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Lauinger hopes that some of the current crop of pro-life state lawmakers will one day lead the pro-life charge in Washington. Legislative victories in states like Oklahoma offer a hopeful sign that many pro-life state lawmakers are shrugging off last year’s report on the 2012 elections in which Republican Party establishment figures suggested the party scale back its social agenda. Crain says he “read about it once and never thought or spoke about it again.”

Crain and others are proof pro-lifers are wining the battle to get lawmakers who want to act on pro-life issues rather than just pay lip service to them during the campaign season. But those attitudes still exist. John Andrist, a North Dakota Republican who has served in the state legislature for more than two decades, described himself as “moderately pro-life” during an interview with the Associated Press last year.

“I’m from the group who hates voting on abortion issues and who don’t like to play God,” he added. 

That’s why Lauinger knows that ending abortion altogether remains a tough road. Pro-life groups, he said, will always have to fight the culture of the sexual revolution, where the value of an unborn child bumps up against the modern notion of sex without consequences. Now 69, Lauinger said during his long fight he’s always tried to keep one focus: making sure the baby is not lost in the debate. This, he said, forces people to realize that abortion is not an abstract question. That’s what moved him as a new father 41 years ago.

“The killing of one human being to solve the problems of another human being should be unacceptable in a civil society,” he says.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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