Pro-Abortion Group Emily’s List Names Top Seven Congressional Races

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 23, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Group Emily’s List Names Top Seven Congressional Races

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 23
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — The leading pro-abortion group Emily’s List sent out an email on Tuesday to its donors naming the top seven Congressional races for them to get involved with their donations. The races cover states across the country and some of the leading contests with a pro-life vs. pro-abortion contrast.

On the Senate side, Emily’s List touts pro-abortion New Hampshire candidate Jeanne Shaheen who is challenging pro-life Sen. John Sununu, called the most vulnerable incumbent by the Washington Post.

"Shaheen needs $10 million to defeat Sununu and the GOP attack machine," the pro-abortion activist group says.

Emily’s List is hoping to have a veto-proof pro-abortion Senate, especially if John McCain becomes the president and appoints Supreme Court nominees who would be open to the idea of reversing Roe v. Wade.

"Shaheen still maintains a lead in most surveys, but … we don’t want to wake up in mid-October to find this race tied and our goal of a 60-seat majority out of reach," the group says.

In North Carolina, pro-abortion activist Kay Hagan is taking on pro-life Sen. Elizabeth Dole. Congressional Quarterly magazine recently upgraded this race from "Leans Republican" to "Toss-Up" and Emily’s List hopes its millions will buy Hagan a Senate seat there.

Looking at five Congressional races, Emily’s List is backing Debbie Halvorson in Illinois’ 11th Congressional district. She faces businessman Marty Ozinga in a race to replace pro-life Rep. Jerry Weller in this suburban Chicago district.

In Ohio, Mary Jo Kilroy is hoping to defeat Steve Stivers to replace outgoing mixed-record Rep. Deborah Pryce in the 15th district.

Stivers received a zero rating from Ohio NARAL, showing him to have a strong record against abortion.

"This seat has been in GOP hands since 1967 — you can bet the right-wing special interests won’t let it go without a fight. Kilroy needs $3 million to defeat Stivers and win this open swing seat for Democrats," the group says.

In Arizona, former state legislator Ann Kirkpatrick is taking on Sydney Hay in the 1st district and Emily’s List bashes Hay for being a former advisor to pro-life luminary Alan Keyes.

Florida sees Rep. Tom Feeney under fire from former state Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, who agrees with Emily’s List’s stance that all abortions be allowed throughout pregnancy and paid for at taxpayer expense.

And in Colorado’s fourth district, pro-abortion activist Betsy Markey is hoping to unseat pro-life Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, whom Emily’s List derides as the "Sarah Palin of Colorado."

The pro-abortion group admits Musgrave "has picked up incredible momentum in these final weeks" but "recent polling shows Markey pulling even with" the congresswoman.

President Ellen Malcolm implores the pro-abortion activists to give liberally.

"With every one of these races tightening by the day, and a right-wing base so energized for these extremist Republicans, we must do all we can," she says.

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