Jones – Legal Counsel, Personhood Alliance, garcia@personhood.org

The real reason pro-life candidates and ballot issues lost in 2022 was that in every single campaign, the pro-abortion side outspent the pro-life side.  It had nothing to do with rape and incest exceptions.”
 
WASHINGTON, DC, January 4, 2022; For immediate release —  On January 1st, President Donald Trump published a message from his official Truth Social account blaming the lackluster performance of Republicans during the 2022 midterm elections on pro-life candidates who “firmly insisted on No exceptions.”
 
The Personhood Alliance opposes all intentional killing of innocent human beings from the moment of conception and at every stage of development. The Personhood Alliance disagrees with President Trump that a no-exceptions position is a losing position for a pro-life politician to run on.  We also fundamentally disagree that pro-lifers can justify the killing of innocent children conceived in rape or incest.  Lastly, we hold that intentional abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother.
 
“The 2022 midterm election results clearly show that a candidates’ 100% pro-life position was irrelevant to the outcome of their campaign,” stated Les Riley, President of the Personhood Alliance.
 
Prominent Trump-backed candidates such as Dr. Oz, Herschel Walker, Blake Masters and Kari Lake, all expressed their support for abortion in cases of rape and incest and still went on to lose their elections.  Meanwhile, Senator Rand Paul and Governor Greg Abbott, proudly claim to be pro-life without exceptions, and easily won reelection.
 
Pam Stenzel, National Director of Living Exceptions, an affiliate of the Personhood Alliance representing people conceived in rape and pregnant through rape, explained that “from the beginning of the abortion debate and Roe vs. Wade, establishment Republicans caved to radical abortion supporters’ use of people like me, who were conceived in rape, to justify abortion on demand, for any reason, through all nine months of pregnancy. If anyone should be blamed for failed messaging, it is those who make excuses for abortion in certain circumstances.”
 
“There is some truth that the results of the 2022 midterms were impacted by the overturning of Roe v. Wade,” stated Gualberto Garcia Jones, Esq., Legal Counsel for the Personhood Alliance, “but in the end, the common denominator was fundraising; when pro-lifers outspent their opponents, they won.  Unfortunately this did not happen in many of the most important elections and in none of the ballot measures dealing with abortion,” added Mr. Garcia Jones.
 
The Heritage Foundation’s Midterm Election Report calculated that Democrats’ spent $450 million on pro-abortion attack ads to Republican’s $10 million in counter-ads.
 
President Trump’s social media post also blamed pro-lifers for not showing up after having had their wish of overturning Roe v. Wade granted by the Supreme Court.
 
While pro-lifers were uniformly pleased with the downfall of Roe v. Wade, the Dobbs decision was never and will never be the end goal of the pro-life movement,” stated Mr. Riley.  
 
In June of 2022, the Supreme Court ruled in the Dobbs v Jackson case that the constitution has nothing to say about abortion or the right to life of preborn babies. 
 
“Pro-lifers did not ‘get our wish’ in the Dobbs decision, we got the Missouri compromise,” stated the President of the Personhood Alliance.  “What we want is for the law to recognize the existing constitutional right to life of all innocent human beings at every stage of development,” concluded Mr. Riley.
 
GOP candidates won the national generic ballot by a larger margin than polling suggested prior to the election but failed to win key races.  The key demographic that swung towards the Democrat party appears to have been suburban independents.  Polling shows that pro-life Republicans turned out to vote in record numbers.
 

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