The big takeaway from the midterm elections—even though results are still being determined—is leadership.
America’s families aren’t looking for politicians who just talk, make a splash or hide from hard issues. They are looking for real leaders with real solutions to real problems. Governor DeSantis’s decisive win proved a case in point.
Last night also demonstrated that DC needs new leadership. The people’s House seems to be flipping to Republican control, providing the opportunity for conservatives to put a stop to the policies coming from Nancy Pelosi’s House that keeps trying to “out woke” itself.
And, prolifers also learned that they need bold leadership to carve a path forward After Roe. Democrat leaders and strategists ran this election almost entirely on abortion. After 50 years of Roe v. Wade, one of our leading political parties still believes it’s ok to trade human lives for votes. We have much work to do together.
Keep reading for more analysis on individual races, the balance of power, the pro-life takeaways, and more!
When FPA puts our “endorsement stamp” on a candidate, that’s a big deal! We are very careful about who we choose to endorse.
We’ve featured some of the winning endorsed candidates here:
- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis won a decisive re-election victory early in the night, clearly stating that woke ideology dies in Florida! He even carried Miami-Dade County, the first time a Republican has done so in two decades. Governor DeSantis’s win is a message to other politicians that protecting children from sexualization in the classroom and standing up to woke business giants like Disney are winning issues.
- Oklahoma Senator James Lankford, a true pro-life, pro-family champion easily won re-election!
- Pro-life Texas Governor Greg Abbott easily won re-election over Beto O’Rourke.
- Congratulations to newly elected U.S. Representative Josh Brecheen (OK—02), an alumnus of FPA’s sister Foundation’s Statesmen Academy!
What about protecting the sanctity of life?
As we analyze the election results, the news on the life issue is mixed. The good news is that nearly half the states have very strong protections for children in the womb and their mothers After Roe—with eight more having at least some good protections. In other words, most states had already decided to be pro-life or pro-abortion After Roe before voting ever started for the midterm election.
The bad news is that in the five states (California, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana and Vermont) where abortion was on the ballot, the pro-abortion side won in each of those states. The results in California and Vermont were no surprise. However, the tough fight in Michigan and the losses in Kentucky and Montana were disappointing. In some ways, these states were the victims of unfortunate timing – fighting this battle at a time when the Left was at maximum motivation following major pro-life victories.
Fearing a more pro-life America, Planned Parenthood alone invested a record-setting $50 million in elections, and Democrats nearly unanimously fell in line—making abortion their number one campaign issue.
Despite the heavy investment, the U.S. House seems likely to flip to , which will stop the extreme abortion-on-demand up to birth approach that Nancy Pelosi’s House has taken. And there were many victories for pro-life candidates across the country, at all levels of government but especially in state-level offices. These are fantastic victories!
Many political commentators are noting that the big stories from last night are the decisive victories for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. All of these big winners were unabashedly pro-life candidates—and that’s an important lesson for other candidates to learn.
The bottom line is that despite over half the states having moved to protect the sanctity of life, Democrats still ran on abortion—too often against Republicans who spoke apologetically about their pro-life position. Confident, bold leadership to protect life can win, as the governors mentioned above demonstrate.
The overturning of Roe was a critical win—and it has already led to the saving of many thousands of babies. But as we said before—and this election proves—the road to making abortion unthinkable is a long one that will require our diligence and commitment. The next stage of that road is right around the corner, with pivotal 2023 state legislative sessions and the start of the 2024 presidential race. You are right in the middle of that through your support of Family Policy Alliance and our allied state organizations.
Though the House has not yet been called for Republicans, it seems poised to flip—making it a little friendlier for families. For the last two years, Nancy Pelosi’s House has sought to out-radicalize itself. Whether it was pushing to force all Americans to comply with radical gender ideology, or proposing legal abortion on-demand up to the moment of birth, Democrat priorities were dangerous for families and wildly out of touch with the majority of Americans.
Now, the people’s house has the chance to live up to its name. Instead of punishing parents, lawmakers should protect them. Rather than forcing irreversible body changes on children, they can focus on protecting the women and children victimized by radical gender ideology. And in a world after Roe v. Wade, lawmakers have an opportunity to go full steam ahead to support mothers and their babies, rather than wasting time and resources to legally take the lives of the youngest Americans.
Family Policy Alliance is preparing even now to help these newly elected leaders prioritize family values in the new Congress. Even if the Senate remains under Sen. Schumer’s leadership, the House has the opportunity to prioritize families and serve as an important goalie in blocking woke DC ideology pedaled by President Biden and his allies in the Senate.
