by Steven Ertelt
July 27, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The leading pro-abortion political action group has raised large sums of money in 2005, but pro-life advocates say it’s past results don’t guarantee future success.
Outpacing most political groups, Emily’s List continues to raise millions, building on the $45 million the group amassed during the 2004 presidential elections.
However, Carol Tobias, political director for the National Right to Life Committee, tells Family News in Focus that Emily’s List has a dismal track record of electing pro-abortion candidates.
“Even though Emily’s List has been able to raise a lot of money, they have not been nearly as successful as they would like to be and they have not been as successful as the pro-life movement in electing candidates," Tobias said.
In fact, Emily’s List managed to elect only 39% of the candidates it supported, despite outspending its pro-life counterpart, the Susan B. Anthony List, by an 8.5 to 1 margin. Some eighty percent of the candidates the SBA List endorsed last election cycle won.
"They won only one out of five senate races last election and they won only five out of 14 house seats and that year was a better year than the previous year for them," Concerned Women for America’s Michael Bowman told FNIF.
The money represented the largest total for the group and put them at the top of all political action committees in 2004, but 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.
SBA List candidates defeated six candidates endorsed by Emily’s List, 15 who had the backing of Planned Parenthood, five who had support from NARAL, 11 who were supported by NOW’s PAC and 11 who received endorsements from the Women’s Candidate Fund.
"Our success rate shows that the pro-life issue is a winning issue," SBA List director Jennifer Bingham told LifeNews.com.
"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."
Emily’s List wasn’t the only pro-abortion political action committee to fare poorly.
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.
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.
With two new pro-life women elected to the House of Representatives after he 2004 elections, 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.