Who to vote for?
Election time is here again.
At the Buffalo Regional Right to Life Office, as well as at my own law office, I receive a large number of calls from folks asking “who is prolife?” “who can I vote for”?
Several years ago, the choice was a lot easier: New York State had a party strictly devoted to culling candidates who are pro-life from those that support abortion.
Now, please scroll down to the bottom of this letter before you go further: consider the job it is to chase down all these candidates, and find out where they stand, if they will even tell you where they stand.
I was one of those who devoted ¾ of a year to establishing this amazing party in the most liberal state in the union, and it was no small task. But we had many hundreds, thousands even of people working state-wide committed to sacrifice for life. That was 1978.
I personally pushed a stroller down many streets, drafted the petitions needed to get the party’s candidates legally qualified on the ballot, then aided with the tumultuous legal battles we were beset with because of outrage of the abortion promoters and supporters.
The hard work paid off certainly in Western New York…..we had a 100% pro-life delegation to Congress, we showed the play-for-pay politicians that good people could accomplish a good effort…the tide was turning, and I have a very interesting story of how I got Ronald Reagan to call the Right to Life Party Convention because he really wanted our support………….
However, 2 gubernatorial elections ago, it was time us to get the usual 50,000 votes for a candidate for governor on our party line, which gave us automatic ballot status for another 4 years….by then, we were an established party, and so many took for granted the hard work it took to keep a political party going…..
That was the year 2002. We fell about 3,500 votes short of our goal, and the party fell into the state where every time it wanted a candidate on its line, it would have to get 5% of the registered voters in a district to sign for a candidate. That meant first, paying for the list of registered voters in the district. That was very costly. Then, it meant getting 5% of those voters to sign petitions, an endless, time consuming task requiring huge numbers of volunteers to go door to door in a short window of time, getting the signatures, checking them, doing the procedure to file them (purposely made difficult by those who run politics in the state), and then working for the election to follow.
Why didn’t we get the 50,000 votes statewide on the gubernatorial line? It was really a no-brainer for anyone who was really pro-life. We had pro-abortion Pataki and Carl McCall, both pro-abortion, and Tom Golisano on the Independence line, who called himself “pro-life”, but only a tiny bit. Read on.
That year, a well known preacher on a religious TV station gave a brilliant sermon on how every Christian and Catholic MUST vote for candidates who will work against abortion, it was great. BUT THEN he ended this sermon with the caveat, that well, if there was someone who was ‘kind of’ pro-life but had a chance to be elected”, well, vote that way.
Within days, an
8 ½ by 11 full color flyer with the most beautiful baby came by, flaunting
Tom Golisano as “the only pro-life candidate on the ballot”. HOW pro-life
was he? he was only opposed partial birth abortion, which amounts to