Pro-Abortion Group Emily’s List Shocked by Scott Brown Defeating Martha Coakley

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 20, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Group Emily’s List Shocked by Scott Brown Defeating Martha Coakley

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 20
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Emily’s List is quite possibly the most well-funded pro-abortion political group in the country and it directs millions of dollars to its candidates. The group lined up behind pro-abortion activists Martha Coakley in Massachusetts and, today, is reeling from the Scott Brown victory.

The organization is not used to losing and its outgoing president, Ellen Malcolm, will have to live with the legacy of the final election over which she presided ending in defeat in one of the most reliable pro-abortion states in the nation.

In an email to her supporters that obtained, Malcolm said her group is "deeply disappointed in the results" and it is trying to recover from its Wednesday morning daze to figure out what happened.

"EMILY’s List is conducting a thorough analysis of the race to help us understand how to better help" their candidates in this year’s midterm elections. "We will share the results with you as soon as we have them, but one message already is crystal clear: November promises to be a tough election and Democrats must work together to win."

"Voters’ frustration and anger, especially among independents, fueled Scott Brown’s campaign as he defeated Martha Coakley last night. It was a bitter result for EMILY’s List members,’ Malcolm conceded.

‘The shift of independents toward the Republican candidate was the major factor in Martha’s loss. Polling showed that independents had a favorable view of Coakley, yet Brown had a significant advantage in support among those voters. This same shift among independents was a factor behind recent Democratic losses in Virginia and New Jersey," she said in a rare bit of candor.

"I have tremendous confidence that EMILY’s List, our pro-choice Democratic women candidates, and our members are ready to win the tough races ahead," she said.

While Malcolm claimed the vote was a loss for women because Coakley would have become the first woman senator from Massachusetts, Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said women were winners with a Brown victory.

Dannenfelser told today that Coakley’s defeat is not a setback for women because the pro-abortion stalwart doesn’t represent the pro-life views of the majority of women.

"Martha Coakley’s defeat is not a setback for women in politics, it is a victory. Scott Brown’s success is a win for the majority of American women who demand authentic representation that reflects commonsense pro-life views, like abortion funding restrictions and conscience protections," she said.

"Martha Coakley’s extreme embrace of abortion may have endeared her to EMILY’s List and the abortion lobby, but it did little to win votes today. Abortion is never good for women, and it should never be a legitimate aspect of any ‘health care’ debate," Dannenfelser added.

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