Key Reactions from the States
Thank you for joining us for election night live updates and today’s analysis! With America looking for real leaders, we are already building out training (including on how to protect life After Roe) for elected leaders at all levels of government. We’re starting the work of preparing for the 2024 presidential election now. And, we’re busy preparing for the 2023 legislative session with plenty of pro-life, pro-family, pro-religious freedom policy solutions.
We aren’t slowing down, and we hope you’ll be in the race with us!
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May God bless you and your family,
President & CEO
It’s 2 in the morning as I’m writing this message. Voting may be done in the 2022 midterm elections, but the counts are still coming in – and all the analysis is just getting started.
By the time you’re opening this email, your phone or computer might be flooded with notifications about results in your state or the new Congress. But what does it all mean? And what do YOU need to know as someone who prioritizes family values?
In just a few minutes, we’re breaking it all down LIVE, and we want you to join us.
2022 Election Breakdown: What the Midterms Mean for Families
November 9, 2022
1 pm ET / 12 pm CT / 11 am MT / 10 am PT
Join us for a roundtable discussion with seasoned leaders from two states, moderated by Family Policy Alliance’s own Craig DeRoche and Autumn Leva. They’ll put results in perspective, share what this election means for families, and talk about what comes next for social conservatives. Don’t miss it!
Julaine Appling is President of Wisconsin Family Action. She is known for her longtime and strong stance for life. In fact, her organization was firebombed this spring because of that stance.
John Stemberger is President and General Counsel of Florida Family Policy Council. A lawyer by trade, John is a nationally respected leader and a driving force in protecting families.
Join us today to get the critical insights you need on last night’s election.
See you soon!
For the midterms, Planned Parenthood announced a record $50 million spend.
At the same time, nearly every candidate running as a Democrat this election cycle decided to feature abortion at the center of their platform. That’s not a coincidence.
Taking a human life is lucrative. Saving a human life is not.
Behind the heavy curtain of the Democratic National Committee sits the massive abortion industry. Planned Parenthood alone rakes in over $1.5 billion annually. It has proven remarkably agile at increasing the demand for its product, manipulating $600 million in annual cashflows from taxpayer subsidies, and diversifying its revenue streams (think trafficking human body parts).
But behind the curtain of pro-life politics are newborn Americans. Some are in the arms of scared but brave mothers who were told they didn’t have what it takes to love their children. Others are in the arms of scared but brave adoptive mothers who volunteered to love someone else’s child as their own. All of them managed to avoid the Big Abortion machine. There, they would have become one of more than 600,000 babies each year who never find their way into someone’s arms.
There is no “Big Pro-life.” It doesn’t exist.
In fact, the pro-life movement is the opposite of an industry. Industries are hungry for profit. The pro-life movement actually advocates for Americans to choose the far more costly option of birthing and raising a child.
Pro-life work is rawly humanitarian. It is often thankless and politically risky, more likely to result in a net financial loss than a gain. Pro-life advocates rarely meet the babies they help save. Their motivation is their conviction that all persons are created equal and deserving of the right to life. As with all great human rights movements, that is more than enough.
And perhaps that’s why Democratic leaders are begging for your vote in 2022. They have everything to lose and nothing to gain in supporting the right to life. Abortion masquerades as a social issue, but it’s money-driven Politics 101 at its finest.
The big, profit-driven industry cozies up to its political allies and hires lobbyists to keep them happy. Those lobbyists are rewarded for every year they maintain the industry’s government “contracts” on top of direct-to-market dealings. And just to ensure continued goodwill, the bloated industry drops some of its cash into the politicians’ campaigns.
Meanwhile, no pro-life industry means no money. The pro-life politician doesn’t receive a dime from the children and mothers she saves. Adoptive families don’t give kickbacks. Pregnancy resource centers—busier than ever providing mentoring, diapers, baby clothes and much more—don’t have the budgets or desire to become a political force.
To Big Abortion, the death of a child is worth as much as $750. To pro-lifers, the life of a child is priceless.
When money is involved, the picture quickly becomes clearer and more self-interested. That’s why President Biden made his desperate pitch to voters: vote for my party and we’ll give you the last 50 years of Roe abortion policy plus today’s abortion extremism. That’s why the President’s Administration officials are competing to see which policy can get the “attaboy” from Big Abortion fastest: free abortion travel from the Pentagon, abortions in public schools, abortions at Veterans Affairs facilities. Stay tuned for an announcement from the White House that it will be converting the West Wing into a surgical abortion facility with an abortion pill vending machine in the lobby.
