by Steven Ertelt
March 6, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s status as the only woman in the presidential race on either side of the political aisle, her campaign is working with a leading pro-abortion group to organize a network of women to support her White House bid.
Clinton is delivering a luncheon speech today to members of Emily’s List, the pro-abortion group that is the top political action committee in the country.
The multimillion dollar organization recently endorsed the former First Lady.
Clinton will work with Emily’s List to identify thousands of women who would become volunteers in her campaign hoping to capitalize on her status as the only woman seeking the presidency.
Representatives of Clinton’s campaign say it will rely on the Internet the develop the Women’s Leadership Network to promote her candidacy and organize fundraising events.
"When a woman has an important question, like who’s a good doctor, they’re more likely to talk to another woman," Ann Lewis, a senior adviser to Clinton, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about the new campaign.
"If we can get a discussion going among women about the campaign, and Hillary as a candidate, it would be hugely important," Lewis added.
The campaign will rely on social networking to gather volunteers and supporters.
"Business leaders tell us the strongest form of marketing is advocacy by a trusted friend," Lewis said.
The campaign will also feature prominent women in both advisory and ceremonial roles. They include tennis champion Billie Jean King, 1984 vice presidential nominee and former New York Senator Geraldine Ferraro, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Not all women will support the pro-abortion campaign for Clinton even though she’s the only woman running for president. That’s because polls show a majority of women, unlike Clinton, are pro-life.
A June 2003 poll conducted by the pro-abortion Center for the Advancement of Women found 51% of women took a pro-life position opposing most or all abortions while only 30 percent said it should be generally available.
A September 2003 survey conducted by the Polling Company found 54 percent of women selected one of three different pro-life views opposing all or almost all abortions. Only 39 percent backed abortion.