The election of Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) is resonating among pro-life activists assemebled on Capitol Hill on the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.
At an early morning prayer service hosted by the National Pro-Life Religious Council in the Capitol Visitor's Center, Rev. Bob Schenck of the organization Faith and Action declared Brown's upset win a victory for abortion opponents.
"Look what happened this week," exclaimed Schenck, to cheers of of a throng assembled in the Congressional Auditorium in the shadow of the Supreme Court.
Schenck noted that Brown's political views may not align 100 percent with the pro-life movement. But Schenk added "he does have a conscience. And boy, we're going to work on his conscience."
In particular, Schenck pointed out that Brown's election provides Republicans with a 41st vote in the Senate that can block the Democrats' health care reform bill.
"He has said no to a financial stimulus for the abortion trade on health care," said Schenck.Abortion was one of the most vexing issues for Democrats in the health care reform effort. In fact Congressional leaders carved out special language in both the House and Senate bills to build a firewall that banned federal dollars from being used to pay for abortions.
Otherwise, many anti-abortion Democrats wouldn't have voted for the bill.
Regardless, the abortion provisions did little to satisfy pro-life groups monitoring the legislation.
"No public servant in office who can't tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public should not be in office," said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests For Life.
Thousands of pro-life activists descend on Capitol Hill each year on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision to march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court.