When the 117th Congress convenes Jan. 3, it will include a record number of pro-life women serving in the House of Representatives—more than doubling the number of female representatives in that chamber who uphold the sanctity of human life.
Ten of the 18 new pro-life women flipped seats in congressional districts previously held by pro-abortion Democrats. And in the U.S. Senate, six pro-life women were elected, including three incumbents. If Sen. Kelly Loffler (R-Georgia) wins her runoff election Jan. 5, a Republican Senate majority will be secured with its seventh pro-life female senator.
All 11 pro-life female incumbents won reelection to the U.S. House, giving the chamber an unprecedented 29 female representatives committed to defending life in the womb and fighting for the voiceless.
“A record 29 pro-life women will serve in the House of Representatives in the next Congress: continued proof that life is winning in America,” states Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, in a press release by the national pro-life group. “These pro-life champions will serve as a brick wall against the radical pro-abortion agenda of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and pro-abortion Democrats dead set on taking out even modest protections for pro-life Americans such as the Hyde Amendment and similar legacy riders.
“The exponential growth of pro-life women in the House is reflective of the fact that life has gone from being viewed as a political problem to a winning issue,” Dannenfelser adds. “These women have already done important work to expose the extremism of their radical pro-abortion opponents, and we look forward to working alongside them to defend lifesaving law and policy in Congress.”
Meanwhile, New York’s 22nd Congressional District election results are being contested in Oswego County Supreme Court. Pro-life Republican candidate Claudia Tenney held a 29-vote lead over the Democrat incumbent with several hundred outstanding disputed absentee or affidavit ballots.
“I remember when there was just a small handful of pro-life women in the House and none in the Senate,” Dannenfelser says. “Over the years, Susan B. Anthony List has worked tirelessly to fix this severe underrepresentation and counter the well-funded abortion lobby. This is breathtaking progress, something that Republican insiders and even some staunch pro-lifers doubted could be done.”
Profiles of the newly elected pro-life congresswomen reflect ethnic and professional diversity in districts from the East Coast to the West Coast and north to south.
Kat Cammack, 32, is the youngest GOP woman in history to be elected to Congress. In a campaign video for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District, Cammack recounts how doctors and her grandmother advised her mother to abort her second pregnancy with Kat after suffering a stroke during her first pregnancy. “When given the choice, my mom chose life, and that’s why I’m pro-life,” Cammack declares in the video.
Nancy Mace became the first female graduate of The Citadel in 1999. The 42-year-old single mother of two defeated a pro-abortion Democrat incumbent to become the first Republican elected to represent South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.
Yvette Herrell is the first Republican female of the Cherokee Nation elected to Congress. She defeated New Mexico’s 2nd District Democrat incumbent, who supported late-term abortion.
In California, Republicans Young Kim and Michelle Steel, both first-generation Korean-American immigrants, defeated Democrat incumbents in Districts 39 and 48 respectively.
And in New York’s 11th Congressional District, the only Hispanic elected official in New York City and a former state assemblywoman, Nicole Malliotakis, defeated a Democrat incumbent.
Pro-life female candidates also flipped congressional districts in Oklahoma, Florida, Iowa and Minnesota, all previously held by Democrats.
Stephanie Bice, a fourth-generation Oklahoman, is also the first Iranian American ever elected to Congress. Bice defeated a pro-choice incumbent to represent Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District.
And in Florida’s 27th Congressional District—including Miami Beach, Little Havana and portions of Miami-Dade County—Maria Salazar, a Cuban American journalist and television broadcaster, unseated pro-abortion incumbent Donna Shalala, former secretary of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration.
Voters in Iowa’s 1st and 2nd congressional districts elected Republicans Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks respectively. Hinson, an award-winning journalist and mother of two, defeated Democrat incumbent Abby Finkenauer, who refused to support the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Such legislation aimed to ensure that a baby born alive during a failed abortion receives life-sustaining medical care is currently being denied a vote on the House floor by Speaker Pelosi. Miller-Meeks’ election flips another House seat previously held by a Democrat who didn’t seek reelection.
Republican Michelle Fischbach, whose husband, Scott, heads up Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, unseated a 15-term Democrat incumbent in that state’s 7th District.
In Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District, Republican Diana Harshbarger, a pharmacist from Kingsport, won nearly 75% of the vote. In a campaign ad, Harshbarger says, “Jesus is Lord, and His light fills our lives, even through the chaos.”
And while the Democrat-led state legislature in Illinois has sanctioned taxpayer-funded abortion up until the moment of birth, Republican Mary Miller was elected to represent the state’s 15th Congressional District as a pro-life champion. The farmer, mother of seven children and grandmother of 17, says her family and faith in God inspired her to seek election to Congress.
Marjorie Taylor Greene was elected to represent Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. “Life starts at conception,” she says. “My goal is to end abortion in America. Killing a baby in the womb is the worst lie sold to women. And it doesn’t solve problems. Nor is it women’s health care.”
Indiana, Colorado, Michigan and Texas also elected pro-life women to Congress.
Dannenfelser says the pro-life wave in Congress shows that the pro-choice movement is losing ground in America. “The rise of pro-life women leaves me more convinced than ever that momentum is on our side and the battle to save unborn children and their mothers is one we can and will win,” she says. “It’s clear that no ‘mandate’ exists to enact deeply unpopular policies expanding abortion-on-demand through the moment of birth, paid for by taxpayers, as Biden and Harris have promised.”
Photo: Courtesy of Susan B. Anthony List