Georgia's famous slogan, “Georgia On My Mind” has never been truer with political control of the United States Senate now hanging on the results of two close runoff races. Shockingly, more than $450 million has been spent on advertisements and voter turnout efforts, making these two Senate contests the two most expensive Senate races in history.
Control of these two Senate seats is crucial for the pro-life movement because a Republican victory would deny pro-abortion Democrats full control of Congress. A Republican Senate could stop Democrats from repealing the Hyde Amendment that prevents taxpayer money from being used to fund abortion, codifying Roe v. Wade into statutory law, expanding the size of the Supreme Court and passing many other pro-abortion policies.
That is why SBA List's partner group Women Speak Out PAC has launched a $4.1 million multi-channel campaign to turn out pro-life voters. We have our highly trained team going to the doors of 750,000 persuadable voters while also targeting 100,000 pro-life Hispanic voters with Spanish-speaking ads. We believe these efforts will be critical in convincing Georgians to support the pro-life movement by voting for Sens. Loeffler and Perdue.
One of our canvassers, Janjijah Sharpe, met a woman who was planning to vote for the Democrat candidates, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, but didn't know about their extreme stances on abortion. Janjijah not only persuaded this woman to vote for Sens. Perdue and Loeffler, but convinced her to tell all her friends and family not to vote for the pro-abortion candidates.
These stories are the driving force of our campaign. We want to cut through the clutter of hundreds of millions of spending in TV ads and speak directly to voters. Having a two-way conversation allows us to engage with Georgians on the issues they care about and explain this election's importance.
We couldn't do this without our hundreds of canvassers, who have already visited over 710,000 doors over the last few weeks. As we head into the final stretch, we are well on our way to reach our goal of 750,000 doors knocked.
Every week we receive a detailed report about our efforts in Georgia. Our favorite part is called "Stories from the Field," where our canvassers tell us about significant moments from their week talking to voters. It is great to see our overall numbers climb but hearing anecdotes from our team gives us the hope and excitement we need to finish strong. A few examples show what we see daily in Georgia.
In many cases, voters didn't know about the runoffs before speaking to us – despite the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent. We encounter many pro-life voters who are eager to vote after learning about the races and who want to put up yard signs and distribute materials.
Our canvassers often persuade nonpolitical people to vote for the incumbent senators by sharing the facts about abortion. Rachel Moore met a man who told her he was sick of politics and didn't want anyone telling him how to vote. Rachel didn't argue with the man. She instead said, "I am so sorry that this has been so upsetting. It has been crazy, but I am here to stop the crazy. It is crucial we build a firewall against these extreme policies and politicians with radical views on what is right regarding abortion. I am not here to personally attack anyone, but these policies are not okay."
He told Rachel that she was right and he would vote for Sens. Perdue and Loeffler because of her advocacy for the unborn.
Sometimes more than anything, we receive affirmation that we are fighting the good fight. One of our team spoke with a Christian woman who shared how years ago, she and her husband were pregnant and decided to have an abortion. The night before her appointment, this woman prayed to God, and both she and her husband chose the next morning to keep their baby. She is excited to vote for pro-life candidates, and her story is an inspiration to us.
Our efforts are bearing fruit, as we are persuading people to reject abortion radicalism and instead vote for life on January 5. We are finding success not by inundating voters with information but by speaking to them face-to-face and explaining how this election will decide the fate of millions of unborn babies.
Mallory Quigley is the Vice President of Communications at the national pro-life group The Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List).