Top Pro-Abortion Group Stepping Up Primary Efforts for Hillary Clinton

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 1, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 1,

Washington, DC ( — A leading pro-abortion group is stepping up its primary election campaign efforts for Hillary Clinton and putting its financial and organizational backing in her corner. Emily’s List is known for its multimillion dollar operation but it will spend the next two months organizing abortion advocates on her behalf.

The organization, which is getting involved in the presidential elections for the first time, plans to contact as many as 100,000 women in Iowa to encourage them to back Clinton.

The group also plans to launch a new web site on November 19 targeting Democratic women in the state who do not normally participate in the caucus process. The goal is to encourage these pro-abortion women to promote Clinton in January at the localized campaign events and vote for her in the caucus.

Maren Hesla, who is directing the program, said Emily’s List will pour significant funds into heavy advertising for Clinton.

"It will be substantial and you won’t be able to escape it," she told AP.

Emily’s List has chosen to endorse Clinton even though she faces two strongly pro-abortion candidates in John Edwards and Barack Obama in the Democratic Party. The group only endorses women, which partly explains their endorsement of the New York senator.

Ramona Oliver, the group’s communication director, talked about why the group is backing Clinton.

”There are women out there who are supporting Obama or [John] Edwards, or a Republican candidate, who still get excited about the idea and think it would be a fabulous thing to have a woman president,” Oliver said.

"While the others center their attention on attacking her and narrowing her lead in the polls, Clinton concentrates on running against the GOP and undoing the damage of the Bush administration," the pro-abortion group adds.

"She has skillfully positioned herself as the only candidate already prepared to defeat the Republican nominee in the general election," Emily’s List says.