by Steven Ertelt
March 29, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life women’s group is ready to take on the heavily funded pro-abortion organizations again after beating them in the 2004 election cycle. The Susan B. Anthony List has released its first round of Congressional endorsements and will kick off the campaign with a dinner gala tonight on Capitol Hill.
Despite being vastly outspent by pro-abortion groups last time around, the SBA List backed more winning candidates than EMILY’s List or Planned Parenthood.
Some eighty percent of the candidates the SBA List endorsed last election cycle won.
"We have every intention of using the 2006 elections to increase the number of pro-life seats in Congress and the number of pro-life women in politics," said SBA List Candidate Fund president Marjorie Dannenfelser.
"In addition to financially backing these candidates, we’ll be running independent expenditure campaigns to mobilize pro-life women voters in several states including Pennsylvania, Florida and Minnesota," she added.
SBA List is supporting twelve pro-life women in Congress that it has helped elected over the last 12 years. They include some women with safe seats such as North Carolina Rep. Sue Myrick, Rep. Melissa Hart of Pennsylvania and Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Others like Rep. Jean Schmidt in Ohio and Rep. Anne Northup in Kentucky have faced stiff challenges.
SBA List is also backing Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker-Knoll in Pennsylvania and open sat Congressional candidates Sharron Angle in Nevada and Michele Bachmann in Minnesota.
Never one to back down from a challenge, the SBA List has sometimes endorsed pro-life men facing tough races against women receiving the backing of the nation’s leading pro-abortion groups.
Dick DeVos, a pro-life Republican candidate taking on pro-abortion Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, and Peter Roskam, who is running for the seat vacated by the retiring Henry Hyde, will have the SBA List’s support.
Rep. Jim Ryun in Kansas also enjoys the group’s backing.
Through its members, Emily’s List donated $11 million to pro-abortion candidates in 2004 and raised more than $30 million to fund its own grassroots activities.
But the pro-abortion money didn’t necessarily transfer into success.
Emily’s List managed to elect only 39% of the candidates it supported in 2004 despite outspending the SBA List by an 8.5 to 1 margin.
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."
Related web sites:
Susan B. Anthony List – https://www.sba-list.org