Pro-Life Group Wants to Discuss Abortion With GOP Prez Candidates

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 17, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Group Wants to Discuss Abortion With GOP Prez Candidates

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 17
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — A top pro-life organization that promotes candidates for elected office is hoping to sit down with several of the potential Republican candidates for the presidency and discuss the issue of abortion. The Susan B. Anthony List is hosting a breakfast discussion this weekend and has invited the leading contenders.

The breakfast will be a good way for the possible candidates to tell leading pro-life advocates where they really stand on abortion.

In a statement sent to, SBA said it has invited Senators John McCain of Arizona and Sam Brownback of Kansas, former Governors Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani and Rep. Duncan Hunter of California.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the group, says pro-life advocates are not looking past the next two years. Yet, with more candidates considering jumping in the presidential race, she says the pro-life community needs to get involved now.

“We have to establish up front that a presidential candidate’s stance on life will be a deciding factor for a large number of voters,” she told in the statement.

“And already you have EMILY’s List poised to get behind Sen. Hillary Clinton," Dannenfelser explained, so clearly those in the pro-abortion movement plan to make this a front and center issue.”

As previously reported, Emily List, a pro-abortion group that is the number one political action committee in the country, has said it will endorse Clinton once she declares her candidacy.

Dannenfelser said the breakfast will also feature pro-life members of Congress and a discussion of legislative strategy — which she says will mostly involve playing defense.

“As to the 110th Congress, we are expecting no net policy change over the next two years," she explained. "Now that Democrats control both houses of Congress, Democratic Party strategists must deal with how to soft pedal the abortion agenda."

"The reality is partisan politics will likely prevent the passage of common ground measures on the issue of abortion," she said, adding that a consensus on abortion would include promoting bills like a federal parental notice bill or the Child Custody Protection Act .

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