Pro-Life Women’s Group Announces Early 2008 Candidate Endorsements

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 22, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 22,

Washington, DC ( — A leading pro-life group dedicated to building the number of pro-life women in Congress has announced its early 2008 candidate endorsements. The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund has a history of outperforming its pro-abortion counterpart Emily’s List despite a significant funding disadvantage.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the group, told that her organization "is proud to endorse these dedicated pro-life leaders who need our support more than ever to represent all Americans, born and unborn, in the halls of Congress.”

While SBA endorses as many pro-life women as possible, the group also works to defeat pro-abortion women Emily’s List supports.

One of the first faces of the political season comes in Ohio where pro-life candidate Robert Latta faces pro-abortion candidate Robin Weirlauch in the Fifth Congressional District.

Latta has a 100% voting record with Ohio Right to Life and, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Bob helped pass Ohio’s ban on partial birth abortion. He is running to replace Rep. Paul Gillmor, who died unexpectedly.

A general election will be held on December 11 for the seat and Latta is considered the favorite in the race.

SBA List has also endorsed a handful of incumbent pro-life members of Congress, including Reps. Sue Myrick of North Carolina, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, and Jean Schmidt of Ohio.

The group is also backing Melissa Hart, who lost her bid for re-election to her western Pennsylvania congressional seat in 2006 and Jim Ryun, who is running for his old seat in Kansas.

The endorsed candidates face early challenges in the 2008 cycle. Schmidt will confront a primary challenge in March of next year and Hart and Ryun expect to engage in competitive primary races in April and August, respectively, as they seek to regain their seats in Congress.

Dannenfelser told that pro-life advocates need to open their pocketbooks now to begin helping these pro-life candidates.

“Susan B. Anthony List members are eager to support dedicated pro-life heroes when they need it most — right now,” she said.

“The consequences of disengagement are dire. The lives of women and their unborn babies are on the line, and the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund is ready to defend them at the ballot box," Dannenfelser added.

Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund endorsements are posted on the newly launched website,, which allows Susan B. Anthony List members to bundle contributions for endorsed candidates.

The group will continue to consider pro-life congressional and statewide candidates for endorsement throughout 2008.