It doesn’t matter that the vast majority of Americans disagree with late-term, on-demand, taxpayer-funded abortion. When Big Abortion pulls the strings, their puppets move into action.
This election, American voters will hear hollow words about a “woman’s right to choose” and that “abortion is healthcare.” When they do, they should stop and listen.
In abortion politics, money talks. And it’s a lot louder than the newborn cries that will never be heard.
Voting for life and for families,
Sr. Vice President, Strategy
P.S. If you need to find your polling place, need a pro-family voter guide for your state, or if you haven’t yet taken the only straw poll for social conservatives (Hurry—it closes at midnight!), visit our Election 2022 one-stop-shop to get the resources you need!
Macy Petty stood outside the Supreme Court, awaiting news of its decision. The announcement came: Roe v. Wade had been overturned. Macy fell to the ground in tears of joy.
Then, California Democrats – and Hillary Clinton – used her image to promote their radical pro-abortion agenda, calling her tears “sad.”
It’s part of a bigger trend this year. We are well into the 2022 election season, and you’ve probably seen countless abortion-themed ads from the Left.
With less than a week to go till Election Day, it’s time to answer the question: why is the Left so obsessed with abortion?
Join us TODAY to get the answer. Hear from Family Policy Alliance’s Craig DeRoche and Autumn Leva as they discuss what YOU need to know about this election. Plus, watch a special guest appearance from Macy Petty as she shares her compelling story.
Democrats are Campaigning on Abortion in 2022 – Here’s Why
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Thursday, November 3, 2022
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This election, the future of unborn children is on the ballot. Join us to find out why and learn what you can do to help!
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For the first time ever, voters in Kentucky have the opportunity to directly affirm the sanctity of life when they cast their ballots in the current election.
Our allies in The Family Foundation have provided the information below, and we wanted to forward it to you.
The Family Policy Alliance Team
Dear Friend,“Yes for Life” constitutional amendment, Amendment #2, will appear at the very end of every Kentucky ballot and simply says this: “Are you in favor of amending the Constitution of Kentucky by creating a new Section of the Constitution to be numbered Section 26A to state as follows: To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion?” If Amendment #2 is to pass, we need the support of the Body of Christ in Kentucky. We need Christians to vote “Yes for Life” and encourage their family, church, and community to join them. I’m excited to share a new video we have produced to encourage Kentucky churches, and all pro-life Kentuckians, to honor God with their vote on Nov. 8 and help ensure the passage of Amendment #2On Election Day, Nov. 8th, Kentuckians—for the first time ever—will have the opportunity to directly vote to protect the sanctity of vulnerable human life and safeguard our tax dollars from paying for the horrors of abortion. The
Thank you for joining with us to ensure that Kentucky can lead our nation in restoring a culture of life that honors God and protects all His image bearers.
Faithfully, in Christ,
The Family Foundation
As you know, we are very quickly approaching yet another national election. The problems and trials affecting our nation weigh heavy on our hearts and minds as we approach this important time of decision.
If you have been reading Family Policy Alliance’s email messages, you know that woke DC policies affect nearly every aspect of our lives and those of our children as well.
We at Family Policy Foundation invite you to join us in prayer as we enter the final stretch of the 2022 election. Many godly men and women are seeking office at all levels of government across the nation, and they need our prayers—as does our country.
While we all know politics is not the answer and no politician can fix what is really wrong in this world, we need to seek God’s favor in these important decisions that will impact our nation for years.
We also remember that we have the blessing to live in a nation where we can still cast ballots, share our beliefs and take action that seeks the good of the city and the welfare of the nation. Our freedoms are truly praiseworthy and not to be taken for granted.
Please join us in prayer for the following:
- That godly men and women would be elected to serve in a multitude of positions across the nation and that their leadership would honor God.
- That God would help to heal our nation from the scars left by abortion, child abuse, fatherlessness and a culture intent upon destroying children.
- That we would remain thankful for the freedoms we have and that we would persist in shining our light in a world that desperately needs it, not just in politics or government.
- That God would protect all elected officials and bestow on them the knowledge they need to lead and act in ways that honor Him.
- Finally, may God bless America – that we can continue to stand for the freedom to live, worship and raise our families in ways that honor Him, and which are also a beacon of hope to the rest of the world.
Thank you for praying with us. For more information and to receive prayer updates throughout the year please visit Under God, One Nation.
Director of Audience Engagement
Your family is the only thing standing in the way of Woke DC’s takeover of America.
