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Capitol Health Call
December 4, 2002

Abortion Opponents Win Seats

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JAMA. 2002;288(21):2677. doi:10.1001/jama.288.21.2677-JCH20002-3-1

Abortion opponents won 61 of 82 close House and Senate races in which abortion politics played a role, according to the National Right to Life Committee (NRL), an umbrella organization for 3000 local antiabortion groups. And of the five most hotly contested races in the Senate, candidates known for antiabortion views won three: Georgia, Missouri, and Minnesota. Those results tip Congress to an antiabortion majority, said David O'Steen, PhD, the NRL's executive director, at a press conference in Washington. "Of course we're delighted with the outcome," he said. "People who indicate that abortion matters tend to vote pro-life. We've seen that election after election after election."

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