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Lila Rose confident US ‘will be trending for life’ despite Kansas setback: We ‘have the truth on our side’

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Live Action founder and president Lila Rose spoke exclusively to Fox News Digital on Tuesday as Kansas residents voted not only on the main U.S. Senate nominees and gubernatorial election, but on an amendment that would confirm that the state’s constitution does not enshrine access to abortion.

The Value Them Both change was a target of scrutiny by the pro-choice camp and a cause for optimism among pro-life Americans and groups like Live Action — a nonprofit dedicated to ending abortion and building a culture of life prescribed.

Following the results, Rose told Fox News Digital: “Every human being deserves the right to life, and human life begins at the moment of fertilization. Our law will not be just until it reflects that reality.”

“The media and the abortion industry have worked overtime for months spreading lies and disinformation in Kansas and spent millions trying to influence the vote,” she continued. “This result in Kansas is disappointing, but the pro-life movement will still win because we have the truth on our side and we will work tirelessly until abortion is both illegal and unthinkable.”

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Lila Rose supports Kansas'

Lila Rose supports Kansas’ “Love Them Both” referendum
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“[A]”At the end of the day there is no right to kill – there is a right to live,” Rose said earlier in the day. “And what this change does … is simply to assert that there is a right to protect children in the state and that the legislature can legislate to protect children and regulate abortion.”

“Value Them Both” is just the latest in a national trend towards more support for the sanctity of life, she said.

The Dobbs v. Jackson decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Mississippi’s contention that states have the right to regulate abortion, allowed Kansas’ suit. Rose said every state should now legislate toward “the full legal protections that every child deserves.”

In response to countermeasures in states like New York, where Gov. Kathy Hochul declared the state a “safe haven” for those who want abortions, Rose suggested that if voters recognized the “extremism” of abortion politicians, they would reject them .

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Live Action's Lila Rose at the California March for Life

Live Action’s Lila Rose at the California March for Life
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“It really boils down to an information battle,” she said. “And as we’ve seen in Kansas, the abortion side is out there with millions spreading disinformation online and using frantic abortion media to spread disinformation.”

“So if we can educate people about what these laws are actually doing to protect children and about the humanity of the child and the risks of abortion, I think many voters will reject the left’s extreme abortion policies.”

The abortion issue has been at the center of several GOP gubernatorial primaries across the country, with staunch pro-life candidates Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania, Dan Cox in Maryland and Tudor Dixon in Michigan winning their respective contests.

Without speaking to any particular race, Rose downplayed claims that firmly pro-life candidates on the general election ballot would have the reverse effect of encouraging pro-choice voters to come out and support Democratic challengers .

“I think there’s also a very active pro-life movement that will vote and reject abortion candidates,” she said.

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Pictured is Lila Rose from Live Action

Pictured is Lila Rose from Live Action
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“It’s motivating on the pro-life side,” she continued, adding that many pro-life candidates have attractive economic platforms accompanying this issue, suggesting they have one thing for inflation-weary voters on all sides have greater attraction than not.

“I think the combination of abortion extremism that they’re trying to use – like Gavin Newsom [in California] – his economic policies are just terrible… but he is using abortion and his anti-abortion extremism as a kind of sweepstakes. I don’t think it will work out for him in the long term.”

Rose was also responding to the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Idaho over its own statewide legislation restricting abortion.

Gem State law prohibits abortion except in cases of rape or incest, and Attorney General Merrick Garland argued Tuesday it violates the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, which requires doctors to provide stabilizing treatment.

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Pro-life activists react to Supreme Court decision overruling Roe vs. Wade.

Pro-life activists react to Supreme Court decision overruling Roe vs. Wade.
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Garland balked when pressured by Fox News correspondent David Spunt, denying the lawsuit “skirts around the Supreme Court.”

Speaking to Fox News Digital, Rose said the Justice Department’s argument was unfounded.

“What the Supreme Court did when hearing Roe v. Wade overruled was [what] You could call it a compromise between the abortion side and the life protection side — it wasn’t full justice,” she said.

“So it’s ridiculous for the DOJ to suggest in any way that states can’t have legal protections for children like Idaho, which is exactly what the Supreme Court just ruled.” And they won’t get very far with it. This is political posturing by the Justice Department to appease the most extreme pro-abortion rank and file, who is a very small minority in this country.”

“Most Americans want abortion restrictions. Half America identifies as pro-life. So I don’t think that will win any brownie points for it [Biden] management for the long term.”

“Overall, I think the country is trending for life,” she said. “It moves towards life in its two laws and I think in the hearts and minds of many people.”

Fox News’ Paul Best and Sydney Shea contributed to this report.

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