The midterm election is now two weeks away. Has your family put together an action plan for the 2022 election? Do you know how you’ll vote on the races on your ballot?
We’d love to share our helpful resources with you!
Check out our Election 2022 headquarters, complete with an Election Action Plan for Families.
Election Action Plan for Families
PLAN YOUR VOTE
Make sure you’re registered to vote and know
where & when you’ll vote. Go to Voter Tools
Find out where the candidates on your ballot stand on the issues. Go to voter resources US map and click on your state. These include voter guides for your state produced by the alliance of state family policy councils we host.
Be sure to have your state’s voter guide handy when you fill out your ballot!
Share with your children and friends about the importance of voting. Also be sure to take our exclusive straw poll where you can share your view on who should be the next president. (The poll closes on Election Eve, so plan to participate by then!)
Pray for your leaders and the outcome of the election! You can sign up to join our prayer list and see what we have been praying about over the past two years HERE.
Woke DC needs your money to fund their bloated bureaucracy. They need your daughters to become sons. They need your children—if they can’t convince you to abort them—to bow to the idol they’ve made of the LGBT agenda. And they need your vote to stay in power. Don’t give it to them.
Casting our light—and my vote—with you,
Senior Vice President, Strategy
As Christians, we are called to let our light shine in an increasingly dark culture. One of the easiest ways we can do that is to engage in every election, selecting Godly men and women to represent us at all levels of government. Godly leaders won’t be perfect, but they will be more likely to pass policies that will be good for everyone, people of faith and otherwise.
Far too many Christians fail to vote every year and many churches don’t have the time or resources to set up registration drives.
To make all that easier, we have designated October as Voter Registration Month and we are offering a set of FREE and convenient voter tools to help you and your church not only register voters but also make it easier to vote in the upcoming election!
We have created a One-Stop-Shop for all things related to voting in the November election.
- Find out whether you are registered/check your registration status
- Register to vote
- Apply for an advance ballot
- Learn how to vote early
- Find contact information for your local election officials
Click HERE to try it now.
Once you have checked on your own registration, we encourage you to take this resource to your church.
Please consider sharing it there and even holding a voter registration drive before your state registration deadline passes — and those are coming soon — some as soon as Sunday, October 9th. (You will need to check on your state’s registration deadline date, but you can use the map below to learn more about what week in October your state registration deadline occurs.)
Here’s what you need to know to get started:
1. 25 million Christians didn’t vote in the last presidential election – and an estimated 15 million aren’t even registered.
As Christians, we are called to be engaged in our communities for their good (Jeremiah 29:7) and to fulfill our civic obligations (Romans 13). Voting is a way we can live out both of those Biblical commands!
Sadly, millions of Christian Americans aren’t registered to vote – so it’s no wonder that atheists are the most politically active “religious” group in our country. How can you help change this trend? Help members of your church get registered by hosting a voter registration event between now and your state deadline!
To make it easy, we’ve designated October as Voter Registration Month. Check the map below because some registration deadlines might be as early as October 9th. (Below we indicate what week in October each state deadline occurs – be sure to find out the exact date your state cuts off voter registration.)
Even if users are registered, they can use our voter tools to explore convenient options for early voting or voting by mail (absentee and advance voting).
2. Hosting a voter registration event at your church is an easy, legal, and biblical way to ensure your church members are registered to vote in time for the election!
Voter registration events are simple when you use our short, downloadable guide.
As you consider how to ask your church leadership about hosting the registration, here are a few things you might share with them:
- Voting – and voter registration – are biblical! (see #1 above)
- Voter registration is legal! The IRS allows your church to host a non-partisan voter registration. More details in our downloadable guide.
- It can be as direct or passive as your leadership is comfortable with (though the more direct, the better the outcomes). Find tips our downloadable guide.
3. It’s easy.
This year, we’re offering multiple free and easy-to-use tools to set up your voter registration event.
First, if you need to register to vote, check your registration status, or request an absentee ballot, visit our one-stop-shop at https://familypolicyfoundation.com/vote. Share the link with friends, and of course church members at your voter registration event!
Next, to help make your voter registration event as smooth as possible, we’ve created a step-by-step guide complete with the “why” and the “how” from beginning to end.
You can even make use of our custom QR code to help people directly start the registration process right away! All the details are in our guide.
This election, it’s critical that Christians show up to the polls to elect leaders who will “seek the welfare of the city” (and the nation!). Will you help us make sure they are ready to do that?
Director of Audience Engagement