by Steven Ertelt
April 9, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life political group dedicated to election of pro-life women to Congress is kicking off its 2008 election efforts. The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund will hold an initial fundraising event this evening featuring some of the pro-life members of Congress the group has helped elect.
While pro-life advocates are intensely focused on the presidential election and wanting to prevent the White House from falling into pro-abortion hands, SBA officials hope they will also pay attention to the hot Congressional battles.
Currently, abortion advocates control both houses of Congress, which has prevented votes on several pro-life bills that would reduce abortions and put a ban on human cloning.
"Strengthening pro-life power in Congress this year is critical. Susan B. Anthony List members are ready to support the pro-life champions who will protect women and their unborn babies in the halls of Congress," SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews.com Wednesday.
Dannenfelser said battles for the Senate, in particular, should become a top priority for the pro-life movement because there is a potential just one more justice on the Supreme Court appointed by a pro-life president could result in overturning Roe v. Wade.
"We are only one vote away from overturning the Supreme Court’s pro-Roe majority," Dannenfelser said. "The importance of electing legislators who will support constitutionalist judicial nominees cannot be underestimated. Millions of lives are at stake."
Pro-life Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado, and Peter Roskam of Michigan plan to attend tonight’s event.
SBA is also supporting other representatives and candidates including Melissa Hart of Pennsylvania, Sydney Hay of Arizona, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Candice Miller of Michigan, Sue Myrick of North Carolina, Anne Northup of Kentucky, Steve Pearce of New Mexico, Ileana Ros- Lehtinen of Florida, Jim Ryun of Kansas, Shelley Sekula Gibbs of Texas, and Jean Schmidt of Ohio.
The group plans to fund other candidates throughout the 2008 election cycle.
The SBA List Candidate Fund supports pro-life female candidates, as well as some pro-life men facing pro-abortion women funded by groups like Emily’s List or NARAL to help keep the percentage of pro-life women members of Congress high.
The group has been successful in electing a higher percentage of candidates than its pro-abortion counterparts thanks in part to a voter mobilization program that reaches 1.4 million pro-life women voters.
The Susan B. Anthony List plans to invest over $6 million in its 2008 election efforts, but it has been consistently outspent by its pro-abortion adversaries.
However, that funding advantage hasn’t translated into pro-abortion victories.
The SBA List Candidate Fund won 59% of its federal campaigns in 2006. Seventeen of 29 SBA Candidate Fund-endorsed candidates were victorious.
By contrast, EMILYs List, the leading pro-abortion political action committee, won 43% of its federal races with 13 of 30 endorsed candidates prevailing on Election Day.
In 2004, through its members, Emily’s List donated $11 million to pro-abortion candidates in 2004 and raised more than $30 million to fund its own grassroots activities. But the money, which turned the group into the largest political donor that year, didn’t transfer into success.
Emily’s List managed to elect only 39% of the candidates it supported in 2004. The pro-abortion group outspent SBA by an 8.5 to 1 margin, but 80 percent of the SBA-List endorsed candidates were winners.
Since its founding, the Susan B. Anthony List has helped elect 75 pro-life candidates to the House, seven to the Senate, and seven to other statewide offices across the country.
Related web sites:
Susan B. Anthony List – https://www.sba-list.org