Former Trump spokeswoman: GOP must tackle life issues 'head on'

August 12, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

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The defeat in Ohio Tuesday of a ballot proposal that would have raised the threshold to pass an amendment to the state constitution from 50 percent to 60 percent sets the stage for a battle royal over abortion in the key Midwestern state that will be watched closely across the nation.

Issue One was soundly defeated, 57-43 percent, in the Aug. 8 special election, and turnout was high, especially for such an oddly timed election. Social conservatives sought the 60 percent vote threshold to ward off another proposed constitutional amendment, "The Right to Reproductive Freedom with Protections for Health and Safety," which has qualified to be on the ballot on Nov. 7.

If passed, that amendment would eviscerate Ohio's pro-life "heartbeat" law – passed in 2019 by the state legislature and signed into law by the state's Republican governor, Mike DeWine – that currently protects unborn babies whose heartbeat can be detected.

Pro-abortion-on-demand activists and "progressives" nationwide were exultant after their Issue One victory, further fueling Democrats' efforts to use abortion as a wedge issue to regain and expand power nationally and in various states, post-Dobbs.

The pro-life lobby group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA Pro-Life America) said in a statement: “It is a sad day for Ohio and a warning for pro-life states across the nation. ... Millions of dollars and liberal dark money flooded Ohio to ensure they have a path to buy their extreme policies in a pro-life state. Tragically, some sat on the sideline while outsider liberal groups poured millions into Ohio,” the Hill reported.

Christian conservative Kayleigh McEnany, former Trump press secretary and a Fox News co-host, said on the network Wednesday, "For Republicans, there is a way to win on this issue, but they need to get on offense."

The person interviewing McEnany on Fox, Dana Perino, was also once a White House spokeswoman for George W. Bush. Perino explained that with the Dobbs decision the Supreme Court said: "This is for the states to decide. And the states are deciding. But, there is federal [pro-life] legislation, and you have Republican candidates about to debate two weeks from today, and all of them have been, sort of, not really wanting to take on this issue.

"But this issue is going to take them on if they don't," Perino warned.

McEnany agreed and laid out three basic ways for Republicans to get off defense on the issue:

  1. "Talk about supporting mothers, pregnant women, vulnerable women, in some cases." She cited Sen. Marco Rubio's Unborn Child Support Act as an example.
  2. "Internal polling from the RNC has shown when you talk about this from a place of compassion, you win. We see that in Kansas, the legislature overrode three ballot initiatives because they put up a medical doctor who was a state legislator who talked about treating a baby in the ICU, who survived an abortion. Even Democrats joined them in overturning the veto."
  3. "Expose the extremism of Democrats. I'd love to see a presidential candidate look at Joe Biden and say, 'President Biden, when does a baby feel pain?' I don't think he could answer that question."

Ohio Republican Party was AWOL
One Ohio pro-life and pro-family leader says the Ohio Republican Party was nowhere to be found in the fight over Issue One.

"What many of us are wondering is, where was the Ohio Republican Party?" Linda Harvey, founder, and president of Mission America, told WND. "Their support was minimal at best."

Harvey said, "There are a lot of people fuming about the lack of support" from the state GOP, noting, "It wasn't just that we were under-funded compared to the other side."

The stakes are huge as conservatives fear "direct democracy" through plebiscites favors Democrats who can raise more big-city and out-of-state money than Republicans. National Review reports: "Conservatives warned that leaving the threshold at 50 percent plus one vote could cause Ohio to become a blueprint for progressive groups to circumvent the normal legislative process in states across the country."

Yes on One outgunned in ad buys
The Yes on Issue One side was woefully outgunned in media ads and yard signs by the No on One forces. The latter sought to portray the effort to get a 60 percent hurdle for constitutional amendments as undermining "one man, one vote" in Ohio – even though, as conservatives noted, it takes a 60 percent vote (or higher) to change the constitutions of the Ohio Democratic Party and other "progressive" organizations that actively opposed Issue One, including the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the League of Women Voters.

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