Pro-Life Women’s Group More Successful in Elections Than Abortion Advocates

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 5, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 5, 2004

Washington, DC ( — Once again, a leading women’s group that works to elect pro-life candidates to office outperformed its top pro-abortion rival on election day. Some eighty percent of the candidates the Susan B. Anthony List endorsed this election cycle won.

"Our success rate shows that the pro-life issue is a winning issue," SBA List director Jennifer Bingham told

"Despite the unprecedented millions spent by pro-abortion groups this election cycle to try and take back the Senate and President Bush, they lost over and over again," Bingham added. "Americans stand with us and women stand with us wanting abortion restricted in this country."

With two new pro-life women elected to the House of Representatives, that brings the total number of pro-life women there to thirteen. Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) is the sole pro-life woman in the Senate.

SBA List’s top rival, Emily’s List, managed to elect only 39% of the candidates it supported, despite outspending the pro-life organization by an 8.5 to 1 margin.

Emily’s List raised over $45 million, the largest total ever for the pro-abortion political group. However, candidates such as Inez Tenenbaum and Betty Castor, who lost Senate races in North Carolina and Florida, couldn’t convert the infusion of campaign cash into victories.

Comparatively, 75 percent of NARAL-endorsed candidates won, though the group was aided by the easy re-election efforts of more than fifty candidates. Some 72 percent of candidates with Planned Parenthood’s backing won, but the group was also aided by supporting over 130 incumbents. SBA List backed just 22 incumbent candidates.

WISH List, a pro-abortion PAC for Republican women, lost every race in which it helped a challenger or a candidate in an open seat and only 46 percent of the candidates endorsed by the pro-abortion Women’s Campaign Fund won.

"The SBA List Candidate Fund won a higher percentage of open seats than any of the pro-abortion groups," Bingham said. All of the incumbents backed by the pro-life group were re-elected except one.

SBA List candidates defeated six candidates endorsed by Emily’s List, 15 who had the backing of Planned Parenthood, five who has support from NARAL, 11 who were supported by NOW’s PAC and 11 who received endorsements from the Women’s Candidate Fund.

The group, named for pro-life women’s suffragist leader, conducted extensive polling among women voters and found that a significant percentage were moved to vote for pro-life candidates because of the issue of abortion.

A ban on partial-birth abortion and allowing parents to be notified when their teenager daughter is considering an abortion were particularly motivating factors for women.

"The common political thinking in the past was that if women vote Democrats win," Bingham said. "However, this cycle more women turned out and Bush won."

SBA List sent out over 800,000 pieces of election literature and made two million get out the vote phone calls in various races. The calls featured messages from Senator Dole, Dr. James Dobson and Jane Abraham, wife of Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.

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