Pro-Life Political Leader Optimistic About November Congressional Election

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 11, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 11
, 2006

Washington, DC ( — Pro-life advocates across the country are gravely concerned about the current political climate and are worried that it will lead to a takeover of Congress by abortion advocates. But one pro-life political leader says she’s more optimistic than most.

Marjorie Dannenfelser heads up the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization dedicated to helping increase the number of pro-life women in the House and Senate.

The group has 140,000 members and is concentrating on top races in states like Colorado, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania that feature pro-abortion and pro-life candidates vying for the same seats in Congress.

IN an interview with the Wall St. Journal, Dannenfelser says she won’t prognosticate on election results next month but noted she is optimistic because she believes a large number of pro-life voters nationwide can stem the pro-abortion tide if they can be motivated to turn out and vote.

She indicated the SBA List is relying on the "casual voter" as the key to that strategy.

Her organization has identified a large group of pro-life voters that simply don’t turn out to vote on a regular basis. In Missouri, for example, she told the Journal that group comprises 200,000 of the registered voters in the state.

If her group and others can convince those voters to show up on election day, she thinks pro-life Sen. Jim Talent will be able to ward off a fierce challenge from abortion advocate Claire McCaskill.

Dannenfelser told the Wall St. Journal that her group’s efforts have become more difficult int he wake of the scandal of Mark Foley, a pro-abortion Republican under fire for his involvement with a Congressional page.

Ultimately, though, she told the newspaper she doesn’t think voters will punish pro-life lawmakers for Foley’s personal problems.

"Just because Foley is a miscreant doesn’t detract from the character of pro-life candidates we’ve helped elect," she told the Journal.

Time will tell whether pro-life lawmakers will retain their control of Congress or if NARAL, Planned Parenthood and their supporters will head up the agenda on Capitol Hill for the next two years.

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