Since June, popular wisdom has held that the overturning of Roe v. Wade would hurt pro-life candidates in the midterm elections.
How false that theory proved.
Especially in Indiana.
Here in the Hoosier state—where we became the first state to pass a law banning most abortions in July—we witnessed massive success for pro-life candidates.
Every pro-life incumbent in the state legislature won re-election. Pro-lifers retained Indiana’s United States Senate seat, along with seven of nine House seats. Every statewide office was won by pro-life candidates, and a strong class of pro-life freshmen will now join the Indiana General Assembly.
Hoosiers have once again proclaimed our pro-life values at the ballot box: We want pro-life laws and we want pro-life leaders who will rally for them.
Our first glimpse of what voter turnout would look like this electron occurred in July, when hundreds of pro-lifers gathered at Indiana Right to Life’s Love Them Both Rally at the Indiana Statehouse. Since August, pro-lifers have continued to turn out in droves at fundraisers for our affiliates across the state. Momentum has been growing for pro-life Indiana.
This election underscores the major victory that came with the overturning of Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. After half a century, states have finally reclaimed authority over the most important human rights issue of our time. While we mourn that states like California will continue to deny the right to life to thousands of unborn children, we are grateful that here in Indiana, we are able to grant sanctuary to unborn children. We rejoice that we are able to honor their mothers with real support and empowerment.
This is Indiana’s time to lead the way as an example of what a state can do when embracing true compassion for pregnant mothers and unborn babies – loving them both. We look forward to new opportunities to extend Indiana’s legal protections to all unborn children. And we take heart, in hopes that SB 1, which prohibits most abortions in the state of Indiana, will be deemed constitutional in our state in the very near future.
For almost 50 years, Roe cast a bleak outlook for our country. The notion that any of this would be possible in the state of Indiana and the broader United States seemed like a far-off dream. How gratifying that our hopes and dreams for a pro-life Indiana are finally being realized. First through Dobbs, and now through the affirmation of voters all across our state.
Indiana is a pro-life state. And thanks to all who prayed, all who labored, and all who voted, we will continue to be.