Emily’s List Unveils Pro-Abortion Candidates for 2006, Have Huge Hill to Climb

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 21, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Emily’s List Unveils Pro-Abortion Candidates for 2006, Have Huge Hill to Climb

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 21, 2006

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The leading pro-abortion political group in the nation unveiled its roster of candidate for 2006 last week and paraded them in front of reporters at a Washington hotel in what was described as a political version of speed dating. The pro-abortion candidates have a huge hill to climb as their 2004 counterparts fared poorly at the ballot box.

At the luncheon, Emily’s List told reporters about this year’s slate of candidates — all women and all Democrats as usual.

The organization is fielding its largest group of candidates in its 21 years history — but that may be due to recent failures at the ballot box.

Through its members, the group donated $11 million to pro-abortion candidates in 2004 and raised more than $30 million to fund its own grassroots activities. But the money, which turned the group into the largest political donor that year, didn’t transfer into success.

Emily’s List managed to elect only 39% of the candidates it supported in 2004. The pro-abortion group outspent its pro-life counterpart, the Susan B. Anthony List, by an 8.5 to 1 margin, but 80 percent of the SBA-List endorsed candidates were winners.

However, candidates like New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid, who is running for a seat in Congress, are hoping that this year’s tenuous political climate will pave the way for greater success.

The Democratic Party is counting on Emily’s List to deliver the goods as it attempts to take control of Congress away from the Republicans. Of the 24 House seats held by the GOP that are considered competitive by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, Emily’s List candidates are featured in 11 of them.

Still, the group will need to pull out a new playbook for 2006 as the 2004 elections weren’t kind to abortion advocates.

"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 said about the group’s 2004 election results.

SBA List candidates defeated six candidates endorsed by Emily’s List during the last election cycle

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

Some of the pro-abortion candidate’s Emily’s List is backing this year include Peggy Lamm in Colorado, Maria Cantwell in Washington, Francine Busby in California, Lois Murphy in Pennsylvania, Amy Klobucher in Minnesota and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

Related web sites:
Susan B. Anthony List – https://www.sba-list.org